Buffalo Women Down Duquesne 219-77

Buffalo at Duquesne

  • Jan. 11, 2019
  • Buffalo 219, Duquesne 77
  • Results

Courtesy: Buffalo Athletics

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The University at Buffalo women’s swimming team (1-3, 0-1 MAC) earned a 219-77 victory over the Duquesne Dukes (5-4) on Friday afternoon inside the Towers Pool in Pittsburgh, Pa. The win marks the first dual meet victory of the year for Buffalo, as the Bulls were dominant on the evening, winning 15-of-16 races en route to the victory.

The Bulls returned to the pool in style after dropping dual meets to Liberty and FGCU last weekend.

Olivia Sapio had unquestionably her best showing for the Bulls this season, claiming two individual victories in the 100-yard IM and 400-yard IM events, as well as a relay victory in the 400-yard medley relay for Buffalo. Her 400-IM winning time of 4:22.32 ranks as eight best in UB history.

Butterfly specialist sophomore Jillian Lawton also impressed for the Bulls, claiming two individual victories for the Bulls. Lawton swam to the win in the 50-yard butterfly with a time of 26.26. She also collected a win for Buffalo in the 100-yard butterfly event, clocking in a time of 57.57.

Buffalo sophomore Nicole Roitenberg was yet another Bull who saw multiple individual victories on the evening, claiming first place in two individual events at Towers Pool. Roitenberg’s first victory came in the 100-yard backstroke event, as the sophomore swam to the win in a time of 56.18. She also swam to victory in the 50-yard backstroke, swimming to the line in first with a time of 26.61.

Sophomore Brittney Beetcher, the reigning MAC Swimmer of the Week, also collected a victory for the Bulls, swimming to the win in the 500-yard freestyle event with a time of 5:04.24, just under two seconds ahead of the second placed swimmer.

Senior Sharne Tiller collected an individual victory for the Bulls’ efforts, clocking in a time of 30.54 in the 50-yard breaststroke race.

In the 200-yard freestyle event, it was Buffalo junior Andrea Ernst who would claim victory for the Bulls, as she swam to the win with a time of 1:54.01, over 1.50 seconds ahead of the second placed swimmer and teammate Catherine Schultheis.

Bulls junior and freestyle specialist Katelyn Burns continued her dominance in freestyle events, as the impressive swimmer clocked in a winning time of 51.80 in the 100-yard freestyle event. Burns also collected a victory in the 50-yard freestyle event, swimming to a time of 24.09. In addition, Burns was a member of two of Buffalo’s relay teams that claimed victory for the Bulls Saturday evening.

Buffalo was a perfect four-for-four in relay events, sweeping the contests with victories in the 200-yard freestyle, 400-yard freestyle, 400-yard medley and 200-yard medley events.

Looking ahead, the Bulls will head to Ypsilanti, Mich. next weekend, as they return to MAC play for a dual meet against the Eagles.

Courtesy: Duquesne Athletics

PITTSBURGH – Duquesne opened the home portion of the 2018-19 schedule on Friday evening hosting Buffalo at Towers Pool. The visiting Bulls came away with a 219-77 victory over the Dukes.

Abigail Stauffer (Chambersburg, Pa./Chambersburg) won the 100-yard breaststroke for Duquesne with a time of 1:06.24 in the event. She added a second-place finish in the 50-yard breaststroke with a mark of 30.76 for the Dukes. In addition, Stauffer and teammates Emma Brinton (Landenburg, Pa./Avon Grove), Audrey Steen (San Pedro, Calif./San Pedro) and Carson Gross (York, Pa./York Suburban) posted a second-place mark in the 400-yard medley relay (3:55.79) while Stauffer, Steen, Kristen McKnight (Gibsonia, Pa./Hampton) and Morgan Smith (Chapel Hill, N.C./East Chapel Hill) placed second in the 200-yard medley relay (1:47.93) for Duquesne.

Brinton finished second in the 100-yard backstroke (58.71) and third in both the 400-yard IM (4:27.20) and the 50-yard backstroke (28.53) for the Dukes.

Steen placed second in the 50-yard backstroke (27.38) and third in the 100-yard IM (59.96) and 100-yard butterfly (59.18) on the evening.

Gross posted third-place showings in the 100-yard freestyle (53.95) and 200-yard freestyle (1:56.46) for Duquesne while McKnight and Summer Svitavsky (Willoughby, Ohio/Hawken) added third-place marks in the 50-yard butterfly (26.76) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:12.83), respectively for the Dukes.

Duquesne’s 200-yard freestyle relay team of McKnight, Hanna Everhart (Bloomsburg, Pa./Bloomsburg Area), Gross and Smith began the meet with a third-place finish in the event at 1:38.97.

Head coach David Sheets: “Overall I was pleased with how we raced.  Buffalo is a good team and they swam very well. Our main focus was not to worry about Buffalo’s races but to focus on our own. I think we did a nice job of that. Tomorrow will bring on another challenge with an even better Akron team. If we focus on taking care of our races and how we swim it will be a good meet for us.”

The Dukes return right back to action tomorrow hosting another team from the Mid-American Conference in Akron. The diving portion of the meet will take place at Carnegie Mellon University beginning at 11 a.m. followed by the swimmers against the Zips at 1 p.m. at Towers Pool.

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