Bulls Dominant in Sweep of Niagara

Bulls Dominant in Sweep of Niagara

Results

NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, NY - After a long break from competition, the University at Buffalo men's and women's swimming and diving teams were back in action on Saturday afternoon. In their first competition since Nov. 24, the Bulls swept Niagara with the men winning 116-104 and the women earning a 126-88 victory. The UB women won all 13 events, while the men took first in 11 of the 13 events.

It was a complete team effort for the women as nine different Bulls won nine different individual events. Spencer Rodriguez kicked things off with a dominant performance in the 1,000 freestyle. Her winning time of 10:28.75 was nearly one minute faster than the second-place finisher.

Other winners for the women were Brittney Kuras (200 free), Taylor Steffl (50 free), Marissa Murphy (200 IM), Melissa Trail (100 butterfly), Rachael Ragen (100 free), Emily Nelson (100 back) and Alexis Valedon (100 breast). 

The Bulls were also victorious in the 200 medley and 200 free relays.

Ava Giachino swept the diving events, winning the one-meter board (267.15) and three-meter board (291.68).

On the men's side, Aaron Durrence was a two-time winner as the freshman won the 200 freestyle by edging out teammate Dan O'Connor and was also victorious in the 100 freestyle.

Other individual winners for the Bulls were Charles Barry (1,000 free), Matt Bitera (200 IM), Mike Dugan (100 back), Billy Patrum (500 free) and Bill Caffee (100 breast).

The Bulls were also victorious in the 200 medley and 200 free relays.

Cade Bennett had his best meet of the season, posting season-best scores in both the one and three-meter boards to win both events. He posted a score of 333.15 in the one-meter and a 327.75 in the three-meter.

The Bulls will return to conference action next Saturday when they travel to Eastern Michigan.