Only one session remains this evening for UB Swimming and Diving, and while the Bulls are unlikely to catch Missouri State or Eastern Michigan, they are in a tight battle with Southern Illinois and Miami for third-place in the 2015 MAC Swimming and Diving Championships.
Last we checked in with the Bulls, preliminaries for yesterday's third day were over. In the Championship Heats, no Bulls found the podium, but the Blue and White got points from three finishers in all events except the 100 back. Especially notable performances from last night's races include:
Charles Barry and Billy Patrum going 4-5 in the 400 IM.
Oliver Patrouch lowering his own personal best for a bronze-medal finish in the 100 Fly.
Itai De La Vega re-breaking his morning school record in the 100 Breast for a silver medal, with Scott Huang coming in fifth.
Patrouch swimming the fastest butterfly leg in the entire medley relay to help the Bulls finish fourth.
This morning's preliminaries sorted out finalists in four individual events, and the 1650 prelims are underway now as I write this. UB has six finalists and seven swimmers in the consolation:
200 Back: Jon Ekas (seeded 8th, final); Barry (9th, consolation), Hudson Carroll (10th, consolation)
100 Free: Patrouch (7th, final), Antonio Lanzi (8th, final)
200 Breast: Scott Huang (2nd, final, *School Record), Garrett Clarke (7th, final); De La Vega (16th, consolation)
200 Fly: Matt Bitara (Final); Patrum, Andrew Cole-Goins, Barry (all consolation)
I unfortunately don't know where in the lineup the 200 Fly guys are. But I know that much.
Callum Liddiard and Reid Zyniecki are swimming in the 1650 Free right now.
In addition to the individual swimming events, 3-meter diving will wrap up. In the preliminaries, all five of UB's divers advanced to earn points, and Cade Bennett was actually the fourth-best qualifier. The meet will end with the 400 Free relay, in which Buffalo is seeded fourth in a tight #2-4 pack.