Splash Report: a quick preview for the MAC Championships

College swimming season is coming to a close, and conference championship meets are coming up quick!

The Women’s Mid-American Conference meet begins on February 22nd at Miami University (Ohio). There are 8 teams with 24 athletes each competing for the conference title.

The University of Akron

400 Free relay podium at MACS in 2016

The University of Akron will be chasing their third MAC crown in a row, after winning in 2015 and 2016. The Zips have been performing well this season, and are predicted to take the top spot again this year as long as their egos don’t get the best of them.

Ohio University

Ohio University could pull an upset this year. The Bobcats came in an “uninspiring” 6th place last year. Under the helm of gold-medalist Rachel Komisarz-Baugh, they have been swimming like a different team this season. Their freshmen class is packed with talent that will help the team score in individual events and boost relays. The ‘Cats will only graduate four seniors at the conclusion of the season.

Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan is another team to keep an eye on. They have dominated their dual meet season and have posted fast times. It will be interesting to see if they can improve on their times at the Championships. In the past, they have done well in-season but fall flat at MACs. They recently defeated the Miami Redhawks to earn a perfect dual meet season.

Bowling Green State University & University of Buffalo

BGSU & Buffalo has done “alright” in my opinion. It’s predicted that they will place in the middle of the pack this year. BGSU has some good sprinters which will translate over to their 200-yard relays. Buffalo has a few stand-out swimmers, but they lack depth in talent.

Ball State University & University of Toledo

Ball State University and Toledo will be fighting for last place. Both teams have a losing record and have lost to all the other MAC schools in dual meets. Toledo does not have any divers this year, their only diver has red-shirted. Ball State is typically at the bottom of the conference and this year will be no different.

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