Matt Schwippert Wins MAC Title in 200 Backstroke
YPSILANTI, MI - The University at Buffalo men's swimming and diving team wrapped up the 2010 MAC Championship tonight, with freshman Matt Schwippert taking away the MAC Championship in the 200 backstroke, breaking a school and MAC record with a time of 1:45.23. The Bulls finished the meet in second place out of seven teams. Head coach Andy Bashor was named MAC Swimming Coach of the Year for the second year in a row, after the Bulls set 13 new records this weekend alone.
In the 100 freestyle, Jared Heine and Matt Hogan tied for second place with a time of 44.95. In the preliminary event, Heine broke the school record in a time 44.67, bettering the 18-year old record of 45.17, set in 1992. Simon Proudfoot finished seventh in the event, swimming a time of 45.81. Chad Miller took the 10th-place spot in a season-best time of 45.65.Distance specialist Connor Vander Zalm turned in a ninth-place finish in the 1650 freestyle, swimming to a season-best time of 16:01.03. Freshman Zach Rice wasn't far behind, as he took 11th in a season-best time of 16:04.76. Schwippert won the MAC Championship in the 200 backstroke, breaking a school record and a MAC record in a time of 1:45.23. The record breaking swim was Schwippert's fifth of the weekend. Senior Zach Ruske finished third in the 200 backstroke, in a season-best time of 1:48.16, while fellow senior Andrew Tamchynatook sixth in a time of 1:49.33, as the Bulls walked away with 49 points in that event alone.
Freshman Josh Meints shattered the school record in the 200 breaststroke, taking fourth in a time of 2:02.60, nearly four seconds off the old record set in 2002. Chris Berloth picked up fourth-place points in the 200 butterfly, finishing in a lifetime-best time of 1:50.19.
After essentially rewriting the record books this weekend, the Bulls capped off the meet with a second-place finish and school record in the 400 freestyle relay, as the team of Hogan, Proudfoot, Miller and Heine swam a time of 2:59.60, breaking the record from 1992 by more than two seconds.
Buffalo finished the meet in second place with 613.5 points. Eastern Michigan took the 2010 team title, finishing the weekend with 773 points. Behind the Bulls in third place was Missouri State (587), followed by Miami (574.5) in fourth, and Southern Illinois (478), Ball State (231.5) and Evansville (136.5), finishing in fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively.