Akron Extends Lead After Night Three of Women’s Mid-American Conference Championships

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Akron is on pace to win its fourth straight women’s Mid-American Conference Championship tomorrow night in Oxford, Ohio. This would be the fourth overall conference title for the Zips.

Akron got things started off with a win in the 400 IM from freshman Jackie Pash. Pash led from the start and won with a 4:18.06. It was Akron’s first win in the 400 IM at the meet in school history. She got some pressure from Buffalo senior Brittney Walters as she was second at 4:18.64. A pair of freshmen followed those two with Ohio’s Mikayla Helrich (4:19.64) and Miami’s Carolyn Jungers (4:21.05).

Event 301  Women 400 Yard IM
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         MEET: * 4:14.61  2011      Kelsey Vehr, Miami
         POOL: ! 4:16.72  3/2010    Kelsey Vehr, Miami
                 4:05.36  DV1A NCAA Div I A
                 4:19.39  DV1B NCAA Div I B
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals              
==================================================================
                        === A - Final ===                         
 
  1 Pash, Jackie D   FR Akron-LE          4:20.45    4:18.06 DV1B   
                 27.16        58.16 (31.00)
        1:31.21 (33.05)     2:03.38 (32.17)
        2:41.03 (37.65)     3:18.93 (37.90)
        3:49.08 (30.15)     4:18.06 (28.98)
  2 Walters, Brittn  SR Buffalo-NI        4:21.64    4:18.64 DV1B   
                 27.34        58.31 (30.97)
        1:31.66 (33.35)     2:04.62 (32.96)
        2:42.06 (37.44)     3:19.58 (37.52)
        3:49.58 (30.00)     4:18.64 (29.06)
  3 Herich, Mikayla  FR Ohio-OH           4:21.91    4:19.64        
                 27.14        58.76 (31.62)
        1:32.27 (33.51)     2:05.19 (32.92)
        2:42.18 (36.99)     3:20.42 (38.24)
        3:50.66 (30.24)     4:19.64 (28.98)
  4 Jungers, Caroly  FR Miami (Ohio)-OH   4:20.68    4:21.05        
                 27.63        59.37 (31.74)
        1:31.73 (32.36)     2:03.65 (31.92)
        2:41.86 (38.21)     3:20.19 (38.33)
        3:51.27 (31.08)     4:21.05 (29.78)
  5 Swartz, Nicole   SO Eastern Michigan  4:22.53    4:21.21        
                 28.08      1:00.08 (32.00)
        1:32.70 (32.62)     2:05.01 (32.31)
        2:43.60 (38.59)     3:22.79 (39.19)
        3:52.78 (29.99)     4:21.21 (28.43)
  6 Schuster, Holly  JR Miami (Ohio)-OH   4:22.94    4:24.45        
                 27.11        59.29 (32.18)
        1:33.27 (33.98)     2:06.74 (33.47)
        2:43.84 (37.10)     3:21.63 (37.79)
        3:53.73 (32.10)     4:24.45 (30.72)
  7 Vargas, Kristen  JR Akron-LE          4:25.99    4:27.34        
                 27.71      1:00.42 (32.71)
        1:35.03 (34.61)     2:09.35 (34.32)
        2:46.34 (36.99)     3:24.48 (38.14)
        3:56.46 (31.98)     4:27.34 (30.88)
  8 Garbett, Danica  FR Bowling Green-OH  4:23.82    4:27.75        
                 28.12      1:00.93 (32.81)
        1:35.30 (34.37)     2:08.59 (33.29)
        2:47.45 (38.86)     3:25.84 (38.39)
        3:57.38 (31.54)     4:27.75 (30.37)

Akron continued that momentum into the 100 fly with Sadie Fazekas posting a very fast time of 52.71, just off the meet record of 52.51 from Ohio’s Rachel Heim in 2011. It was Akron’s second straight win in that event after Erin Seiler won it last year. Corrin Van Lanen of Ohio was second at 53.13 and Julia Box of Buffalo was third at 53.77.

