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Buffalo Bulls Swimming and Diving back from holiday, easily dispatches Niagara

Matt Gritzmacher

Finally back in action for the busy run-up to the MAC Championships, UB Swimming and Diving easily handled Niagara this afternoon, to little surprise. The Men won their dual 130-104, while the Women won 139-92, scores that would have been even more lopsided if UB's entries for the final five events hadn't been forfeit for whatever reason.

I had hoped that we might start to see a regular lineup, with UB putting swimmers in their best events today, but with important conference duals for both groups in the next week, including the men versus Miami just tomorrow, this one turned out to be a bit of a walk.

On the women's side, freshman Catherine Schultheis claimed the 100 and 200 freestyle sprints, while Maddy Jacumski took the 50 and Megan Burns each claimed a sprint freestyle event and swam the final two legs of the meet-opening 200 medley relay. For the men, Itai De La Vega won the 200 medley relay and was part of the fastest (though unscored) 200 free relay, while also winning the 100 fly without issue.

All told the women were fastest in 10 of 11 swimming events and won one of two diving events, with nine different individual winners, while the men were fastest in 9 swimming events and also split the diving. Each UB win came from a different Bull on the men's side.

It's always nice to get a win in any sport, but even with the added bonus of a Big Four rival, there's not a whole lot to this one. I didn't even bother checking the times against the season bests before publishing here. Tomorrow's men's match against Miami will be much more critical.