After starting the season strong last weekend, the women's swimming and diving team failed to find the same spark, losing to both the University of Akron and the University at Buffalo. With the losses, Ball State drops to 1-3, both on the season and in Mid-American Conference play.
The Cardinals won three events in Friday's meet, falling 186-109 to the Zips. Emily Karwoski notched a win in the 200-yard individual medley and a pair of second place finishes in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events.
Sara Hostetler was the only other Cardinal to win an event, taking home top honors in the 100-yard butterfly.
Saturday was much of the same story, as Ball State fell to Buffalo 161-137.
The Cardinals won four events on the night. Maria Gramelspacher won the 200-yard butterfly and was a member of the winning 400-yard freestyle relay team with Joan Cullen, Nicole Saulters and Jillian Bischoff.
Senior Emily Karwoski netted 13 points in the meet by winning the 400-yard individual medley and placing second in the 100-yard breaststroke.
The highlight from Saturday for Ball State was in three-meter diving. Despite not having Lisa Maertin, who has twice qualified for the NCAA Zone Diving meet, because of a mandatory class trip, Ball State swept the event. Sophomore Whitney Adams won the event with Christina Riordan, Jessica Elzinga and Natalie Grissom completing the sweep for the Cardinals.
The Cardinals were also without senior Sarah Kehe, who coach Laura Seibold-Caudill had stay in Muncie. Last week was Kehe's first week with the team because she is also a member of the Ball State cross country team, whose season ended for Kehe Oct. 31 after the MAC Championship meet.
Seibold-Caudill was unavailable for comment on this weekend's meets.
Ball State will next be in action Friday when they travel to IUPUI for the House of Champions meet.