A Stong Second Day by the Bulls at the Cleveland State Invite

A Stong Second Day by the Bulls at the Cleveland State Invite

CLEVELAND, OH – The University at Buffalo men's and women's swimming and diving teams had a number of strong performances at the second day of the Cleveland State Invite on Saturday. The women's team extended its lead to 220 points over second place Cleveland State, while the men's team closed the gap to just 80.5 points over the first place Vikings.

On the women's side, the Bulls won four races and a diving event. The 200 medley relay team of Melissa Trail, Alexis Valedon, Taylor Steffl and Brittney Kuras got UB's first win of the day with a time of 1:43.69, two seconds better than second place Cleveland State.

The Bulls also won the 800 freestyle relay with a meet-record time of 7:30.63. The team was comprised of Brittney Walters, Becky Evangelista, Jessica Powers and Kuras.

Kuras earned her third win of the day with a victory in the 200 freestyle. She set a new meet record with a time of 1:48.75. Powers and Walters finished second and third in the race, respectively. 

Trail won the 100 backstroke with a time of 56.55

Ava Giachino took home the 3-meter diving title with a score of 239.50.

Dan O'Connor paced the men's team as he won two events. The UB senior won the 400 individual medley with a meet-record time of 3:55.78. He just missed breaking his second school record of the weekend.

O'Connor along with Tommy Steele, Antonio Lanzi and Eric Jensen won and set a meet record in the 800 freestyle relay with a time of 6:44.11.

The Bulls also won the 200 medley relay. Phil Aronica, Scott Huang, Eric Forrester and Mike Dugan finished with a time of 1:31.47, just edging out second place Ashland who finished with a time of 1:31.55.

The Cleveland State Invite will conclude on Sunday.