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UB swimmers place fourth, third

University at Buffalo swimmers Jessica Powers and Megan Burns won individual events and the Bulls 400 freestyle relay came home first Saturday night, but Akron captured the Mid-American Conference women’s championship for the second year in a row, in Ypsilanti, Mich.

The Bulls picked up 123 points on the fourth day of the competition but could not catch the champion Zips and finished behind Eastern Michigan and Bowling Green as well.

Powers started Saturday’s championship parade by reclaiming her title in the 1,650 freestyle in 16:27.95. Teammate Spencer Rodriguez was second in 16:34.78. Rodriguez was named the meet’s Outstanding Senior.

Burns won the 100 freestyle in 49.04.

For the second year in a row, UB took the final event of the meet, the 400 free relay with the team of Rodriguez, Taylor Steffl, Eve Kosten and Burns winning in a pool record 3:20.86, nearly two seconds in front of Miami.

Akron had 650 points. Eastern Michigan collected 555, Bowling Green had 507 and UB 477.

A second place by Scott Huang in the 200-yard breaststroke in a UB record time of 1:55.64 was the best finish for the Bulls in the MAC Men’s Swimming championship in Geneva, Ohio.

The Bulls finished third with 517 points behind Eastern Michigan (777.5) and Missouri State (757.5). Southern Illinois was fourth with 515 points.

Huang, Oliver Patrouch and Antonio Lanzi were named to the All-MAC Second Team. It is the second straight season Huang has earned the honor.