The University at Buffalo got off to a winning start in its own pool Thursday during the first day of competition in the 2013 Mid-American Conference Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships.
The UB team of Brittney Kuras, Marissa Murphy, Karly Moore and Mallory Morrell won the 200-yard freestyle relay in pool-record time of 1 minute, 30.46 seconds in the first of six finals contested in the Alumni Arena Natatorium.
Morrell, a senior, set MAC, UB and pool records in the 50-yard freestyle with her winning time of 22.24 seconds. Kuras, also a senior, won a MAC championship in the 200-yard individual medley, touching in a pool, school and MAC-record time of 1:59.17.
Bulls sophomore Jessica Powers took third in the 500 free in 4:47.97, behind winner Briana Emig of Eastern Michigan (4:46.17) and Ohio University’s Lauri Williams (4:47.31).
Other winners Thursday night included Eastern Michigan’s Danielle Hulvey in the 1-meter diving event with a MAC-record 316.10 points and the Ball State 400-yard medley relay team.
UB is in fourth place after the first day of competition with 147 points, trailing Miami of Ohio (191), Ohio U. (172) and Eastern Michigan (155).
Competition resumes today at 11 a.m. with preliminaries and finals at 7 p.m.
Canisius can wrap up a home Atlantic Hockey playoff series if it can sweep a home-and-home set of games with RIT that starts on the road at 7 p.m. today. The Golden Griffins (11-18-2, 10-13-2) will honor their four seniors – Chris Barrea, Torrey Lindsay, Ben Parker and Preston Shupe – before Saturday’s 7 p.m. game at the Buffalo State Sports Arena.
Niagara, ranked 13th nationally, wraps up the regular season with two games at Air Force. The Eagles (21-6-5, 20-3-2) have clinched the AHA regular-season title and can tie the league record for wins with a sweep.