MAC Women?s Swim Championships Get Underway

Updated 2/20/2008

Story and results courtesy of University at Buffalo athletic media relations

 BUFFALO, NY The 2008 Mid-American Conference Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships got underway Wednesday night at the University at Buffalo’s Alumni Arena Natatorium with a pair of MAC records set as well as UB school record.

Through two events, Toledo holds the team lead with 74 points. Eastern Michigan is second with 66 points. Ohio and Miami (OH) are tied for third at 64. Buffalo and Bowling Green are tied for fifth at 56. Akron and Ball State are tied for seventh at 46.

The meet started with a MAC and league championship record being set by Toledo in the 200-yard medley relay. The Rockets’ time of 1:41.32 also broke the UB pool record and established an NCAA B cut mark. Toledo’s foursome included Meg Reissig, Kylie Gamelier, Amanda Thompson and Leah Woodard.

Eastern Michigan set MAC and league championship marks as well as a UB pool record and NCAA B cut with its win in the 800-yard freestyle relay. EMU’s foursome of Steph Cholyk, Hannah Burandt, Alissa Ricard and Maddy Pilchard touched the wall first in 7:15.91, nearly six seconds ahead of the previous MAC mark set by the Eagles at last season’s meet and nearly 15 seconds better than the previous UB facility mark.

UB’s 200-yard medley team set a new school record with their fourth-place finish of 1:44.21. The Bulls’ foursome included Andrea Lehner (Lockport, NY/Orchard Park), Ashley Schaffert (Lockport, NY/Lockport), Sam Palma (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) and Jessie Koltz (Chenango Bridge,NY/Chenango Valley). The Bulls sliced two seconds off the previous record

set in 2000.

The Bulls also placed sixth in the 800-yard freestyle relay as Lehner, Renae Sharkey (Fords, NJ/Metuchen), Ashley Olsen (Tonawanda, NY/Buffalo Seminary) and Jordan Deren (Lackawanna, NY/Nardin Academy) finished in 7:33.43, a season-best time.

Competition continues on Thursday with preliminaries at 11:00 am and finals at 7:00 pm. The meet concludes on Saturday.

Team scores (after two events): Toledo 74, Eastern Michigan 66, Ohio 64, Miami (OH) 64, Bowling Green 56, Buffalo 56, Akron 46, Ball State 46.

Wednesday’s champions

200 medley relay: Toledo (Meg Reissig, Kylie Gamelier, Amanda Thompson, Leah Woodard) 1:41.32

800 freestyle relay: Eastern Michigan (Steph Cholyk, Hannah Burandt, Alissa Ricard, Maddy Pilchard) 7:15.91

Licensed to Univ. at Buffalo Athletics Hy-Tek's Meet Manager 2/20/2008 07:53 PM
            Women's MAC Championship 2008 - 2/20/2008 to 2/23/2008             
                                    Results                                    
 
Event 1  Women 200 Yard Medley Relay
===============================================================================
         MAC: * 1:44.11        2007 Miami                                      
        Pool: # 1:45.25        2001 Ohio University                            
 Meet Record: ! 1:44.11        2007 Miami                                      
                1:39.49  AUTO
                1:42.47  PROV
    School                                               Seed     Finals        
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  1 University of Toledo-OH                           1:44.27    1:41.32*PROV   
     1) Reissig, Meg SO                 2) Gamelier, Kylie JR             
     3) Thompson, Amanda FR             4) Woodard, Leah SR               
       25.85    28.71    24.21    22.55                                    
  2 Miami University-OH                               1:44.11    1:43.79*       
     1) Schmidt, Malarie JR             2) Frazier, Karen SO              
     3) Roddenbery, Nicole FR           4) Schmidt, Alyson JR             
       27.22    28.45    25.03    23.09                                    
  3 Ohio University-OH                                1:46.94    1:43.81*       
     1) Wylam, Emily SR                 2) Hahn-Lawson, Michaela SR       
     3) Cecere, Amanda FR               4) Bower, Chelsey SO              
       26.19    29.99    24.51    23.12                                    
  4 University at Buffalo-NI                          1:46.20    1:44.21#       
     1) Lehner, Andrea SO               2) Schaffert, Ashley SO           
     3) Palma, Sam SO                   4) Koltz, Jessie FR               
       26.74    29.57    24.86    23.04                                    
  5 Bowling Green State Univ.                         1:46.93    1:44.40#       
     1) Yee, Alisha JR                  2) Richardson, Meg SO             
     3) Carriaga, Michael SR            4) Houck, Frankie SO              
       25.69    29.63    25.10    23.98                                    
  6 Eastern Michigan University                       1:48.05    1:44.81#       
     1) Morgan, Tracy FR                2) Carson, Sheila SO              
     3) Moser, Leeza SO                 4) Lee Ha, Cat JR                 
       27.17    29.37    25.33    22.94                                    
  7 The University of Akron-LE                        1:49.97    1:46.41        
     1) Karchner, Kendall SO            2) Craft, Jasmine FR              
     3) Parr, Lauren SO                 4) Zielinski, Steph SO            
       27.65    29.68    26.17    22.91                                    
  8 Ball State University                             1:48.26    1:47.83        
     1) Paul, Erika JR                  2) Harger, Lauren JR              
     3) Gramelspacher, Maria FR         4) Bylsma, Katie FR               
       27.64    30.04    25.98    24.17                                    
 
