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Buffalo Bulls Swimming and Diving: Men, Women impress over two days in Cleveland

UB missed a full third of their weekend due to the weather, but still had a banner meet at Cleveland State.

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I said much of this on our weekly webcast Sunday night, but the UB Swimming and Diving had a strong, strong weekend at the Cleveland State Magnus Invitational, as the women finished fourth overall and the men third. Against the strongest field they've seen in the first half of the 2014-15 season, Buffalo could have very well won both meets had they not missed 14 events on Friday while waiting to get out of snowbound Western New York.

On their own, simply against their own program's record books, both squads had a strong two days. The pages haven't been updated yet at and I don't feel like brute-forcing it right now, but this should stand on its own:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Over the weekend, there were 16 individual swims and 7 relays finishing in UB&#39;s All-Time Top-10 Performers List.</p>&mdash; Lauren Baisden (@UBCoachBaisden) <a href="">November 24, 2014</a></blockquote>

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In the actual standings, if we were to isolate just Saturday and Sunday, UB would have finished second to a very strong Duquesne team in the women's meet, and would have won the men's meet by a large margin. The missed events on Monday were some of the women's teams strongest, and it's not unfeasible to project UB for second at worst in each meet had they made all three days.

In just two-thirds of the events, UB claimed fourteen victories, five meet records, and two NCAA 'B' Cuts.

Really all I can do is list them:

200 medley relay (Melissa Trail, Alexis Valedon, Taylor Steffl, Megan Burns): 1:42.57 - meet record

400 individual medley (Spencer Rodriguez): 4:19.21 - meet record, NCAA B Cut

800 free relay (Rodriguez, Brittney Walters, Hannah Miller and Jessica Powers): 7:31.22.

1650 free (Rodriguez): 16:49.01 - meet record

100 free (Burns): 50.59

400 free relay (Rodriguez, Eve Kosten, Steffl, Burns): 3:24.89 - meet record

And on the men's side:

200 free (Matt Bitara): 1:39.37

800 free relay (Bitara, Billy Patrum, Eric Jensen, Antonio Lanzi): 6:46.28

400 individual medley (Charles Barry): 3:57.90

100 breast (Itai De La Vega): 55.11 - meet record, NCAA B Cut

200 breast (Scott Huang): 2:01.70

50 back (Jensen): 23.34

200 fly (Bitara): 1:50.08

400 free relay (Lanzi, Jensen, Bitara, Oliver Patrouch): 3:01.36

In addition to all those winners, UB really flashed their depth, with 17 second place, 14 third-place, and 18 more fourth-place finishes in 30 events, to say nothing of points-earners in the B finals of individual events.

Literally the only blemish on this weekend is the missed first day. Go Bulls!