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UB Tennis, Cross Country, Rowing, Swimming Roundup

While the Soccer and Volleyball teams compete with some regularity, UB's other Olympic sports are harder to nail down. Every few weeks, though, it's worth it to look at how they're doing.

Matt Gritzmacher

Things are only getting busier in UB-land, where October has hit and Swimming and Diving has gotten into the 2014-15 fun. I don't have enough material to do a Tennis/Cross Country/Rowing/Swimming and Diving Roundup every week, but we don't want to forget about them.

If you just want a refresher on the most recent weekend in Bulls sports, I've started a weekly videocast on Sunday or Monday nights when I'll wrap up the scores from the weekend. Stay tuned after the weekend for the next edition. On to the roundup:

Cross Country

Both Cross Country teams most recently competed at the Lehigh Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, PA with mixed results. The men hit new highs on the season, continuing their upward trajectory that started at UB's own Stampede Invitational at Beaver Island State Park back on September 6th, while the women failed to replicate their strong performance at the Iona Meet of Champions.

In Pennsylvania the men placed 7th of 42 teams, led by junior Cameron Bruce, who placed 31st of 359 runners with an excellent 8k time of 24:30. As UB needs to replace 2013 MAC Champion Zach Ahart, Bruce has stepped into the big shoes. His 24:30 is 75 seconds faster than his own time at Lehigh last year and 17 seconds faster than Ahart's MAC Championship time.

The men look even stronger when you consider their team performance: their fifth runner, Andrew Berge, came in just 26 seconds behind Bruce. That tight spread will keep UB near the top of the standings in every race they enter.

For their efforts at Lehigh, the men made it into the Northeast Regional Rankings of the USA Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Poll, jumping into the #14 spot and leapfrogging Canisius in the process:

men xc poll 1010

On the flip side, the women, a week after earning their own #14 spot in the same poll, dropped out of the rankings after finishing 24th of 38 teams in their race in Pennsylvania. In that race Corinne Bouchard, who has been the Bulls' #1 all season, covered the 6k course in 21:30.

Both Cross Country teams will next compete on Saturday, October 18th, at the Princeton Invitational

UB Cross Country Teams Compete at Historic Paul Short Invitational - Buffalo

Stellar Paul Short Showing Propels UB Men’s XC into Regional Rankings - Buffalo

Women's Rowing

After starting the season with a scrimmage run against boats from D'Youville and Canisius, Women's Rowing traveled to their first regatta of the year in Rochester, NY; the Head of the Genesee. With their best boats competing in open rather than collegiate races, UB took first, third, and fifth in the Open 8+ race, and third in the Open 4+ race. Meanwhile, the Novice 8 boat competed against other collegiate crews and finished fourth themselves. All five boats placing top-5 in the largest regatta in New York State during the fall season is nothing to be upset about. 

Rowing is in action once again tomorrow at the Head of the Housatonic Regatta in New Haven, CT.

Varsity 8 Victorious at the Head of the Genesee - Buffalo

Women's Tennis

Women's Tennis didn't compete this past weekend, though they did travel to West Virginia two weekend ago for the West Virginia Invitational, where they has a slow start on the first day before going undefeated in doubles on the second and undefeated in singles on the third.

In their two tournaments this fall, UB is led by Dayana Agasieva (4-2) and Margarita Kotok (5-1) in singles play, and by the pairs of Agasieva/Tanja Stojanovska (3-1) and Christine Haraldson/Kotok (3-1) in doubles.

The Bulls are in action today and for the rest of the weekend hosting their own UB Invitational.

UB Women’s Tennis Opens Tournament Play at West Virginia - Buffalo

Bulls’ Women’s Tennis Team Sweeps Doubles Play at WVU Invite - Buffalo

UB Women’s Tennis Posts Perfect Record on Day Three of WVU Pink Invitational - Buffalo

Men's Tennis

Men's Tennis spent the past weekend at the Brown Invitational, continuing their strong play this fall with an aggregate record of 15-9 in singles and 7-5 in doubles against teams from Brown, Dartmouth, Bryant, and Boston College. In this tournament Damien David and Jonathan Hannestad went undefeated in singles play, while Tony Miller/Akhil Mehta and Pablo Alvarez/David undefeated in doubles.

On the season no Bull has a sub-.500 record in singles play, and the team enjoys a 58-24 record in singles and 29-13 record in doubles over the course of the Fall.

UB's next scheduled competition is the ITA Regionals in New York City, which take place Thursday, October 16th to Tuesday the 21st, though I am unsure who if anyone would qualify from the Bulls.

UB Men’s Tennis Team Wraps Up Brown Invitational Action Sunday - Buffalo

Swimming and Diving

I think most of us typically think of Swimming and Diving as a winter sport, but they have a very, very long season that gets started early in October, as the UB teams kicked off the season last Saturday, hosting their own WNY invite and winning 15 of 30 events against swimmers from St. Bonaventure and Niagara. In most of the 15 events that UB didn't win a Buffalo swimmer came in second to the victorious visitor.

I am particularly interested in the women's showing early in the season this year, as the team has to replace the program's first-ever swimmer to qualify for Nationals, nine-time individual MAC Champion, and three-time MAC Outstanding Swimmer award winner Brittney Kuras.

I have said it before and it will never be enough: Brittney Kuras was the most dominant athlete at UB prior to her graduation last spring. She hold two individual conference records and was a part of a third as a member of a UB relay team, and owns seven UB records. I don't want to talk about her too much, but I almost need to to get across how big of a hole she left.

Anyway, UB got off to a good start thanks to a freshman triple winner in the meet's shortest races, and a freshman double winner in the sport's longest races. Freshman Megan Burns won both the 50 free and 100 free while also anchoring the winning 200 medley relay, while her classmate Hannah Miller won both the 500 and 1000 free distance races.

UB's women accounted for the majority of the Buffalo wins on the day, but Scott Huang was victorious in the 200 breaststroke and UB teams won the 200 free and 200 medley relays.

The Bulls will next compete on Saturday the 18th at Cornell. I am beyond hopeful that they put up a better showing against the Big Red than literally every other UB team so far this year.

UB Swimming and Diving Opens the Season with the WNY Invite - Buffalo

That's it for now! I'll do another one of these when there's enough new news to merit it; probably two more weekends. Go Bulls!