Swimming's dual-meet streak hits 58 in MAC

EMU swimming defeated the University of Buffalo on Saturday 164-136. EMU’s defeat marked Buffalo’s first loss. EMU hosts another dual-meet on Friday vs. Xavier.


The Eastern Michigan University men’s swimming and diving team handed the University of Buffalo its first loss of the season by winning, 164-136, Saturday afternoon at Jones Natatorium.

The win marks the 58th consecutive dual-meet win for the Eagles in the Mid-American Conference.

Sophomore Jacob Hanson, who would defeat last year’s 200-yard backstroke champion, Matt Schwippert, by finishing in 1:47.52, led EMU (2-3, 2-0 MAC).

Hanson also took first in the 100 backstroke in 49.30 and took first in the Eagles’ podium sweep of the 400 individual medley alongside teammates Michael Swain, a sophomore, and Troy Esentan, a junior.

Esentan finished first in the 100 breaststroke in 57.70 and the 500 freestyle in 4:36.76.

Senior Justin Griggs also had two first-place finishes for the Eagles by recording the top time in the 50 freestyle, 21.04, and 50.30 in the 100 fly.

Senior Owen Grey swam a 1:53.56 in the 200 butterfly, which was good for another first place for the Eagles.
The Buffalo Bulls (5-1, 1-1 MAC) swept the relay races. The team of Phil Aronica, Hogan, Schwippert and Jared Heine won the 200 medley relay in 1:31.20 and the team of Aronica, Mike Dugan, Heine and Hogan won the 400 freestyle in a season-best time of 3:03.79.

Matt Hogan won the 100 freestyle for the Bulls in 45.66 and the 200 freestyle in 1:40.94.

In diving, Colin Patrican won the 1-meter diving competition for UB with 338.70 points off of six dives.

For the Eagles, sophomore Jeffery Craig placed second on the 1-meter board with 321.07 points but took first on the 3-meter board with 389.03 points.

The Eagles host another dual-meet against Xavier University at 5 p.m. Friday at the Jones Natatorium.

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