Akron Women Still in the Lead After Day Two of MAC Championship

by Samuel Wood 0

February 28th, 2014 College



Day two of the Women’s Mid-American Conference Championship would see Akron (378) hold a 46 point lead over Miami(332) heading into the final day of action in Geneva, Ohio. Bowling Green sits at 324 points and the MAC title is still very much up for grabs.


The Zips kicked off day two with a victory in the 200 medley relay.  The team of Kelsey Ferrante, Kendra Colby, Erin Seiler and Hannah Raspopovich finished in 1:39.69, just missing the MAC record of 1:39.68 set by Miami in 2011.  Buffalo took the runner-up spot at 1:40.67 followed by Ball State in third at 1:41.16.

Buffalo’s Spencer Rodriguez would prove victorious in the 400 IM, earning an NCAA “B” standard of 4:17.21.  Christina Noens of Toledo also earned a “B” standard, finishing second in 4:18.17.  Miami Sophomore Aubrey Kluth would go on to take bronze in 4:21.71.

The 100 fly would see a SPIRE Institute pool record be taken down by Ohio sophomore Addy Ferguson, who touched first in 53.48. Toledo senior Beth Rogers would follow in second at 53.87.  Ball State’s Haley Richter rounded out third in 54.15.  All three women earned NCAA “B” standards for their efforts.

Brittney Kuras of Buffalo took home her second individual MAC title of the weekend, winning the 200 free in an NCAA “B” standard time of 1:47.24.  Jessica Powers of Buffalo took a second place finish at 1:48.24.  Bowling Green freshman Victoria Griffin earned herself a third place finish at 1:49.10.

The 200 breaststroke had six women achieve NCAA “B” standards, but Ball State senior Bridgette Ruehl would come out on top finishing in a new pool record time 1:01.13.  Danielle Carrillo of Bowling Green would take second at 1:01.83 and Eastern Michigan’s Monica Dorszewski snagged a third place finish at 1:02.22.

Ohio sophomore Addy Ferguson took down the lone MAC record on the night, winning the 100 backstroke in 53.10, bettering the record she set in prelims of 53.50.  Akron freshman Laura Savariau took second in 54.21, just edging out Mallory Miles of Ball State who would touch third in 54.64.

The Buffalo women took home the MAC crown in the 800 free relay, the final event of the night.  The quartet of Spencer Rodriguez, Jessica Powers, Brittney Walters and Brittney Kuras touched first in 7:17.35.  Bowling Green would take second in 7:20.05 followed by Akron in third at 7:23.67.

Day Two Scores:

1. Akron: 378

2. Miami: 332

3. Bowling Green: 324

4. Buffalo: 299

5. Eastern Michigan: 291

6. Ball State: 241

7. Ohio: 240

8. Toldeo: 234

Day three prelims will begin at 11:00 AM with finals starting at 7:00 PM.  You can catch all the action HERE with a live stream provided by the Mid-American Conference.

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About Samuel Wood

Samuel Wood swam club and high school for 12 years,  choosing not to pursue a college career for academic reasons. He is a junior at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale where he studies political science and journalism.  In the summer months Samuel is an instructor at Miller Aquatics in Homer, Illinois where …

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