Buffalo – One; Akron – Zip

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November 05th, 2016 College, NCAA Division I Mid-Major

Meet Stats

  • Hosted by Buffalo (Alumni Arena Natatorium)
  • November 4, 2016
  • 25 yards, women’s dual meet

Press Release

Courtesy of Buffalo Athletics

BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo women’s swimming and diving team welcomed the Akron Zips to the Alumni Arena Natatorium on Friday. The Bulls dominated in both the diving well and the swimming pool.

After falling to Akron in the 200 Medley Relay, the Bulls stepped it up and took away a first place finish in the next two events. Hannah Miller blew her competition away in the 1000 Free. She was several seconds ahead of the second and third place finishers; clocking in at 10:14.05. In the 200 Free, Megan Burns took first with a time of 1:49.61. The Bulls also saw first place finishes in the 500 Free (Hannah Miller; 4:59.71), 200 IM (Sarah Baxter; 2:05.23), 50 Free (Burns; 22.82), 100 Free (Burns; 50.24), 200 Fly (Julia Box; 2:03.10), and the 200 Free Relay (Eve Kosten, Catherine Schultheis, Sarah Baxter, and Megan Burns; 1:32.97).

The Bulls also saw success from several other athletes tonight. Catherine Schultheis took third in the 50 Free (23.79) and third in the 100 Free (51.90). Eve Kosten took second in the 50 Free with a time of 23.79. Grace Baumer took third in the 200 Breast with a time of 2:21.62Anna Vitolins took second in the 100 Breast with a time of 1:05.26.

The Bulls proved impressive in the diving well in addition to the pool. Abbey Croce took first on the one-meter dive with a score of 293.40. Coming in second, was teammate Valerie Lortie, who had a score of 252.83. Croce also took first on the three-meter dive with a score of 279.90.

The Bulls are back in action again on December 2nd, when they travel to Akron for the Zippy Invitational.

Press Release

Courtesy of Akron Athletics

BUFALLO, N.Y. – Akron faced its first road test of the year against Buffalo as the Bulls would come out on top over the Zips on Friday evening at Buffalo’s Alumni Arena Natatorium.

“Hats off to Andy Bashor and the Bulls. We knew all week it was going to be a close competition but I am very happy with the efforts our team gave tonight. The character of our team is strong and our leadership continues to improve with each outing,” said head coach Brian Peresie. “Although the final result is not what we were looking for, I can state without reservation that our team is on track to do great things as the season progresses.”

The Zips opened competition in the 200 medley relay with a first place finish. The Akron relay team of sophomore Madison Myers (Akron, Ohio), junior Kristen Vargas (Baltimore, Md.), sophomore Sadie Fazekas (Windsor, Ontario), and freshman Morgan Waggoner (Freemont, Ohio) clocked in with a time of 1:43.73 for the top spot.

UA would go on to take first place in both the 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke events. Senior Luka Szynal (Lublin, Poland) swam the 100 back in 56.03, while her fellow Zip senior Laura Savariau (Saint-Hilaire-la-Palud, France) placed second overall in 59.02. Junior Paloma Marrero Munoz (Merida, Spain) finished first in the 100 breast with a time of 1:04.28.

Szynal and Marrero would take first place in their respective events again later on in the evening in the 200 back and 200 breaststroke. Szynal swam her 200 yards in a time of 1:59.89, while Marrero clocked in at 2:17.63 in the breaststroke.

Fazekas won her first individual event of the meet in the 100 butterfly. The sophomore swam the 100 fly in 54.83, beating the closest swimmer by 0.94 seconds.

On the boards, senior Paige Kelkenberg (Lockport, N.Y.) and freshman Kari Djonne (Sandy Hook, Ct.) finished second and third in the three-meter dive. Kelkenberg earned a total score of 274.13, while Djonne tallied a 252.08.

Kelkenberg also placed third overall in the one-meter after being scored a 232.73 by the judges.

The Zips are back in the pool in two weeks, Nov. 18-20, as Akron travels up I-71 to take part in the Magnus Cup Invitational hosted by Cleveland State.

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