BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo finished third at the Mid-American Conference Swimming and Diving Championships that concluded at the Alumni Arena Natatorium on Saturday evening. Missouri State won the title.
Mike Dugan and Dan O'Connor were named to the All-MAC First Team. Scott Huang, Billy Patrum and Charles Barry were named second-team All-MAC. In addition, Dugan was named the Outstanding Senior Swimmer.
"I was very proud of how we performed and the effort that was given out there," head coach Andy Bashor said. "I told these guys I was proud of the efforts they put in, but when we walk off this pool deck, next year starts now."
O'Connor earned the Bulls' third individual title of the championships by winning the 1,650 freestyle with a school-record time of 15:04.66. He shaved 13 seconds off his own school record.
Dugan, who already had won two MAC titles, just missed pulling off the trifecta by finishing a close second in the 100 freestyle. The UB senior finished with a school-record time of 43.67, getting edged out by just six one hundredths of a second.
Records continued to fall when Huang broke the school record in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 1:58.92. John Nord also swam a strong race to finish fifth with a time of 1:59.43 which was also lower than the previous school record.
Eric Culver, Patrum and Matthew Bitara finished fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 200 butterfly.
1. Missouri State - 833
2. Eastern Michigan – 682
3. Buffalo – 657
4. Miami (OH) –527
5. Southern Illinois – 383
6. Ball State – 160
7. Evansville - 153