Event 2  Women 800 Yard Freestyle Relay
===============================================================================
         MAC: * 7:21.80        2007 Eastern Michigan                           
        Pool: # 7:29.57        2001 Ohio University                            
 Meet Record: ! 7:21.80        2007 Eastern Michigan                           
                7:10.49  AUTO
                7:23.40  PROV
    School                                               Seed     Finals        
===============================================================================
  1 Eastern Michigan University                       7:31.56    7:15.91*PROV   
     1) Cholyk, Steph SO                2) Burandt, Hannah JR             
     3) Ricard, Alissa JR               4) Pilchard, Maddy SR             
       25.87    54.30  1:23.96  1:54.36    24.70    51.26  1:18.89  1:47.55
       24.70    52.46  1:20.44  1:48.21    24.03    50.91  1:18.48  1:45.79
  2 University of Toledo-OH                           7:39.91    7:22.58#PROV   
     1) Woodard, Leah SR                2) Cormack, Caitlin SO            
     3) Reissig, Meg SO                 4) Dyer, Jacy FR                  
       24.75    52.03  1:20.84  1:50.64    24.76    53.28  1:22.79  1:52.87
       24.57    52.04  1:20.57  1:49.47    24.51    52.11  1:20.91  1:49.60
  3 Ohio University-OH                                7:35.32    7:23.15#PROV   
     1) Heim, Rachel FR                 2) Traylor, Amanda FR             
     3) Marion, Ashley JR               4) Petersen, Ilse SR              
       25.73    53.78  1:22.42  1:51.88    25.18    53.22  1:21.72  1:50.34
       24.64    52.74  1:22.15  1:51.94    24.56    52.16  1:20.53  1:48.99
  4 Miami University-OH                               7:31.01    7:28.38#       
     1) French, Maggie JR               2) Bezier, Kristen SR             
     3) Schmidt, Malarie JR             4) Stevens, Allison JR            
       26.27    54.47  1:23.43  1:52.82    25.58    53.33  1:21.80  1:51.68
       26.25    55.51  1:25.02  1:53.92    25.08    52.66  1:21.21  1:49.96
  5 Bowling Green State Univ.                         7:42.69    7:31.50        
     1) Wright, Jen SR                  2) Yee, Alisha JR                 
     3) Burston, Sarah FR               4) Jordan, Sami JR                
       26.50    54.77  1:23.28  1:52.36    25.08    52.56  1:21.05  1:50.58
       25.78    54.95  1:24.91  1:55.00    26.27    55.27  1:24.50  1:53.56
  6 University at Buffalo-NI                          7:40.07    7:33.43        
     1) Lehner, Andrea SO               2) Sharkey, Renae FR              
     3) Olsen, Ashley FR                4) Deren, Jordan FR               
       26.03    53.40  1:22.04  1:50.24    26.12    55.29  1:24.75  1:54.15
       27.24    56.57  1:26.06  1:55.69    25.59    54.26  1:23.68  1:53.35
  7 Ball State University                             7:42.46    7:35.05        
     1) Gramelspacher, Maria FR         2) Kehe, Sarah SO                 
     3) Del Rio, Addison SR             4) Huang, Michelle SR             
       26.51    55.48  1:24.60  1:54.14    25.70    54.19  1:23.20  1:52.35
       25.86    55.00  1:25.04  1:55.17    26.23    55.22  1:24.06  1:53.39
  8 The University of Akron-LE                        7:48.06    7:38.75        
     1) Gary, Melissa SO                2) Parr, Lauren SO                
     3) Bombrys, Kylie SO               4) Bulkowski, Emily JR            
       25.55    53.61  1:23.62  1:55.09    25.67    54.75  1:25.24  1:55.85
       26.16    55.59  1:25.91  1:56.39    25.79    53.73  1:22.33  1:51.42
 
                    Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 2                    
 
  1. University of Toledo                 74   2. Eastern Michigan University          66
  3. Ohio University                      64   3. Miami University                     64
  5. Bowling Green State Univ.            56   5. University at Buffalo                56
  7. The University of Akron              46   7. Ball State University                46