If there was any doubt of UB's relative strength against St. Bonaventure, even after Andy Bashor scheduled the Big Four rival just a day before a home dual against Cleveland State, it was erased today as both the UB Men and Women swam to 100-point wins over the Bonnies.
There were very few season bests and no NCAA B cuts, though tomorrow, the last competition before the conference championships, may be faster against a stronger opponent. Hopefully it is, because by and large this year's final stretch into the MAC Championships has not been as fast relative to the teams' season bests and the NCAA cuts as last year.
Lots of creativity here, outside of Mason Miller and Aaron Durrence going 1-2 in the 100. UB went down the line a bit to use Itai De La Vega and Andrew Cole Goins in the 50 and pulled usual distance guys Reid Zyniecki, Eric Jensen, and Billy Patrum in the 200.
There were no surprises in the 500 and the 1000, where Charles Barry won and Callum Liddiard finished top three in both.
Puszet, Carroll, and Leigh are a creative group of names in the 100 fly, but they went 1-3-5. The 200 wasn't contested.
Again, only the 100, and the lineup makes some sense, with DLV and Garrett Clarke going 1-2
Jon Ekas was in here, and that's expected, but Scott Huang and Patrum both swam in the 100 for the first time this season. If it wasn't clear by now that tomorrow's the marquee event of the weekend, this should show it.
Scott Huang won the 200. That's no surprise.
In the medley relay, once again Aaron Durrence earns the top freestyle spot over Antonio Lanzi. The first three (Carroll, De La Vega, Miller) shouldn't be a surprise at this point.
The top 4x200 free relay was disqualified but would have won by a full second with the lineup you'd expect: Lanzi-Jensen-Durrence-Miller
In the sprints, with no Megan Burns, UB simply filled in from their ample supply of freestylers. Baxter, Kosten, and Jacumski could go up against most top-threes in the MAC in the 50, and Baxter and Schultheis made plenty of sense in the 100, though Hannah Miller down in a sprint is uncharacteristic. Schultheis, Kerry Giovanniello, and Jess Powers in the 200 also largely makes sense. Buffalo swept all three events, though Burns likely win all three if she's around.
The longer distances saw Miller take one and Powers take second, which isn't too surprising, but it was Victoria Butler taking first in the 500, her first time swimming that event this year. I imagine we'll see the versatile Giovanniello in one of these events tomorrow.
Saoirse Palu Benson with the win here, not surprising as Julia Box sat out alongside Burns.
Cristina Czyrka and Holly Olsen remain the go-tos here, especially with Sharne Tiller out of action long-term. They took 1-2.
With Box out, Maddy Jacumski is UB's top backstroker so far this year, and she took the event easily, by over 3.5 seconds in a 100.
Victoria Butler is UB's fastest this year, and she took it.
UB's top medley relay looked about the top group, with the exception of a missing Megan Burns: Buha-Olsen-Baxter-Olsen. They won over UB's B group by three and a half seconds.
The Bulls swam a lone 4x200 free relay as an exhibition, again Burns-less, but finished three seconds faster than any Bonnies. Buha-Palu Benson-Giovanniello-Kosten.
Megan Burns did not swim at all. I won't sound the alarm yet, but if she's not present tomorrow for Cleveland State, the last competition before the MAC Championships, we might need to prepare for her absence later this month.
Today's dual against Cleveland State should be much more exciting.