Women's Team Wins Fifth in a Row
The University at Buffalo women's swimming and diving team scored a 168-130 victory over Akron on Friday in Mid-American Conference action at Ocasek Natatorium. The Bulls have now won their last five dual meets and stand 6-2 overall and 2-2 in the MAC.
Kuras Hits the Trifecta
Brittney Kuras won three events to lead the Bulls on the day against the Zips. Kuras set a season-best in claiming the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:04.92. She also posted a victory in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:03.86 and finished her day with a victory in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:06.87.
Morrell, Adank Double Up
Mallory Morrell and Dani Adank won two events each for the Bulls sweeping their specialties, the sprint freestyles and butterfly events, respectively. Morrell took the 50-yard freestyle in 23.75 and the 100-yard freestyle in 52.17. Marissa Murphy finished second to Morrell in the 100-yard race in a season-best 52.60. Adank swept the butterfly races winning the 200-yard event in 2:07.33 and the 100-yard distance in 58.51. Morrell also helped the Bulls to a win in the 200-yard medley relay, swimming the freestyle leg, to a 1:46.15 clocking. Joining Morrell on the foursome were Claudia Doyle, Alie Schirmers and Taylor Steffl.
Miller, Giachino Also Score Season-Bests
Emma Miller turned in a season-best time in winning the 1,650-yard freestyle in 17:37.55. Miller sliced nearly 17 seconds off her mark which she set in December's Zippy Invitational in the same pool. Ava Giachino also improved on her season-best one-meter diving score. Giachino won the event with a six-dive total of 276.15 points, a point and a half improvement from her January 13 victory at Niagara.
UB head coach Andy Bashor was pleased with his women's efforts on Friday at Akron. "Akron competed well, so we had to raise our level which is not an easy thing to do on the road. We are in a great spot in our season and we are ready to rest and compete at MACs," commented Bashor.
Regular Season Finales This Weekend
The Bulls are on the road this weekend as both the men's and women's teams conclude the regular season. The UB men travel to Penn State on Friday, February 3 to tangle with the Penn State Nittany Lions. Both squads head to St. Bonaventure on Saturday, February 4 to face the Bonnies at 1:00 pm in the season finales. Penn State (2-6) was defeated over the weekend by a pair of Top 10 teams in Big Ten competition as the Nittany Lions fell to fourth-ranked Michigan (264-70) and ninth-ranked Ohio State (243-91) in Columbus on Saturday. The St. Bonaventure men are 4-3 and finished fifth at Akron's Zippy Invitational while the Bonnie women are 3-5 and placed 12th in Akron in December.