2022 Women’s MAC Champs: Akron Breaks Pair of Pool Records to Open Meet

2022 MAC WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS

Team Scores (Thru Day 1)

  1. Akron – 80 points
  2. Buffalo – 68 points
  3. Miami-  64 points
  4. Bowling Green/Eastern Michigan/Ohio-  54 points
  5. Ball State-  50 points
  6. Toledo-  48 points

Akron got out to the start they wanted in their effort to reclaim the MAC title, winning both relays on night one of the meet last night in Bowling Green. The Zips kicked things off with a Pool Record in the 200 medley relay, holding off Buffalo to clock the win.

Madelyn Gantrall (24.68), Paula Garcia (27.61), Sarah Watson (22.96), and Sofia Hennell (22.03) teamed up for a 1:37.28, exactly one second short of their MAC record, which they set in 2019. The field of backstrokers was great in this relay. Bowling Green’s Daisy Platts led off her team in 24.31, making her the 24th-fastest 50 backstroker in the NCAA this season. Additionally, Miami (OH) was led off by freshman Madeline Padavic in 24.67. Buffalo’s Katie Pollock was blazing on breaststroke for her team, splitting a field-leading 26.97.

The Zips went on to win the 800 free relay, and did so more convincingly than they won the 200 medley. Sarah Watson led the team off in a personal best of 1:45.18, putting her #31 in the NCAA (as things stand at the time of writing this) this season in the 200 free. Watson was followed by Weronika Gorecka in 1:47.09, then Victoria Kaufman with a 1:48.21, and Paulina Nogaj on the anchor with a 1:46.61 split. Akron combined for a 7:07.09 demolishing the BGSU pool record by 6 seconds, and coming up just shy of the 7:06.81 MAC record the Zips established in 2019.

Another notable split on the 800 free came from Miami’s Nicole Maier, who led her team off in 1:44.90, marking a massive new personal best. Not only was the swim a best time, it marks a new Miami (OH) program record, and will all but certainly be fast enough for Maier to qualify for NCAAs.

Program Records:

  • Buffalo: 200 medley relay – 1:37.58
  • Miami (OH): 200 medley relay – 1:38.53
  • Bowling Green: 200 medley relay – 1:39.02
  • Ball State: 200 medley relay – 1:40.53 (broke 9-year-old record)
  • Ball State: 800 free relay – 7:23.86 (broke 10-year-old record)

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Nicole Maier Superfan
7 months ago

Way to go, Nicole! Keep it up! Happy to be your biggest fan!

Tommy
7 months ago

Let’s go Buffalo!!!!

thezwimmer
7 months ago

Meier’s time was also a conference record

thezwimmer
7 months ago

Chirp Chirp!

Buckeyeboy
Reply to  thezwimmer
7 months ago

Not a SINGLE Ball State girl home faster than 30.4 in the 200 IM today. That’s trash. Most were 31+. Dumpster fire continues. Chirp on that

Nicole Maier Superfan
Reply to  Buckeyeboy
7 months ago

That was…unnecessary

Charlie
Reply to  Buckeyeboy
7 months ago

Ball State has done nothing but get better over the last couple years! You are a clueless, bitter soul…

Buckeyeboy
Reply to  Charlie
7 months ago

Not true at all. I am a proud BSU alum. Just an embarrassed one looking at results.

Charlie
Reply to  Buckeyeboy
7 months ago

You are ignorant of facts. Anyone can look at the improvement in points and scoring at MAC and know that this team has made significant progress over the last several years. Last year they had the highest percentage of lifetime bests at MAC out of all MAC teams according to the Collegeswimming stats. Love your IM stat – remember Michael Andrew was the fastest IMer in the US with a rough Fr leg.

thezwimmer
Reply to  Buckeyeboy
7 months ago

If you were a proud BSU alum, you wouldn’t hide behind a username to trash your school.

Greg
Reply to  Buckeyeboy
7 months ago

That’s the beauty of the IM – many ways to swim it. 5 of 7 improved their seed times, with one adding a few seconds. Very well could be illness in that case. Sounds like anything but a dumpster fire.

BTW – at this level they are referred to as women, not girls.

Buckeyeboy
Reply to  Greg
7 months ago

Hey Greg. Your opinion is your own. As is mine. If you want to carry on and justify mediocrity for the womens program. Continue to do so. However, anyone that knows even a little bit about competitive swimming knows those splits in the IM are bad. That was my point.

thezwimmer
Reply to  Buckeyeboy
7 months ago

The IM is about playing to your strengths. How would you suggest they swim the race buckeyeboy?

Buckeyeboy
Reply to  thezwimmer
7 months ago

I suggest they swim the race that will allow them to swim an entire 200 to the best of their ability. That clearly didn’t happen here. Hence my original post.

J. Not Jay Agnew Fan Club
Reply to  Buckeyeboy
7 months ago

Sounds like a bitter BSU alum that didn’t get make the OSU cut. Inquiring minds would love to know your 200 IM time and year. These femal athletes are proving BSU is on the rise. CHIRP CHIRP

Buckeyeboy
Reply to  J. Not Jay Agnew Fan Club
7 months ago

Hi J. Have no idea what the OSU cut is you are referencing. Looks like the girls were slightly better today (breasts especially). IM’s not so much, but we covered that yesterday. Hoping WE. An make it out of the. Solar sometime this weekend. Chirp, Chirp

Buckeyeboy
Reply to  Buckeyeboy
7 months ago

Hoping WE can make it out of the cellar sometime this weekend. Chirp, Chirp