Buffalo Sets Two Records as Akron Leads after Night Two of Mid-American Conference

Courtesy: UB Athletics

Akron extended its lead after Thursday’s finals of the 2017 Women’s Mid-American Conference Championships. They broke one record on the night and Buffalo broke two as those teams lead the way through two days in Oxford.

Miami got a win from sophomore Ella Moynihan in her home pool in the 500 free with a 4:46.65. She got pressure from Buffalo’s Hannah Miller who was second at 4:47.76. Eastern Michigan’s Nicole Swartz was third at 4:49.99. It was Miami’s first win in the 500 free at the MAC championships since 2004.

Event 201  Women 500 Yard Freestyle
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         MEET: * 4:44.23  2010      Jacy Dyer, Toledo
         POOL: ! 4:44.23  3/2010    Jacy Dyer, Toledo
                 4:36.30  DV1A NCAA Div I A
                 4:47.79  DV1B NCAA Div I B
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals              
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                        === A - Final ===                         
 
  1 Moynihan, Ella   SO Miami (Ohio)-OH   4:49.12    4:46.65 DV1B   
                 25.92        54.06 (28.14)
        1:22.62 (28.56)     1:51.56 (28.94)
        2:20.75 (29.19)     2:49.96 (29.21)
        3:19.26 (29.30)     3:48.61 (29.35)
        4:17.98 (29.37)     4:46.65 (28.67)
  2 Miller, Hannah   JR Buffalo-NI        4:48.98    4:47.76 DV1B   
                 25.87        53.99 (28.12)
        1:22.67 (28.68)     1:51.69 (29.02)
        2:20.80 (29.11)     2:50.20 (29.40)
        3:19.89 (29.69)     3:49.53 (29.64)
        4:19.01 (29.48)     4:47.76 (28.75)
  3 Swartz, Nicole   SO Eastern Michigan  4:50.70    4:49.99        
                 27.20        56.08 (28.88)
        1:25.20 (29.12)     1:54.39 (29.19)
        2:23.66 (29.27)     2:52.94 (29.28)
        3:22.19 (29.25)     3:51.72 (29.53)
        4:21.17 (29.45)     4:49.99 (28.82)
  4 Bradley, Emma A  FR Miami (Ohio)-OH   4:51.13    4:50.40        
                 26.64        55.30 (28.66)
        1:24.28 (28.98)     1:53.35 (29.07)
        2:22.51 (29.16)     2:51.85 (29.34)
        3:21.44 (29.59)     3:51.26 (29.82)
        4:21.04 (29.78)     4:50.40 (29.36)
  5 Zimcosky, Emily  FR Ohio-OH           4:50.44    4:51.96        
                 26.11        54.73 (28.62)
        1:23.72 (28.99)     1:52.99 (29.27)
        2:22.49 (29.50)     2:52.18 (29.69)
        3:22.09 (29.91)     3:52.42 (30.33)
        4:22.75 (30.33)     4:51.96 (29.21)
  6 Criswell, Natal  JR Bowling Green-OH  4:51.47    4:53.39        
                 27.59        56.40 (28.81)
        1:25.48 (29.08)     1:54.94 (29.46)
        2:24.65 (29.71)     2:54.28 (29.63)
        3:24.11 (29.83)     3:53.92 (29.81)
        4:24.19 (30.27)     4:53.39 (29.20)
  7 Doerr, Claire N  FR Miami (Ohio)-OH   4:51.42    4:53.47        
                 27.20        56.68 (29.48)
        1:26.48 (29.80)     1:56.11 (29.63)
        2:25.62 (29.51)     2:54.98 (29.36)
        3:24.44 (29.46)     3:54.29 (29.85)
        4:24.44 (30.15)     4:53.47 (29.03)
  8 Dombkowski, Sar  JR Eastern Michigan  4:50.39    4:53.61        
                 27.23        56.06 (28.83)
        1:25.37 (29.31)     1:54.92 (29.55)
        2:24.64 (29.72)     2:54.44 (29.80)
        3:24.36 (29.92)     3:54.38 (30.02)
        4:24.48 (30.10)     4:53.61 (29.13)

Akron got its first individual win of the meet with Maddie Myers’ meet record in the 200 IM. The sophomore had a 1:56.92, under her 1:58.98 from last year. Her backstroke split of 27.97 was what separated her from the field as nobody else in the race split under 30 on that leg. Buffalo’s Sarah Baxter was second with a 1:59.23 and Akron’s Paloma Marrero was third at 1:59.53.

