UB men's and women's swimming weekly release
Men Place Third at MAC Championships
The University at Buffalo men's swimming and diving team finished third at the three-day Mid-American Conference Championships at Dr. Edward J. Shea Natatorium at Southern Illinois University. The Bulls finished with 698.5 total points as they won three individual titles and four relays.
Dugan Takes Pair of Titles
Mike Dugan won a pair of individual races and was part of three winning relays for the Bulls. On Thursday, Dugan claimed his first 50-yard freestyle title, winning the championship race in 20.44 seconds. On Friday, he became UB's first-ever MAC champion in the 100-yard butterfly as the Bulls took the top three spots. Dugan won in 48.22 seconds with Matt Schwippert second in 48.44 and Cory Zorsch third in 48.65.
Hogan Defends 100-yard Freestyle Title
Matt Hogan successfully defended his 100-yard freestyle title on Saturday as he won the race in 44.17 earning an NCAA B qualifying time. Hogan also posted B cut times in the 200-yard freestyle and 200-yard individual medley. In the freestyle race, he finished second in 1:36.53. In the IM, he lowered his school record in finishing third in 1:46.62, taking .14 seconds off his time.
Relay Teams Go Four-for-Five
The Bulls won four of the five relay races. UB opened the meet by setting a school record to take the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:19.65. The foursome of Cory Zorsch, Matt Hogan, Ryan Smrekar and Mike Dugan took two-hundredths of a second off the record set at last season's MAC Championship meet. They capped off Thursday with another record win in the 400-yard medley relay as Matt Schwippert, Josh Meints, Zorsch and Hogan broke both the UB and MAC Championship marks with their 3:13.18 finish. Schwippert also broke Phil Aronica's school record in the 100-yard backstroke with his leadoff leg of 47.70. The Bulls continued by winning the 200-yard medley relay on Friday as Schwippert, Meints, Zorsch and Dugan finished in 1:27.92, .05 seconds off the UB record set in 2011. After finishing third in the 800-yard freestyle relay, the Bulls closed the meet on Saturday with a victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay as Zorsch, Dugan, Smrekar and Hogan took the race in 2:57.41.
Culver Sets Pair of New Records
Eric Culver set a pair of school records in his weekend performances. He finished second in the 200-yard butterfly final in 1:48.51 after he broke Scott Woster's 2009 mark (1:49.29) with a 1:48.72 clocking in the heats. Earlier, he 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.
Seven Named to All-MAC Squads
The league announced its All-MAC teams following the meet. Dugan, Hogan and Schwippert were named to the All-MAC First Team. Billy Patrum, Meints, Zorsch and Culver picked up second-team honors.