The University at Buffalo men’s swimming team ended Eastern Michigan’s winning streak at 72 in a row in Mid-American Conference dual meet competition Saturday at the Alumni Arena pool.
The 161-139 loss was Eastern’s first in a conference dual meet since falling to Toledo in the 1997-98 season. The streak lasted 18 full seasons.
Eastern has won 33 MAC men’s swimming titles since 1978 under coach Peter Linn.
Sophomore Mason Miller paced the UB victory with first places in three individual events and anchoring the winning and 400-yard freestyle. UB took the lead in the meet and never gave it up with a 1-2-3 sweep in the 50 freestyle with Miller winning in 20.69 seconds. He also won the 100 free style in 45.34 and the 100 butterfly in 49.30.
UB’s five other individual first-place finishers were: Garrett Clarke (100 breaststroke, 55.46 and 200 breaststroke 2:00.01), Reid Zyniecki (500 freestyle, 4:34.19), Scott Huang (200 individual medley, 1:50.06) and Nick Rodriguez (1-meter diving, 337.28 points). Hudson Carroll, Clarke, Andrew Cole-Goins and Eric Jensen swam the Bulls’ victorious 200 medley relay (1:31.10). UB’s winning 400 freestyle (3:03.21) was made up of Carroll, Jensen, Martin Leigh and Miller.
UB had never defeated the Eagles in the pool.
In the women’s meet, however, Eastern Michigan remained undefeated with a 164-139 triumph over UB. Megan Burns won the 100 free (50-.38), 200 free (1:48.85) and 50 free (22.43) for UB while teammates Hannah Miller won the 1,000 (10:05.19) and 500 (4:57.46) and Julia Box won the 200 fly (2:01.96) and 100 fly (55.42).