CLEVELAND, OH – The State University of New York, Buffalo men's and women's swimming teams are competing at the Magnus Cup Invitational hosted by Cleveland State this weekend. Due to travel issues related to the unprecedented snowstorm that hit Western New York, the Bulls missed the opening day of competition on Friday.
The women's team wasted little time making their presence known as they won the first event of the day, the 200 medley relay. Melissa Trail, Alexis Valedon, Taylor Steffl and Megan Burns teamed up to break the meet record with a time of 142.57.
Spencer Rodriguez followed that up by winning the day's next event, the 400 individual medley. She, too, set a meet record with at time of 4:19.21.
The men's team was paced by Matt Bitara who won one individual event and was part of a winning relay team. Bitara won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:39.37. He edged out teammate Antonio Lanzi who took second in the race.
Bitara also joined Billy Patrum, Eric Jensen and Lanzi to win the 800 freestyle relay with a time of 6:46.28. UB also took second in the race as Andrew Cole-Goins, Charles Barry, Reid Zyniecki and Martin Leigh finished in 6:53.24.
Barry won the 400 individual medley relay with a time of 3:57.90. The Bulls actually took four of the top five spots in the race as Patrum finished second, Zyniecki fourth and Callum Liddiard placed fifth.
The surprise of the day might have been Itai De La Vega. The UB freshman won the 100 breaststroke and not only broke the meet record with a time of 55.11, but also established an NCAA B cut.
The Magnus Cup Invitational concludes tomorrow from Cleveland State.