BUFFALO, NY – After concluding their first unbeaten dual meet regular season in program history, the University at Buffalo women's swimming & diving team (8-0, 4-0 MAC) will look to carry the momentum over to the Mid-American Conference Championships this week in Athens, OH. The MAC Championships begin on Wednesday evening and will go until Saturday.
A season ago, the Bulls were able to post their best team finish at the MAC Championships in Miami (OH) as they took home third place after breaking 10 school records and two MAC records. Megan Burns was able to earn Most Outstanding Swimmer honors after taking home the gold in the three events, 50, 100 and 200 freestyle while also placing six swimmers on All-MAC squads. Sarah Baxter and Hannah Miller also earned Second Team All-MAC honors last season at the MAC Championships.
Burns will once again be looked upon as the favorite in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle while entering the championships with the second best time in the 200 freestyle in the conference behind Akron's Sadie Fazekas. Fellow senior Hannah Miller enters as the favorite in the 500 freestyle and the 1650 freestyle as she posted the best times in the conference in both events this season. Freshman Nicole Roitenberg will look to continue her strong first season for the Bulls in the 200 backstroke as she posted the third fastest time in the MAC this season in the event.
The Bulls 200 freestyle relay team of Megan Burns, Baxter, Eve Kosten and Jillian Lawton will look to upend the favorites from Akron after posting a 1:32.37 finish earlier this season in the event. In the 400 freestyle relay, the Bulls team of Megan Burns, Andrea Ernst, Kosten and Catherine Schultheis rank second on the season behind the Zips' squad. Buffalo also posted the second fastest time this season in the 800 freestyle relay as the team of Baxter, Olivia Sapio, Miller and Megan Burns finished just behind the Akron squad with a season-best time of 7:24.54.
In the diving well, senior Kelly Moran will look for her first MAC Championship after completing her best season as a Bull. The senior was not beaten in a 3-meter dive event all season long as she notched a season-best score of 325.80 against Cleveland State on Senior Day while also posting a season-best and team-best score of 276.83 in the 1-meter dive at the same dual. Sophomore Olivia Gosselin will also look to contribute inside the diving well after a strong second season for the Bulls.
The MAC Championships will begin Wednesday night with the 200 yard medley relay and the 800 yard freestyle relay at the Ohio University Aquatic Center.