UB men's and women's swimming weekly release
Teams Complete Regular Seasons
The University at Buffalo swimming and diving teams completed the regular season over the weekend. On Friday, the UB men dropped their first dual meet of the season as the Bulls fell to Penn State, 138-97. The UB men rebounded with a 150-92 win over St. Bonaventure on Saturday while the UB women, in their lone meet of the weekend, downed the Bonnies, 149-92.
Divers Produce Season-Best Results
The UB divers were the top producers at Penn State as the Bulls swept both the one- and three-meter competitions taking the top two spots in both events. Colin Patrican won the one-meter diving competition with a season-best mark of 328.50 points. Chris Iafrati shattered his previous season-best mark in winning on the three-meter board. The sophomore tallied 338.62 points, more than 26 points past his previous high set on January 13 at Niagara. Iafrati finished second to Patrican on the one-meter board with another season-best of 321.90 while Patrican finished behind Iafrati on the three-meter board at 321.67. In Saturday's meet at St. Bonaventure, Iafrati posted his second season-best diving mark of the weekend as he won the one-meter event with 302.85 points. Against the Bonnies, the UB women swept the diving competitions as both Rachel Eckert and Ava Giachino posted season-best marks. Eckert won the one-meter springboard with 291.38 points while Giachino took the three-meter event with 283.12 points.
Marecki Leads Bulls Past Bonnies
In the women's meet at St. Bonaventure, Brynn Marecki was the lone Bull to record more than one individual victory. Marecki won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:12.42 and later took the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:24.05. She also swam the breaststroke portion of the UB's women's victorious 200-yard medley relay as the Bulls finished in 1:47.89. Joining Marecki were Melissa Trail, Marissa Murphy and Brittney Kuras.
Freestylers Head Winners List at Bonaventure
UB's freestyle swimmers were instrumental in the teams' victories over St. Bonaventure. Brittney Kuras won the 100-yard freestyle in 51.93 while Marissa Murphy took the 50-yard freestyle in 24.92. Murphy also swam in the winning 200-yard freestyle relay (1:37.80), joined by Spencer Rodriguez, Claudia Doyle and Mallory Morrell. Alie Schirmers took the 500-yard freestyle in 5:10.96. For the UB men, Eric Culver set a season-best mark in winning the 500-yard freestyle in 4:43.67. Other freestyle winners for the Bulls included Jared Heine in the 50 (21.17), Mike Dugan in the 100 (46.33) and Matt Hogan in the 200 (1:41.14). UB's 200-yard freestyle relay, composed of Cory Zorsch, Ryan Smrekar, Dugan and Heine, won in 1:23.69.
MAC Championships on the Horizon
Both squads now set their sights on the Mid-American Conference Championships at the end of the month. The women's meet will be held in Akron, OH starting February 22 while the UB men will defend their league crown starting March 1 in Oxford, OH.