It's nearly the same story as a week ago: on a light first evening of the MAC Swimming and Diving Championships, UB has a win (and a school record) to its ledger and sits just a hair from first place.
Hudson Carroll, Itai De La Vega, Mason Miller, and Aaron Durrence combined to open the night with a win for the Bulls, a school-record-breaking 1:27.47 in the 200 medley relay. The previous record was set in the 2011 season and this year's group, with only De La Vega holding over from last season, was nearly two seconds better than the best 2015 mark.
All season Durrence has been swimming in this race rather than Antonio Lanzi, and it looks increasingly likely that UB will have two finalists in the standalone 50 free later this week, as he had the third-fastest anchor leg in the event. Other disciplines bode well for the Bulls, as well: Miller was the fastest by far in the butterfly leg; De La Vega the second fastest (by .01) in the breaststroke, and Carroll third-fastest in the backstroke.
Lanzi made an appearance in the 800 free relay, along with more distance-minded Martin Leigh, Eric Jensen, and Billy Patrum. The quartet finished fourth, behind hosts Eastern Michigan, Missouri State, and Southern Illinois. We'll be seeing more of EMU and Missouri State atop the podiums this week.
Since point totals in relays only range from 40 to 24 points, the gaps after tonight aren't the widest, but UB does sit second behind EMU by two points, with Missouri State only two points behind. Tomorrow we'll see the 50 and 500 free, the 200 IM, the 1 meter diving, and the 200 free relay. I'll also have my meet preview up in the morning.