The 2021 Women’s MAC Championships appeared to be heading towards a dramatic finish all weekend, and, oh boy, did it deliver.
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.
Franklin Community Indiana HS Sectional champion Grace Nuhfer has verbally committed to swim for the University of Akron beginning in the fall of 2021.
Akron won 3 more individual events and another relay today.
The Zips head into the final day of the meet holding a 74 point advantage over Buffalo.
Nogaj clocked a 1:19.67 to win the 150 free, splitting 25.47, 27.65, and 26.55 respectively.
The only women’s event Akron didn’t win was the 1650 free, where Cincinnati’s Rocky Laabs swam a 16:37.96.
The Akron women defended their home pool and captured the crown after two days of competition at the second annual Akron Zips Classic.
That time stands as Nogaj’s fastest dual meet performance in her NCAA career.
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.
Giovanna Cappabianca of Hudson Explorers and Hudson HEAT has verbally committed to the University of Akron for 2020-21.
Akron seems to be leading this charge of Mid-Major programs, having qualified 3 individual swimmers and 4 out of 5 relays to the meet.
Like in 2018, the Stanford women again have 18 swimmers that will earn invites to NCAAs.