Tonawanda News

February 14, 2006

English finishes UB career with a win

By Jay Skurski

Senior Jackie English completed her regular-season career with the University at Buffalo swim team on a winning note, though the rest of her team wouldn’t be as fortunate Saturday.

English, a graduate of Kenmore East High School, teamed with Rachel Sorg, Danielle Gervais and Kahla Walkinshaw to win the 200-yard medley relay in a time of one minute, 52.51 seconds in the opening event of UB’s senior day match with Cornell at the Alumni Arena Natatorium.

Freshman Megan Stratton and junior Tess Johnson had season-best showings for the Bulls (3-9 overall, 0-7 Mid-American Conference), finishing the three-meter diving competition with scores of 219.52 and 180.15, respectively, good enough for second and third places.

Junior Julie Marcotte scored her fifth-straight victory in the 200-yard breaststroke, touching first in a time of 2:28.33. Marcotte also scored a victory in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.24).

Cornell, however, rebounded to take a 163-135 team victory. The 135-point production was the highest team output since Oct. 22.

The Bulls will next compete in the MAC Championships, which take place Feb. 23-25 at the University of Akron.

- Indoor track and field: Both the men’s and women’s squads finished in 10th place at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup hosted by Penn State University this past weekend. The men’s team scored 25 points, good enough for 10th out of 13 teams, while the women compiled 31 points, leaving them 10th out of 15 squads.

Roy Richards won the long jump with a leap of 24 feet, 1.75 inches. Richards ranks third in the MAC with a leap of 24 feet, 3 inches, a mark he set at the Cornell Invitational earlier in the season.

On the women’s side, Jen Jezorski broke Christina Keck’s 2003 mile record, finishing in 4 minutes, 50.20 seconds. Jezorski’s time was good enough for a second-place finish at the meet and was also six seconds better than her personal record and eight-tenths of a second faster than Keck.

Jezorski was also part of UB’s 1,600-meter relay team, which posted an ECAC-qualifying time of 3:53.75, good enough for 10th place.

The men’s and women’s squads are back in action at 7 p.m. Friday when they compete in the Zips Open.

- Wrestling: Senior Kyle Cerminara recovered nicely from his first loss of the season. The Lewiston-Porter graduate earned a 11-1 major decision against Kent State’s Adrian Ramadani, but it wasn’t enough to push the Bulls past the Golden Flashes. Kent State earned a 21-13 team victory.

UB (9-5, 2-3) jumped out to an early lead when heavyweight Harold Sherrell picked up a 1-0, riding-time, point-based win over Jermail Porter.

The Bulls then gave the lead away with a forfeit, but junior Mark Budd was able to tie the match for UB, picking up a 6-0 victory.

Narrow wins by Aaron Miller and Alex Camargo clinched the match for the Golden Flashes.

UB wraps up its dual meet schedule with a match at Slippery Rock University at 7 p.m. Thursday. The match will be the last in Slippery Rock’s history, as the school is dropping the program after this season.

- Women’s tennis: Amherst native Kristen Ortman posted a pair of singles wins over the weekend for the Bulls. Ortman picked up the Bulls only victory in a 6-1 loss at Syracuse University on Friday, then defeated Cornell’s Alex Seaton in a match that went to a third-set tiebreaker on Saturday.

Ortman is 12-2 in singles play this season and holds a 5-0 mark in dual meet matches.

UB (4-1, 0-0) plays at Duquesne at 5 p.m. Feb. 25.

Contact Jay Skurski at 693-1000, Ext. 117.