 Event 302  Women 100 Yard Butterfly
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         MEET: * 52.51  2011      Rachel Heim, Ohio
         POOL: ! 52.71  2/24/2017 Sadie C Fazekas, Akron
                 51.49  DV1A NCAA Div I A
                 54.49  DV1B NCAA Div I B
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals              
==================================================================
                        === A - Final ===                         
 
  1 Fazekas, Sadie   SO Akron-LE            52.73      52.71!DV1B   
                 24.31        52.71 (28.40)
  2 Van Lanen, Corr  SO Ohio-OH             53.57      53.13 DV1B   
                 24.90        53.13 (28.23)
  3 Box, Julia A     SO Buffalo-NI          54.16      53.77 DV1B   
                 25.10        53.77 (28.67)
  4 Baxter, Sarah L  JR Buffalo-NI          54.28      54.02 DV1B   
                 24.83        54.02 (29.19)
  5 Liberman, Micha  SO Eastern Michigan    54.21      54.22 DV1B   
                 25.17        54.22 (29.05)
  6 Van Fossen, Gra  SO Miami (Ohio)-OH     55.06      54.57        
                 25.80        54.57 (28.77)
  7 Herb, Izzy N     FR Miami (Ohio)-OH     54.60      54.65        
                 25.08        54.65 (29.57)
  8 Bonezzi, Jessic  FR Akron-LE            54.72      55.21        
                 25.57        55.21 (29.64)

Buffalo’s Megan Burns picked up her second win and record of the meet with a 1:46.07 in the 200 free, breaking Eastern Michigan’s Madeline Pilchard’s record of 1:46.11 from 2008. Buffalo has now won five of the last six 200 free MAC titles. Akron’s Ragen Engel gave Burns a race, but finished second at 1:46.82 and 500 champ Ella Moynihan of Miami was third at 1:47.44.

Event 303  Women 200 Yard Freestyle
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         MEET: * 1:46.07  2/24/2017 Megan M Burns, Buffalo-NI
         POOL: ! 1:46.07  2/24/2017 Megan M Burns, Buffalo-NI
                 1:43.63  DV1A NCAA Div I A
                 1:47.99  DV1B NCAA Div I B
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals              
==================================================================
                        === A - Final ===                         
 
  1 Burns, Megan M   JR Buffalo-NI        1:46.88    1:46.07*DV1B   
                 24.22        50.74 (26.52)
        1:18.37 (27.63)     1:46.07 (27.70)
  2 Engel, Ragen E   SO Akron-LE          1:47.56    1:46.82 DV1B   
                 24.70        51.40 (26.70)
        1:19.32 (27.92)     1:46.82 (27.50)
  3 Moynihan, Ella   SO Miami (Ohio)-OH   1:47.67    1:47.44 DV1B   
                 25.28        52.34 (27.06)
        1:19.95 (27.61)     1:47.44 (27.49)
  4 Van Allen, Grac  SR Eastern Michigan  1:49.22    1:48.21        
                 25.21        52.66 (27.45)
        1:20.35 (27.69)     1:48.21 (27.86)
  5 Zimcosky, Emily  FR Ohio-OH           1:47.66    1:48.40        
                 24.96        52.10 (27.14)
        1:20.03 (27.93)     1:48.40 (28.37)
  6 Savariau, Laura  SR Akron-LE          1:48.12    1:48.45        
                 25.29        52.70 (27.41)
        1:20.64 (27.94)     1:48.45 (27.81)
  7 Jones, Izzy M    FR Toledo-OH         1:49.40    1:49.18        
                 25.49        53.29 (27.80)
        1:21.32 (28.03)     1:49.18 (27.86)
  8 Nebraska, Ellie  FR Akron-LE          1:49.10    1:49.44        
                 25.69        53.40 (27.71)
        1:21.60 (28.20)     1:49.44 (27.84)

Delaney Duncan gave Eastern Michigan its first win of the meet with a victory in the 100 breast at 59.89. The sophomore just missed her 59.46 meet record from last year when she qualified for the NCAA Championships. Duncan was the only swimmer under a minute as Paloma Marrero of Akron was second at 1:00.64 and Jessica Avery of Toledo was third at 1:01.73.

