ATHENS, OH – Senior Megan Burns was the star of the night for the University at Buffalo women's swimming & diving team on day two of the Mid-American Conference Championships as she was able to claim her fourth straight victory in the 50 freestyle. Burns claimed 20 points for the Bulls as they sit in second place after day two of events.
The Bulls currently sit in second place with 223.5 points while the Akron Zips extended their lead on day two as they currently have accumulated 292.5 points. Buffalo holds a slim 2.5-point lead over the Eastern Michigan Eagles for the second spot in the standings.
Burns was golden for the fourth straight season at the MAC Championships after qualifying in second place during the preliminaries. The senior avenged her prelims performance with a season-best time of 22.47 seconds in the final to claim the victory over Sadie Fazekas from Akron and fellow UB senior Eve Kosten who finished tied for second in 22.85 seconds. Burns claimed 20 points for the Bulls while Kosten was able to earn 16.5 for her career-best performance.
The finals opened up on Thursday night with the 500 freestyle and the Bulls were able to place two racers in the top-5. Senior Hannah Miller continued her strong season with a fourth place finish in 4:48.36 to earn 15 points while freshman Brittney Beetcher was able to take home fifth place in 4:49.03 while claiming 14 points for the Bulls.
Buffalo saw another freshman put together a strong performance in the 200 yard individual medley final as Olivia Sapio was able to notch a fourth place finish, posting a career-best time of 2:01.34. Her time is also the fourth fastest time in school history. Senior Victoria Butler was able to earn the Bulls five points as she posted a 12th place finish in a career-best time of 2:03.15.
In the final event of the night, the 200 freestyle relay, the Bulls were able to take home a second place finish and 34 points. The quartet of Megan Burns, Kosten, Catherine Schultheis and Andrea Ernst finished less than a second behind the winning team from Akron, posting a season-best time of 1:30.37. That time was also good enough for the second fastest in school history while the Zips set a meet record finishing in 1:29.74.
In the diving well, the Bulls didn't fare as well as they would have liked to in the first of two diving events. Sophomore Olivia Gosselin was the Bulls highest finisher in the 1-meter dive as she collected four points and finished in 13th place on Thursday, earning a score of 235.40 in the finals. Freshman Isobel Holcomb was able to earn a point as she came in 16th place with a score of 213.45 in her first career MAC Championships.
The Bulls will return to the pool on Friday morning starting 10:30 am with the 400 individual medley.