Busy Weekend For Swim Teams
The University at Buffalo's men's and women's swimming and diving teams ended the regular season over the weekend. The UB men dropped a 129-110 decision on Friday at Penn State but rebounded with a 161-127 victory over St. Bonaventure. The UB women also knocked off the Bonnies with a 174-103 decision.
Heine Has Strong Meet at Penn State
In the Penn State meet, Jared Heine won the 200-yard freestyle in a season-best 1:42.12, holding off Penn State's Scott Marino, who finished second in 1:42.24. Heine also scored a second-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle in 46.48. Heine also anchored the 200-yard free relay to a first-place finish as the foursome of Simon Proudfoot, Mike Dugan, Ryan Smrekar and Heine touched the wall in 1:24.56.
Mason Leads Women Past Bonnies
In the women's meet against St. Bonaventure, the Bulls extended their winning streak to six. Sophomore Logan Mason led the Bulls as she set a season-best in winning the 200-yard butterfly in 2:08.37. She also won the 100-yard freestyle in 53.70. Mason also anchored UB's victorious 200-yard medley relay squad to a 1:48.18 clocking with Marissa Murphy, Brynn Marecki and Jessie Koltz in the water before her.
Divers Sweep Nittany Lions and Bonnies
UB's divers swept all six of the events in their meets with Penn State and St. Bonaventure. Against the Nittany Lions, Colin Patrican took first place in the one-meter event with a six-dive total of 303.30 points. Kenny Rhoades won the three-meter competition with 354.45 points while Patrican was second with 337.20 points. On Saturday, Patrican won the one-meter event with 332.33 points with Rhoades picking up a victory on the three-meter board at 348.45. Freshman Ava Giachino swept the women's diving competitions against the Bonnies. Giachino scored 247.43 points for her six dives from the one-meter board and followed with a three-meter victory with 234.45 points.
Sending Out the Seniors
Prior to the St. Bonaventure meet, the Bulls honored their 2011 senior class. Women's seniors included Jordan Deren, Jessie Koltz, Alisa Koopman, Catherine Scharf and Renae Sharkey. Participating in their final home men's meet were Kenny Rhoades and Sterling Gell.
Following the weekend meets, head coach Andy Bashor commented on his team's performances. "I felt that we had a couple of very good meets. Now we are gearing up for the MAC Championships. Pretty much, the heavy workload is done with and now we are focusing on resting and working on the little things to make us faster or better on the boards. We love this time of the season and we can't wait to have amazing performances at MACs."