Event 304  Women 100 Yard Breaststroke
==================================================================
         MEET: * 59.46  2016      Delaney Duncan, EMU
         POOL: ! 59.89  2/24/2017 Delaney A Duncan, Eastern Michigan
                 59.04  DV1A NCAA Div I A
               1:01.49  DV1B NCAA Div I B
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals              
==================================================================
                        === A - Final ===                         
 
  1 Duncan, Delaney  SO Eastern Michigan  1:00.87      59.89!DV1B   
                 27.96        59.89 (31.93)
  2 Marrero, Paloma  JR Akron-LE          1:01.27    1:00.64 DV1B   
                 29.38      1:00.64 (31.26)
  3 Avery, Jessica   JR Toledo-OH         1:01.71    1:01.73        
                 29.10      1:01.73 (32.63)
  4 Lemire, Stephan  SR Miami (Ohio)-OH   1:02.12    1:02.01        
                 29.08      1:02.01 (32.93)
  5 Worthley, Genna  SR Eastern Michigan  1:02.57    1:02.51        
                 28.91      1:02.51 (33.60)
  6 Schuster, Holly  JR Miami (Ohio)-OH   1:02.10    1:02.75        
                 29.25      1:02.75 (33.50)
  7 Vargas, Kristen  JR Akron-LE          1:02.97    1:03.26        
                 29.83      1:03.26 (33.43)
  8 Filby, Kristin   SR Bowling Green-OH  1:02.76    1:03.43        
                 29.45      1:03.43 (33.98)

Eastern continued that momentum into the 100 back where Alexis Middletree upset Maddie Myers and Luka Szynal from Akron. Middletree broke Myers' record that she broke this morning with a 52.70 tonight, erasing Myers' 52.86 from the prelims. Myers was second in the final with a 53.18 while Szynal, the defending champion, was third at 53.45. It was EMU's first win in the 100 back at the MAC Championships since the inaugural event in 1981.
Event 305  Women 100 Yard Backstroke
==================================================================
         MEET: * 52.70  2/24/2017 Alexis R Mitcheltree, Eastern Michigan
         POOL: ! 52.70  2/24/2017 Alexis R Mitcheltree, Eastern Michigan
                 51.45  DV1A NCAA Div I A
                 55.09  DV1B NCAA Div I B
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals              
==================================================================
                        === A - Final ===                         
 
  1 Mitcheltree, Al  SR Eastern Michigan    53.94      52.70*DV1B   
                 25.57        52.70 (27.13)
  2 Myers, Madison   SO Akron-LE            52.86      53.18 DV1B   
                 25.38        53.18 (27.80)
  3 Szynal, Luka     SR Akron-LE            54.04      53.45 DV1B   
                 26.22        53.45 (27.23)
  4 Young, Claire E  FR Eastern Michigan    54.12      54.09 DV1B   
                 25.97        54.09 (28.12)
  5 Herb, Izzy N     FR Miami (Ohio)-OH     54.05      54.14 DV1B   
                 25.98        54.14 (28.16)
  6 Box, Julia A     SO Buffalo-NI          54.57      54.19 DV1B   
                 26.23        54.19 (27.96)
  7 Savariau, Laura  SR Akron-LE            54.36      54.58 DV1B   
                 26.66        54.58 (27.92)
  8 Gavigan, Casey   FR Eastern Michigan    54.64      54.59 DV1B   
                 26.41        54.59 (28.18)

Akron finished off the night with a dominating 400 medley performance. They got some serious pressure from Eastern Michigan in the first half as they had the 100 back and breast champions back to back, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Zips. Akron broke the meet record by two seconds with a 3:34.39 for the win. Szynal (53.27), Marrero (59.78), Fazekas (52.52) and Myers (48.82) were on the record setting relay for Akron as Eastern was second, under the old record from 2012. Mitcheltree (52.57), Duncan (1:00.06), Carly Jackson (53.77) and Grace Van Allen (49.93) swam for the Eagles as they were solidly in second. Miami was third at 3:40.03.

