BUFFALO, New York, January 28. THE Eastern Michigan University men's swimming and diving team won its 46th consecutive regular season Mid-American Conference dual meet and the women's team won its 2006-07 regular season finale as both squads posted victories over the University at Buffalo, here Saturday afternoon at Alumni Arena Natatorium. The men were victorious 136-93, while the women won 146-92.
The sweep continues the Eagles success over the Bulls, as UB has never defeated either of the EMU swimming and diving teams. The Eagles' men's squads improve to 8-0 versus the Bulls all-time, while the women hold a perfect 11-0 advantage.
For the men's team, the win moves the school's MAC regular-season dual meet victory total to 46 consecutive wins. The Eagles are 3-0 on the season in league meets with their finale set for Feb. 3 against Miami. EMU has been perfect in conference action the past eight seasons and has not lost a league meet since the 1997-98 campaign.
Against the Bulls, the men won nine of the first 10 races before the meet went to exhibition. Jason Piercey claimed the 200 (1:42.25) and 500-yard (4:36.76) freestyle races, while Steven Bowling (1000 free), Michael Rowland (50 free), Donald Ellison (200 IM), Dan Wohl (200 butterfly), Derick Roe (100 free) and Mark Kurtzer (200 backstroke) all had individual wins. The 400 medley relay team of Kurtzer, Chris Meyers, Andrzej Olesinski and Roe also clocked in with the top time.
The women claimed 10 events with Sheila Carson pacing the Eagles. Carson claimed the 200 IM (2:08.91) and 200 breaststroke (2:21.87) races, while swimming as a leg on the winning 400 medley relay team with Mackenzie Steger, Leeza Moser and Jenny Miller. Claire Letendre (1000 free), Hannah Burandt (200 free), Catherine Lee Ha (50 free), Sarah Chrzanowksi (one-meter dive), Miller (100 free), Madeleine Pilchard (200 back) and Steph Cholyk (500 free) all finished first in their race.
The men's team (7-1, 3-0 MAC) will be in action again Saturday, Feb. 3 for its regular season finale with rival Miami University. The meet is set to begin at 1 p.m. in Jones Natatorium.
The MAC Championship will be returning to Jones Natatorium in 2007, as the Eagles will serve as the host for the Women's MAC Championship meet, Feb. 14-16. This year will mark the 11th MAC Championship hosted by EMU since 1973, when the league meet was held in Ypsilanti during EMU's inaugural MAC season. The women finished the regular season with a 9-2 overall mark and 6-1 in league action and will be defending its first ever MAC title.