February 29, 2016
Megan Burns won three gold medals, two silver medals, and a bronze medal at the 2016 Women’s Swimming and Diving MAC Championships at Bowling Green. She also anchored the Bulls’ 200 medley relay team to a seventh place finish.
Burns won the 50 free and 100 free for the second-straight year at MAC’s with times of 22.36 and 48.67, while anchoring the 800 freestyle relay leg in 1:46.90. UB won this event for the third-straight year with an overall time of 7:13.83.
She also secured a second-place finish in the 200 freestyle leg with an opening leg time of 22.16. Her time of 22.16 not only set a new UB school record in the 50 freestyle, but also broke the MAC record, MAC Championship record, and the Cooper Pool record. The second silver medal for the Rochester, NY native came in the 400 yard freestyle relay where the team finished in a time of 3:20.71. Burns added a bronze medal in the 200 yard freestyle where she swam 1:48.98.
A day after the MAC Championships concluded, Burns hit a US Olympic time trials cut in the 50 meter free with a time of 25.82, which is well below the time needed to qualify of 26.99. This is the second-straight MAC’s that Burns has won three gold medals.
Junior Vinny Mallaro returned from injury on Sunday afternoon and had a historic afternoon as he became the first UB player since the program's reinstatement in 2000 to hit for the cycle. The cycle is getting a single, double, triple and home run all in the same game and is one of the hardest things to do in baseball. Mallaro finished off his day going 4-for-6 with five RBI's and two runs scored. The junior went triple, double, home run and then single in his first four at bats to make history for UB as they were able to sweep the three-game weekend series with UT-Martin with a 15-8 victory Sunday. The four-hit effort was the first of Mallaro's career and he also set a career-high in RBI's in a game with five. The right fielder is now batting .412 on the season to go along with five RBI's, three runs scored and a .824 slugging percentage.