Akron Earns First Conference Title Ever With Mid-American Win

GENEVA, Ohio, March 2. AKRON has captured the 2014 Mid-American Conference Women’s Swimming & Diving Championship Saturday night at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. The title marks the Zips’ first MAC championship in program history.

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.

Buffalo’s Jessica Powers started off the evening by claiming the 1650 yard Free title in a time of 16:21.10. Ohio’s Laurin Williams placed second in the event with a time of 16:34.04, while Powers’ teammate Spencer Rodriguez placed third in a time of 16:36.75.

Buffalo’s Brittney Kuras took home the 100 yard Free title in a pool record, Championship record & MAC record time of 48.50. It marked the third year in a row that Kuras has won the title.

Toledo’s Christina Noens claimed the 200 yard Back Championship title in a time of 1:56.19, while Ball State’s Bridgette Ruehl won the 200 yard Breast in a pool record time of 2:11.89.

Eastern Michigan’s Jessie Godlewski won the 200 yard Fly title in a pool record time of 1:58.37. Toledo’s Beth Rogers finished second in 1:59.80, while Akron’s Erin Seiler placed third in 2:00.36.

Buffalo won the final race of the evening as the relay team of Spencer Rodriguez, Taylor Steffl, Marissa Murphy & Brittney Kuras claimed the 400 Free Relay in a time of 3:19.37. Bowling Green finished in second (3:20.49) with Miami taking home third (3:22.54).

UB’s Kuras was named Most Outstanding Swimmer, while Eastern Michigan’s Danielle Hulvey was named Most Outstanding Diver of the Championships. Akron head coach Brian Peresie collected Swimming Coach of the Year honors, while Ohio’s Russ Decker was named Diving Coach of the Year.

The complete 2014 All-MAC Teams and Specialty Awards are listed below
Most Outstanding Swimmer: Brittney Kuras, Buffalo
Swimming Coach of the Year: Brian Peresie, Akron
Most Outstanding Diver: Danielle Hulvey, Eastern Michigan
Diving Coach of the Year: Russ Decker, Ohio Most Outstanding Senior: Brittney Kuras, Buffalo

All-MAC First Team Kelsey Ferrante, Akron Hannah Raspopovich, Akron Bridgette Ruehl, Ball State Haley Richer, Ball State Victoria Griffin, Bowling Green Jessica Powers, Buffalo Brittney Kuras, Buffalo Spencer Rodriguez, Buffalo Danielle Hulvey, Eastern Michigan Jessie Godlewski, Eastern Michigan Stephanie Lemire, Miami Addy Ferguson, Ohio Morgan Srail, Ohio Christina Noens, Toledo Beth Rogers, Toledo

All-MAC Second Team Ashley Drazkowski, Akron Erin Seiler, Akron Laura Savariau, Akron Emily Wisolek, Ball State Mallory Miles, Ball State Daniela Carrillo, Bowling Green Emily Waller, Bowling Green Joelle Scheps, Bowling Green Jordan Bullock, Bowling Geen Taylor Steffl, Buffalo Monica Dorszewski, Eastern Michigan Stephanie Pearce, Miami Nikki Craft, Miami Abby Kluth, Miami Elise Campbell, Miami Laurin Williams, Ohio Haley Clark, Ohio

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