Ball State University men's swimming and diving won seven events in their season debut Saturday, but fell short to the University at Buffalo, losing 158-137.
Two sophomores scored 13 points for Ball State. Gavin McNeeley won the 100-yard breaststroke (1:00.05) and came in second in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:13.30). Chris Krupa built off his solid Red-White meet performance by capturing the 200-yard butterfly (1:58.40) and placing second in the 200-yard individual medley (2:03.51).
Devon Hill made noise in his debut, as the freshman teamed up with Austin Laska, Ben Battjes and Casey Schroeder to win the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:13.10). Laska and Battjes also finished first (21.25) and second (21.43), respectively, in the 50-yard freestyle.
Ben Karwoski, Jeremy Whited and Andrew Hostetler also contributed event wins for the Cardinals. Karwoski placed first in the 500-yard freestyle (4:51.98), Whited won the three-meter dive (220.50) and Hostetler triumphed in the 200-yard individual medley (2:02.14).
Ball State continues their season next weekend at IUPUI, as they will play in the House of Champions tournament Friday and Saturday. The Cardinals will be looking to defend their title. Last year, they accumulated 7,993 points en route to a first place finish among the six teams. It was the third straight year that the Cardinals won the tournament.