YPSILANTI, MI – The University at Buffalo men's and women's swimming and diving teams defeated Michigan State and fell to Mid-American Conference foe Eastern Michigan in a tri-meet in Ypsilanti, MI on Saturday. The women beat Michigan State, 178-122, and the men topped the Spartans, 176-124. The women were edged out by the Eagles, 152-148, while the men lost to EMU, 195-105.
Brittney Kuras led the women with three individual wins and was part of the Bulls' winning 200 medley relay team. Kuras' individual victories came in the 200 freestyle (1:49.96), 100 freestlye (51.16) and 200 individual medley (2:05.85).
Melissa Trail also had a very good showing, winning a pair of individual races and was also part of the 200 medley relay team. Trail was victorious in the 100 backstroke (57.86) and the 200 backstroke (2:06.26).
The distance events were once again dominated by Jessica Powers. The UB junior won the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 10:13.33 – nine seconds ahead of the second place finisher. She also won the 500 freestlye with a time of 4:58.98.
Marissa Murphy swam a season-best time of 24.26 to win the 50 freestyle. She won a very tight race in which the top six swimmers finished within seven one hundredths of a second of each other.
Taylor Steffl rounded out the women's individual winners with a victory in the 100 butterfly (56.98). She was also a member of the victorious 200 medley relay team along with Trail, Kuras and Alexis Valedon.
The men's meet was highlighted by another record-breaking performance by Dan O'Connor. The UB senior broke his own school record in the 1,000 freestyle en route to winning the event, the first of two on the afternoon. He finished with a time of 9:17.11 – besting his mark of 9:20.29 set earlier this season. O'Connor also won the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:35.31.
Mike Dugan won the 50 freestyle with a season-best time of 20.71. It was the eighth-fastest time in school history.
Buffalo will swim at St. Bonaventure on Wednesday before returning home to host Miami (OH) next Saturday at the Alumni Arena Natatorium.