Seniors Go Out On Winning Note
The University at Buffalo men's and women's swimming and diving teams sent out the 2013 senior class on a winning note Saturday afternoon as the Bulls swept Big Four rival St. Bonaventure at Alumni Arena Natatorium in the final dual meet of the year. The Bulls defeated the Bonnies, 159-135, in the men's meet. The UB women knocked off the Bonnies, 177-111. It was the fifth straight win by the Bulls in both all-time series.
Four Women Pick Up Double Wins
In the women's meet, Spencer Rodriguez, Kelsey Barbour, Karly Moore and Ava Giachino each claimed a pair of victories for the Bulls. Rodriguez won the 1,000-yard freestyle in 10:27.41 and later took the 400-yard individual medley in 4:31.16. Barbour swept the breaststroke races, winning the 100-yard distance in 1:06.78 and the 200-yard race in 2:26.20. Moore won the 50-yard freestyle in 24.53 and earned first-place points with a season-best 2:08.67 in the 200-yard backstroke. Giachino set season-best marks on both diving boards. She won the one-meter event with 286.13 points and claimed the three-meter springboard with 297.83 points. Barbour was also a member of the winning 200-yard medley relay (1:47.42) along with Alexis Valedon, Marissa Murphy and Mallory Morrell.
Freshman Patrum Triples in Men's Meet
Leading the UB men was freshman Billy Patrum as he earned first-place finishes in three events. Patrum set a season-best in taking the 1,000-yard freestyle in 9:42.29. He also won the 200-yard butterfly in 1:56.00 and picked up first-place points with a 4:11.42 finish in the 400-yard individual medley.
Zorsch, Hogan Claim Doubles
Seniors Cory Zorsch and Matt Hogan won two events each in their final home meet of their careers. Zorsch set a season-best time in the 100-yard backstroke (51.05) and tied his season-best in winning the 100-yard butterfly (49.03). Hogan swept the sprint freestyle races, winning the 50-yard freestyle in 21.27 and the 100-yard freestyle in 46.16. Zorsch also swam the opening backstroke leg of the victorious 200-yard medley relay as he was joined by fellow seniors Josh Meints, Matt Schwippert and Ryan Smrekar to a 1:31.78 finish. Mike Dugan set a season-best in winning the 200-yard freestyle in 1:42.77. Meints won the 100-yard breaststroke in 57.62. Schwippert claimed the 200-yard backstroke in 1:50.92.
Five Headed to Columbus
The Bulls will rest for the MAC Championships at the end of the month. Five swimmers will represent the Bulls at this weekend's Ohio State Winter Invitational. Zach Rice, Paul Garman, Austin Kowalsky and Jacob Hofmar-Glennon will represent the men while Kate Grimm will compete for the UB women.