The Zips lead Buffalo by an ultra-slim 12 points margin with one day to go, marking the toughest fight Akron has had since they began the win streak in 2014.
Watson posted a 1:56.42 to win the MAC title in the 200 IM for a 3rd-straight year, and pick up Akron’s 5th-straight title in the event.
Six-time defending MAC champion Akron leads the meet through day 1, after winning both of tonight’s events.
Nogaj clocked a 1:19.67 to win the 150 free, splitting 25.47, 27.65, and 26.55 respectively.
Much like the first day of compeition, members of Akron’s relays went on to win individual events.
The Akron women defended their home pool and captured the crown after two days of competition at the second annual Akron Zips Classic.
In a 12-event meet at Akron, the Gold team topped team Blue by a score of 120-102 to take the intrasquad crown led by Paulina Nogaj.
A slew of meet records went down again on day 2, keeping with the pace of this now increasingly attended meet.
Duquesne and Akron squared off in a dual meet on Saturday which featured a unique format with 17 “mystery” events being picked just moments prior to the beginning of each respective race. The Zips won 247-154.
Olivia Gardner from England’s Ellesmere College Titans has announced she will swim for the Akron Zips next year.
McKenzie Rice, a member of the Countryside YMCA National Team and a senior at Lakota West High School in West Chester, Ohio, has made a verbal commitment to swim for the University of Akron next year.
Canadian sprint freestyle and butterfly specialist Sarah Watson has verbally committed to the University of Akron for 2018-19.
Lauren Cooper of Dublin Jerome High School and Ohio State Swim Club has made a verbal commitment to the University of Akron.