Event 306  Women 400 Yard Medley Relay
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         MEET: * 3:34.39  2/24/2017 Akron, University of, Akron
                          L Szynal, P Marrero, S Fazekas, M Myers
         POOL: ! 3:34.39  2/24/2017 Akron, University of, Akron
                          L Szynal, P Marrero, S Fazekas, M Myers
                 3:33.40  DV1A NCAA Div I A
                 3:34.96  DV1B NCAA Div I B
    School                           Seed     Finals              
====================================================================
  1 Akron-LE  'A'                 3:35.65    3:34.39*DV1B   
     1) Szynal, Luka SR               2) Marrero, Paloma JR           
     3) Fazekas, Sadie C SO           4) Myers, Madison H SO          
                 26.13        53.27 (53.27)
        1:21.48 (28.21)     1:53.05 (59.78)
        2:17.14 (24.09)     2:45.57 (52.52)
        3:08.58 (23.01)     3:34.39 (48.82)
  2 Eastern Michigan  'A'         3:43.20    3:36.33        
     1) Mitcheltree, Alexis R SR      2) Duncan, Delaney A SO         
     3) Jackson, Carly R SR           4) Van Allen, Grace G SR        
                 25.69        52.57 (52.57)
        1:20.31 (27.74)   1:52.63 (1:00.06)
        2:17.64 (25.01)     2:46.40 (53.77)
        3:10.12 (23.72)     3:36.33 (49.93)
  3 Miami (Ohio)-OH  'A'          3:43.32    3:40.03        
     1) Herb, Izzy N FR               2) Lemire, Stephanie J SR       
     3) Van Fossen, Grace E SO        4) Moynihan, Ella B SO          
                 26.35        54.32 (54.32)
        1:22.79 (28.47)   1:56.14 (1:01.82)
        2:21.53 (25.39)     2:50.47 (54.33)
        3:14.08 (23.61)     3:40.03 (49.56)
  4 Bowling Green-OH  'A'         3:45.60    3:43.48        
     1) Schreiber, Elodie A JR        2) Filby, Kristin M SR          
     3) Galic, Maria JR               4) Paris, Hannah A FR           
                 26.62        54.82 (54.82)
        1:23.55 (28.73)   1:56.65 (1:01.83)
        2:22.71 (26.06)     2:53.18 (56.53)
        3:17.19 (24.01)     3:43.48 (50.30)
  5 Buffalo-NI  'A'               3:45.92    3:43.49        
     1) Ernst, Andrea M FR            2) Vitolins, Anna M FR          
     3) Box, Julia A SO               4) Kosten, Eve J SO             
                 26.50        55.47 (55.47)
        1:24.97 (29.50)   1:59.12 (1:03.65)
        2:24.01 (24.89)     2:52.94 (53.82)
        3:16.50 (23.56)     3:43.49 (50.55)
  6 Toledo-OH  'A'                3:46.89    3:43.68        
     1) O'Sullivan, Maureen A FR      2) Avery, Jessica L JR          
     3) Sales, Eduarda FR             4) Hack, Maggie S JR            
                 26.90        55.75 (55.75)
        1:24.47 (28.72)   1:57.90 (1:02.15)
        2:23.25 (25.35)     2:53.32 (55.42)
        3:17.65 (24.33)     3:43.68 (50.36)
  7 Ball State-IN  'A'            3:48.39    3:45.73        
     1) Vormohr, Anne FR              2) Kedzierski, Amanda E JR      
     3) Richter, Andrea M JR          4) Extine, Jessica L SR         
                 27.48        56.76 (56.76)
        1:25.65 (28.89)   1:59.05 (1:02.29)
        2:24.44 (25.39)     2:54.42 (55.37)
        3:18.62 (24.20)     3:45.73 (51.31)
  8 Ohio-OH  'A'                  3:46.27    3:46.91        
     1) Herich, Mikayla D FR          2) Lahtinen, Emilia FR          
     3) Dukes, Carrie L SR            4) Barker, Josie A SR           
                 27.59        56.37 (56.37)
        1:25.67 (29.30)   1:59.52 (1:03.15)
        2:24.74 (25.22)     2:54.96 (55.44)
        3:19.70 (24.74)     3:46.91 (51.95)

Akron is in a very good position to win its fourth straight Mid-American Conference championship tomorrow night as they hold a big lead over second place Miami. The second through fourth place teams are separated by 28.5 points as Buffalo is searching for its first top three finish in the conference. The meet will finish tomorrow with prelims at 11 eastern and finals at 7 eastern.

Team Standings:

  1. Akron, 510
  2. Miami, 385
  3. Eastern Michigan, 383
  4. Buffalo, 356.5
  5. Ohio, 205
  6. Bowling Green, 196
  7. Toledo, 166
  8. Ball State, 115.5

2017 Women’s Mid-American Conference Championships, Day 3 – Results

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