Cards sweep conference opponents at Buffalo

Women's swimming and diving defeat Bulls by 64 points.

Sophomore Sarah King led the way for the Cardinals with two first-place finishes at the University at Buffalo, Saturday. King also competed on two first-place relay teams as the women's swimming and diving team mopped up its competition by completing a sweep against two conference opponents at the University at Buffalo. The Cardinals (3-1 overall, 2-1 Mid-American Conference) handily defeated Bowling Green, 218-82, and topped Buffalo by a 182-118 margin.

The team defeated Bowling Green in 14 of 16 events and notched nine of 16 events against the host Bulls. Ball State had nine overall first-place finishes on the day.

"Sarah King was a significant factor in the win," head coach Laura Seibold-Caudill said. "We have really improved a lot overall. Our sprinting events are much more competitive. For the long haul, our performance was right on track with where we want it to be."

King finished first in the 50-yard freestyle and won the 100-freestyle. In the meantime, junior Emily Aubie finished first in the 200-yard butterfly event.

"I'm in a different mind set now," King said. "I have a lot better feel for where my place is on the team. I'm focusing more on dual meets than I had before and things just seem to be clicking better."

Freshmen Michelle Braden and Danielle Fisher also took the 200-yard breaststroke and the 500-yard freestyle relays, respectively. Their performances continued what Seibold-Caudill considers an impressive start for the new recruiting class.

"It is different from the standpoint, that it's a big meet every time I swim now," Fisher said. "(There are) no smaller meets. I know I have to go out and race every time I compete."-á

"Our goal is to move up from where we finished last year," Seibold-Caudill said. "We have it to take it one meet at a time and go from there. We still have a lot of hard work ahead of us."

Just by looking at things comparatively, one could distinguish how the Cards have improved.

A year ago, Ball State narrowly defeated Buffalo 150-149 and this season they continued conference play by blowing out the Bulls by a 64-point margin.


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