Kuras Named MAC Most Outstanding Swimmer; Bulls Finish Fifth Overall

Kuras Named MAC Most Outstanding Swimmer; Bulls Finish Fifth Overall

GENEVA, OH – For the third straight season, University at Buffalo swimmer Brittney Kuras was named the Mid-American Conference's Most Outstanding Swimmer at the MAC Women's Swimming and Diving Championships in Geneva, OH on Saturday. As a team, the Bulls finished fifth overall.

Kuras, who became just the fourth swimmer in league history to win Most Outstanding Swimmer honors three times, won all three individual events she entered and anchored the winning 400 and 800 freestyle relay teams. On Saturday, Kuras won the 100 freestyle with a school-record time of 48.50 – breaking her own school record.

Joining Kuras on the All-MAC First Team were Jessica Powers and Spencer Rodriguez. Taylor Steffl was named All-MAC Second Team.

Powers was crowned MAC Champion in the 1,650 freestyle, her second individual win of the week with a time of 16:21.10 – breaking the school record. Rodriguez took third in the race with a time of 16:36.75 – shattering her previous season best of 17:27.34.

In the final event of the meet, the UB team of Rodriguez, Steffl, Marissa Murphy and Kuras came from behind to win the 400 freestyle relay. The Bulls battled back to take the lead late and finished with a MAC record time of 3:19.37.

In other results, Marisa Pulaski finished fifth in the 200 breaststroke with a season-best time of 2:16.72.

The University of Akron was crowned champions of the 2014 MAC Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. Akron compiled 574 total points throughout the three-day event. Miami finished second after collecting 496 points and Bowling Green was third with 476 points. Eastern Michigan (469), Buffalo (446), Ohio (362), Toledo (348), & Ball State (334) rounded out the event.