 Event 202  Women 200 Yard IM
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         MEET: * 1:58.98  2016      Madison Myers, Akron
         POOL: ! 1:58.76  2/16/2001 Tami Ransom, Ursiline
                 1:55.35  DV1A NCAA Div I A
                 2:01.59  DV1B NCAA Div I B
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals              
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                        === A - Final ===                         
 
  1 Myers, Madison   SO Akron-LE          1:57.87    1:56.92!DV1B   
                 25.36        53.33 (27.97)
        1:28.12 (34.79)     1:56.92 (28.80)
  2 Baxter, Sarah L  JR Buffalo-NI        2:01.82    1:59.23 DV1B   
                 25.51        55.68 (30.17)
        1:31.36 (35.68)     1:59.23 (27.87)
  3 Marrero, Paloma  JR Akron-LE          2:00.98    1:59.53 DV1B   
                 26.04        56.69 (30.65)
        1:31.25 (34.56)     1:59.53 (28.28)
  4 Lemire, Stephan  SR Miami (Ohio)-OH   2:01.41    2:01.27 DV1B   
                 26.16        57.23 (31.07)
        1:31.56 (34.33)     2:01.27 (29.71)
  5 Van Allen, Grac  SR Eastern Michigan  2:02.68    2:01.52 DV1B   
                 26.64        57.51 (30.87)
        1:33.63 (36.12)     2:01.52 (27.89)
  6 Nebraska, Ellie  FR Akron-LE          2:02.24    2:01.84        
                 26.35        56.44 (30.09)
        1:33.57 (37.13)     2:01.84 (28.27)
  7 Herich, Mikayla  FR Ohio-OH           2:02.33    2:02.81        
                 26.24        57.42 (31.18)
        1:33.22 (35.80)     2:02.81 (29.59)
  7 Walters, Brittn  SR Buffalo-NI        2:02.21    2:02.81        
                 26.29        57.20 (30.91)
        1:33.62 (36.42)     2:02.81 (29.19)

Megan Burns of Buffalo broke the meet record in the 50 free with a 22.04 for her third straight win in that event at the MAC championships. Buffalo has now won five of the last six MAC titles in the 50 free. Mallory Morrell was the last Bull to win that event before Burns and it was Morrell’s record that Burns broke of 22.24. Burns was hardly pushed during the race, but it was Corrin Van Lanen of Ohio who finished second at 22.55 and Sierra Wagner of Eastern Michigan was third at 22.72.

Event 203  Women 50 Yard Freestyle
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         MEET: * 22.24  2013      Mallory Morrell, Buffalo
         POOL: ! 22.35  2015      Ashley Volpenheim, Mason
                 21.80  DV1A NCAA Div I A
                 22.99  DV1B NCAA Div I B
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals              
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                        === A - Final ===                         
 
  1 Burns, Megan M   JR Buffalo-NI          22.34      22.04*DV1B   
  2 Van Lanen, Corr  SO Ohio-OH             22.57      22.55 DV1B   
  3 Wagner, Sierra   SR Eastern Michigan    22.58      22.72 DV1B   
  4 Fazekas, Sadie   SO Akron-LE            22.69      22.76 DV1B   
  5 Shaffer, Victor  SO Akron-LE            22.91      22.95 DV1B   
  6 Engel, Ragen E   SO Akron-LE            22.94      23.01        
  7 Griffin, Victor  SR Bowling Green-OH    23.10      23.02        
  8 Franz, Susan E   JR Akron-LE            23.00      23.14

Buffalo and Akron went neck and neck in the 200 free relay and it was the Bulls who ended up on top with good closing speed on each leg. Burns (22.12), Eve Kosten (22.73), Andrea Ernst (22.75) and Baxter (22.37) swam for Buffalo in a 1:29.97. They are the first MAC team under 1:30 as Akron’s 1:30.03 from last year was the previous meet record. It was Buffalo’s first win in the 200 free relay since 2013. Akron gave them a fight the whole way with Myers (22.43), Sadie Fazekas (22.51), Morgan Waggoner (22.62) and Ragen Engel (22.54) as they finished with 1:30.10. Miami was third with a 1:32.62.

