Buffalo Celebrates Seniors, Prepares for Postseason

By BEN TARHAN
On January 21, 2012

  • The men’s and women’s swimming and diving squads completed a weekend sweep of Bowling Green and Miami (Ohio). Meg Kinsley /// The Spectrum

    The swimming and diving team is currently in the midst of its most successful season in recent memory.

    After winning the Mid-American Conference Championship last year, the men (5-0, 1-0 MAC) have continued their success into this season, boasting a perfect dual meet record thus far, and finishing second at the Zippy Invite in December.

    The women (5-2, 1-2 MAC) have followed their male counterparts' lead, defeating Big East foe Pittsburgh in their first dual meet of the season, improving to 4-2 and finishing third at the Zippy Invite.

    On Saturday, Miami (Ohio) and Bowling Green visited Alumni Arena to face the men and women. The Bulls thoroughly dominated. The men defeated Miami (OH), 165-127, and the women defeated Bowling Green, 146-123.

    Head coach Andy Bashor is satisfied with his team's progress this season. With MAC championships looming close for both the men's and women's teams, Bashor is confident that the work his teams have put into training will pay off in the coming weeks.

    "[The MAC Championship] is something we've been talking about since the beginning of the year and it's something that gets talked about more and more towards the end of the season," Bashor said. "They know where we are and what we're expecting out of them right now and that they're going to get a lot better as the weeks go by."

    These teams are different because of their work ethic, according to Bashor. They have accepted the challenges that he and his staff have offered them throughout the course of the season and exceeded expectations. They now sit in a good position to compete for the MAC Championship.

    The captains and seniors have been an important group, leading their teams to the success they've had this season.

    The Bulls are now nearing the end of the season. With only two dual meets remaining before the MAC Championship meet, the swimmers have already completed the bulk of their training and are now beginning to swim their fastest times of the season.

    After being in this situation last year (with the men's team winning it all), the men's team is ready to show it is a more than legitimate contender for the second year in a row.

    The women are much more confident than last year, according to Bashor, and ready to prove that they can compete at the same level as the men.

    The meet was the Bulls' last home meet of the season. Beforehand, the team celebrated the eight seniors who have helped lead the Bulls to their most successful stretch in school history. The Bulls also held a fundraiser at the meet, Hope Floats, which raised money for the American Cancer Society.

    All the work that the team has put in this year would be for naught if the squad fell short of its goal. So how will the team prepare for the MAC championships in a few weeks?

    "We need to rest," Bashor said. "All that work has been put in and it's time to rest their bodies."

Email: sports@ubspectrum.com

 


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