Bulls Move Into Second Place After Day Two of MAC Men’s Swim Championships
CARBONDALE, IL – The University at Buffalo won a relay and took the top three spots in the 100-yard butterfly to move into second place following the second night of action at the Mid-American Conference Men's Swimming and Diving Championships at Southern Illinois University's Dr. Edward J. Shea Natatorium.
The Bulls won Friday's opening relay race, 200-yard medley relay as the foursome of Matt Schwippert, Josh Meints, Cory Zorsch and Mike Dugan finished in 1:27.92. The time was .05 seconds off the UB record set in 2011 and the third consecutive league title in the event for the program.
The highlight of the individual races was the 100-yard butterfly as the Bulls scored the top three finishers in the event. Dugan gave UB its first-ever MAC champion in the event as he won the race in 48.22 seconds. Schwippert was second in 48.44 and Zorsch was third in 48.65. Eric Forrester also earned championship points for the Bulls as he finished seventh in 50.00.
Matt Hogan finished second in the 200-yard freestyle as he earned an NCAA B qualifying standard time of 1:36.53. Antonio Lanzi and Tommy Steele raced in the consolation final with Lanzi placing 10th in 1:39.34 and Steele finishing 13th in 1:40.81.
Eric Culver broke Zach Ruske's 2009 school record in the 400-yard individual medley as he finished third in 3:55.60, nearly two seconds ahead of the old mark. Freshmen Billy Patrum and Bill Caffee also earned championship points as Patrum took sixth in 3:58.64 and Caffee was eighth in 4:01.28. John Nord raced in the consolation final placing 13th in 4:03.97.
Schwippert also finished third in the 100-yard backstroke in 48.30, earning an NCAA B cut. Zorsch was sixth in 49.84. The Bulls also had three racers in the consolation final as Phil Aronica was 12th in 50.39, Forrester was 13th in 50.50 and Travis Bohn was 14th in 50.71.
Meints also picked up a seventh-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke in 56.05.
The night ended as the Bulls finished third in the 800-yard freestyle relay. Dugan, Lanzi, Schwippert and Hogan turned in a 6:35.19 clocking.
"We had another good night. I am very proud of how we are performing," said head coach Andy Bashor. "We have one more day and it's going to be exciting."
The Bulls moved into second place as Friday's events and the meet is a three-way fight between the Bulls, current leader Missouri State and last season's champion Eastern Michigan. UB has 490.5 points and trails the Bears by 12.5 points. The Bulls also lead the Eagles by the same 12.5 point margin.
Competition concludes Saturday.
Team scores (through 12 events): Missouri State 503, Buffalo 490.5, Eastern Michigan 478, Southern Illinois 278, Miami (OH) 258.5, Ball State 127, Evansville 116.