Event 204  Women 200 Yard Freestyle Relay
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         MEET: * 1:30.03  2016      Akron, Akron
                          Myers, Engel, Raspopovich, Fazekas
         POOL: ! 1:30.05  3/2010    Ohio Univ, Ohio
                          A Donovan, C Bower, R Heim, L Falk
                 1:28.98  DV1A NCAA Div I A
                 1:29.75  DV1B NCAA Div I B
    School                           Seed     Finals              
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  1 Buffalo-NI  'A'               1:30.96    1:29.97*       
     1) Burns, Megan M JR             2) Kosten, Eve J SO             
     3) Ernst, Andrea M FR            4) Baxter, Sarah L JR           
                 22.12        44.85 (22.73)
        1:07.60 (22.75)     1:29.97 (22.37)
  2 Akron-LE  'A'                 1:30.37    1:30.10        
     1) Myers, Madison H SO           2) Fazekas, Sadie C SO          
     3) Waggoner, Morgan R FR         4) Engel, Ragen E SO            
                 22.43        44.94 (22.51)
        1:07.56 (22.62)     1:30.10 (22.54)
  3 Miami (Ohio)-OH  'A'          1:32.85    1:32.62        
     1) Campbell, Elise N JR          2) Moynihan, Ella B SO          
     3) Van Fossen, Grace E SO        4) Stone, Abby T SO             
                 23.34        46.51 (23.17)
        1:09.43 (22.92)     1:32.62 (23.19)
  4 Eastern Michigan  'A'         1:33.60    1:32.76        
     1) Wagner, Sierra L SR           2) Mitcheltree, Alexis R SR     
     3) Johnston, Stephanie M SO      4) Walker, Chase N JR           
                 22.94        46.00 (23.06)
        1:09.27 (23.27)     1:32.76 (23.49)
  5 Bowling Green-OH  'A'         1:32.05    1:32.77        
     1) Larson, Megan E SO            2) Skorupski, Maya E SR         
     3) Filby, Kristin M SR           4) Paris, Hannah A FR           
                 23.42        46.41 (22.99)
        1:09.77 (23.36)     1:32.77 (23.00)
  6 Ohio-OH  'A'                  1:33.62    1:32.82        
     1) Van Lanen, Corrin E SO        2) Herich, Mikayla D FR         
     3) Mikesell, Claire FR           4) Zimcosky, Emily M FR         
                 22.62        45.97 (23.35)
        1:09.79 (23.82)     1:32.82 (23.03)
  7 Toledo-OH  'A'                1:36.34    1:34.10        
     1) Welke, Bec A FR               2) Hack, Maggie S JR            
     3) Haaraoja, Gabbi M JR          4) Dicke, Allison M JR          
                 24.19        47.22 (23.03)
        1:10.85 (23.63)     1:34.10 (23.25)
  8 Ball State-IN  'A'            1:34.37    1:34.11        
     1) Gilbert, Peighton FR          2) Bader, Sophia FR             
     3) Vormohr, Anne FR              4) Extine, Jessica L SR         
                 23.60        47.42 (23.82)
        1:10.89 (23.47)     1:34.11 (23.22)

2017 Women’s Mid-American Conference Championships Day 2 Finals – Results

Akron looks to be going for their fourth straight Mid-American Conference title as they lead Buffalo and Eastern Michigan. Buffalo has also never finished higher than fourth at the MAC meet so they are in for a bit of history themselves.

  1. Akron, 274
  2. Buffalo, 222.5
  3. Eastern Michigan, 206
  4. Miami, 205
  5. Ohio, 124.5
  6. Bowling Green, 118
  7. Toledo, 83
  8. Ball State, 73
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