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Akron Wins Third-Straight Ladies’s MAC Title; Nicole Maier Rips MAC Report 47.77 100 Free



  1. Akron – 548.5
  2. Miami (OH) – 440.5
  3. Ohio – 381
  4. Buffalo – 267
  5. Ball State – 212
  6. Japanese Michigan – 188
  7. Toledo – 174
  8. Bowling Inexperienced – 95


  • Freshman Diver of the 12 months: Sophie Meuwissen, Buffalo
  • Freshman Swimmer of the 12 months: Zita Szoke, Ohio
  • Most Excellent Diver: Marialis Kwak, Buffalo
  • Co-Diving Coaches of the 12 months: Russ Dekker // Buck Smith, Japanese Michigan
  • Most Excellent Swimmer: Abby Daniel, Akron
  • Swimming Coach of the 12 months: Brian Peresie, Akron
  • Most Excellent Senior: Nicole Maier, Miami



  • Madeline Dyer, Akron
  • Kaja Reinhardt, Akron
  • Aislinn Holder, Akron
  • Giovanna Cappabianca, Akron
  • Sara Bozso, Akron
  • Laurel Smith, Akron
  • Clarice Fisher, Buffalo
  • Greta Kolbeck, Miami
  • Madeline Padavic, Miami
  • Kaylin Herbet, Miami
  • Erin Szczupakiewicz, Miami
  • McKenzie Grau, Ohio
  • Julia Strine, Ohio
  • Lauren Kilgore, Toledo

The 2024 Ladies’s MAC Championship is now within the books, seeing the Akron Zips win their Third consecutive staff tile, and their tenth title previously 11 years. When the mud settled, Akron junior Abby Daniel received Most Excellent Swimmer of the 12 months for her efforts, whereas Miami (OH) senior Nicole Maier received Most Excellent Senior of the 12 months.

Each Daniel and Maier broke MAC information on the ultimate day of the meet. Maier was first, as she received the 100 free in 47.77, touching 1st by almost a second over Ohio’s Zita Szoke (48.71), who received the Freshman Swimmer of the 12 months award. Maier’s swim clipped her personal MAC Report of 47.79, which she had set earlier this season. She additionally cracked the MAC Championship report of 48.14, which former Buffalo star Megan Burns had held since 2017.

Daniel received the 200 fly later within the session, ripping a brand new MAC report of 1:55.50. That efficiency clipped Daniel’s earlier better of 1:55.87, which was additionally the MAC report within the occasion. Daniel obtained out to a pleasant lead on the primary 100, the place she cut up 55.33, however actually opened up her lead on the Third 50, protecting her cut up below 30 seconds with a 29.97. A 30.20 on the ultimate 50 put Daniel into the end with a brand new report. Akron’s Rachel Sabotin was proper there as nicely, swimming a 1:57.88 for 2nd.

Daniel was additionally a member of Akron’s 400 free relay, which received and set a brand new pool report. Maddy Gatrall (49.29), Rebecca Reid (49.50), Weronika Gorecka (48.55), and Daniel (48.02) mixed for a 3:15.36, main the sphere by nicely over a second and cracking the pool report. Unsurprisingly, Maier had the quickest cut up within the occasion, anchoring Miami’s relay in a really speedy 47.34.

Gorecka had received the 200 again earlier within the session. She swam a 1:55.10, narrowly beating out teammate Gatrall (1:55.29), who had received the 100 again on Friday. Whereas Gorecka nonetheless received the race in finals, she was a lot sooner in prelims, the place she clocked a 1:53.53, setting a brand new season greatest. Gorecka holds the MAC report within the occasion along with her profession better of 1:52.43.

Ball State picked up a win within the 1650 free, the place sophomore Callie Tuma clocked a 16:44.16, touching out Akron senior Astrid Halvorsen, who got here in 2nd with a 16:44.27. Tuma was out nicely forward of Halvorsen, splitting 4:58.27 on the primary 500 to Halvorsen’s 5:02.01. Tuma’s lead shrank over the 2nd 500, seeing her flip on the 1000 flip in 10:06.06, whereas Halvorsen was 10:08.66. The lead would proceed to shrink till Halvorsen really pulled forward of Tuma on the 1300. Halvorsen would start inching away from Tuma, along with her lead hitting its largest level on the 1600 flip, the place she was 0.99 seconds forward of Tuma. In the long run, Tuma had the sooner last 50, roaring dwelling in 27.71 to Halvorsen’s 28.81, which was sufficient for the Ball State sophomore to shut the hole and get her hand on the wall first.

Ohio sophomore Casi Dibetta claimed victory within the 200 breast, swimming a 2:11.59. She was locked in a decent race with Akron’s Sara Bozso on the 100 mark, splitting 1:03.31 to Bozso’s 1:03.66, however was capable of draw back much more on the again half. Dibetta cut up 33.92 on the Third 50 and 34.36 on the 4th, coming dwelling in a really good 1:08.28.

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