ATHENS, OH – Senior Megan Burns was the lone MAC champion for the Bulls on Saturday in the final day of the MAC Championships for the University at Buffalo swimming & diving team. Buffalo was able to collect 573 points which was good for third place in the eight team field, matching last seasons program-best finish at the conference championships.
For the fourth straight year, Burns was able to claim the gold in the 100 freestyle as she was able to edge out Morgan Waggoner from Akron, finishing in a season-best time of 48.61 seconds. Burns also earned the 50 freestyle title for the fourth straight season as she becomes the first female swimmer in MAC history to claim four MAC crowns in both the 50 and 100 freestyle. No other swimmer in MAC history has ever won three titles in the two sprint events.
Burns was able to earn 20 points with the victory in the 100 freestyle while UB saw five other swimmers also place in the race. Senior Eve Kosten took home a fourth place finish in 49.98 while Andrea Ernst took home sixth place in 50.15, earning 15 and 13 points respectively. Catherine Schultheis finished in 10th place while Katelyn Burns took home 11th and Jillian Lawton finished in 14th place.
Buffalo saw a pair of swimmers record top-six finishes in the 1650 freestyle as senior Hannah Miller took home third place in a career-best time of 16:27.17, the second fastest time in program history. Fellow Bull Brittney Beetcher finished in sixth place in the event in a career-best time of 16:39.60.
Freshman Nicole Roitenberg had another strong showing in the 200 backstroke on Saturday as she posted a fourth place finish with a season-best time of 1:58.81. Fellow freshman Olivia Sapio was also able to take home an eighth place finish as she posted a season-best time of 2:00.22 while senior Claudia Casale finished in 15th place in 2:03.12.
The Bulls had five swimmers place in the 200 butterfly as Saoirse Palu-Benson and Roitenberg were able tie and take home fifth place in 2:01.63, season-best times for both swimmers. Freshman Sydnie Sovinsky finished in ninth place in 2:01.72 while Victoria Butler took 13th place and Sarah Baxter posted a 16th place finish.
Grace Baumer was the only UB swimmer to place in the 200 breaststroke as she was able to take home a sixth place finish in a season-best time of 2:15.02.
In the final relay of the championships, the Buffalo quartet of Megan Burns, Kosten, Schultheis and Ernst was able to take home 34 points and a second place medal. The Bulls team finished in a season-best time of 3:19.06, 0.14 seconds behind the winning team from Akron.
In the diving well, senior Kelly Moran was the lone UB diver to qualify for the final in the 3-meter dive and she was able to finish in ninth place and earn nine points for the Bulls. Moran was able to win the B final as she posted a dive that earned a score of 296.75, a qualifying mark for the NCAA's.
Burns and fellow senior Hannah Miller were named to the First Team All-MAC after their impressive meet. Burns earns the first team nod for the fourth straight season while Miller earns the accolade for the first time in her career. The Bulls also place four swimmers on the Second Team All-MAC as Nicole Roitenberg, Brittney Beetcher, Andrea Ernst and Eve Kosten all earned the recognition for the first time in their careers.
- Akron – 827.5 points
- Eastern Michigan – 590.5 points
- BUFFALO – 573 points
- Miami (OH) – 516 points
- Bowling Green – 333 points
- Toledo – 254 points
- Ohio – 253 points
- Ball State – 158 points