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 Saturday 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 on Saturday en route to the victory.
The Bulls returned to the pool in style after dropping dual meets to Liberty and FGCU last weekend, as Buffalo dominated the Dukes 277-79, claiming victories in 15 out of the 16 events inside Towers Pool Saturday evening.
Olivia Sapio had questionably 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. Roitenbeg'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.