2018 Women’s MAC Championships Day 2: Moynihan Breaks 500 FR Record



  1. Akron – 292.5
  2. Buffalo – 223.5
  3. Eastern Michigan – 221
  4. Miami – 170
  5. Bowling Green – 131
  6. Ohio – 101
  7. Toledo  – 100
  8. Ball State – 89

On the second day of the Women’s MAC Championships, Akron expanded its lead in the team standings by a little to finish the day just under 70 points ahead of Buffalo. The Zips only won 2 of the 5 events of the day, but went 1-2-3 in the 200 IM and took 4 of the top 8 spots in the 50 free, providing huge points for the team.

Ella Moynihan (Miami junior) blasted a 4:42.42 in the 500 free to win by 2 seconds over EMU’s Nicole Swartz. Moynihan was aggressive on the first half of the race, flipping at the 200 in 1:50.72, and then averaging about 57.2 for the final 300. Her time broke the Miami school and MAC records, and will likely earn her an invite to the NCAAs.

Paloma Marrero took the 200 IM in an Akron 1-2-3 finish. Marrero led the pack with a 1:59.04, followed by Ellie Nebraska at 2:00.23, and freshman Paulina Nogaj at 2:00.40. Marrero had a very fast back half, coming in at 1:01.12, fueled by a 33.21 breast split and 27.91 free split. Nebraska had a great backstroke split, coming in at 29.80, while Nogaj blasted a 24.88 on the fly split.

Megan Burns took the 50 free in 22.47. That time came in well off her lifetime best of 22.04, which is also the MAC record, but was still good to win by 4-tenths of a second over Sadie Fazekas.

Akron went .03 seconds slower than their season best in the 200 free relay, but their time of 1:29.74 was still good for a meet record. They were led off by Fazekas in 22.79, followed by Susan Franz at 22.55, Morgan Waggoner at 22.33 and Ellie Nebraska at 22.07.

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