BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo swimming and diving team took home a second place overall finish at the 2018 Zippy Invitational, as the Bulls left Akron with three individual victories on a weekend that saw four program records being broken.
The Bulls placed second overall with a team score of 1422, topping third place Oakland University by 191 points and fourth place school, and MAC foe, Bowling Green by 282 points. Akron was able to claim victory in the invitational, winning it for the fifth-consecutive time.
After the Bulls 400 yard medley team of sophomore Nicole Roitenberg, junior Anna Vitolins, junior Andrea Ernst and junior Katelyn Burns broke the school record in the event with a time of 3:41.17, Roitenberg would see another program record fall on Saturday afternoon as she collected a third place finish in the 100 backstroke event with a time of 53.97, surpassing the former best time of 54.19 set by Julia Box in 2017.
On Sunday, Roitenberg would shatter a third school record on the Weekend, as she re-broke the program-best time in the 200 yard backstroke she set in 2017, claiming third place in the race with a time of 1.56.68.
Before the invitational concluded, a fourth school record would fall as Olivia Sapio re-broke the program record in the 400 IM event, a record Sapio had set just two weeks prior in the Magnus Cup Invitational. She collected a victory for the Bulls in a time of 4:14.07, finishing an astonishing 4.04 seconds before the next finishing swimmer.
In the 200 yard freestyle event, junior Andrea Ernst collected a second place finish for the Bulls as she swam to a time of 1:48.78, a career-best for Ernst.
In the diving well, freshman diver Jae Sarkis would continue to impress and add to her strong start to the campaign as she placed first in the 3-meter diving event, garnering a score of 284.65 in the finals. Junior Olivia Gosselin also had a strong showing in the event, placing fourth with a score of 262.00.
Looking ahead, the Bulls will return home for their next competition as they host the UB Diving invite on January 11-13.
FINAL TEAM RANKINGS
1. Akron, University of 2093
2. University at Buffalo 1422
3. Oakland University 1231
4. Bowling Green State Univ. 1138
5. Marshall University 810.5
6. University of Toledo 710.5
7. Bloomsburg University 426
8. St. Bonaventure University 411
9. Clarion 341
10. Niagara University