YPSILANTI, MI – The University at Buffalo women's swimming team (1-4, 0-2 MAC) dropped a close dual meet to MAC foe Eastern Michigan Saturday afternoon in Jones Natatorium despite a dominate performance from junior Katelyn Burns which saw her claim victory in four events. In all, the Bulls claimed victory in eight events throughout the afternoon.
The Bulls fell just short to the Eagles 159-141 on Saturday but were able to claim several victories on the afternoon.
Junior Katelyn Burns continuing her dominance in freestyle events that she began the season with as the skilled swimmer collected three individual victories for Buffalo on the day. She claimed the first victory for Buffalo on the day in the 200-yard freestyle event as she was able to clock in a time of 1:51.87, beating the second placed swimmer, teammate Andrea Ernst, by just under a second.
Burns would claim a second individual victory for the Bulls, this time in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.55. Her third individual victory was claimed in the 100-yard freestyle event, as Burns touched the wall with a time of 51.67.
Burns collected her fourth victory of the day as she was part of the relay team, alongside teammates Jillian Lawton, Antonia Naccarella and Catherine Schultheis that collected a victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a winning time of 3:24.94, just under three seconds ahead of the second placed team from EMU.
Buffalo sophomore Olivia Sapio, fresh off of a two individual victory performance at Duquesne, would claim a victory for the Bulls in the 200-yard butterfly, touching the wall at a time of 2:01.11. The time was a career-best for Sapio, and bested the second placed swimmer by over two full seconds. The time also stands as the fourth fastest in program history. Sapio would collect a second victory on the afternoon, touching the wall in first place in the 200-yard IM event with a time of 2:03.46.
In the 100-yard Butterfly event, it was Bulls sophomore Jillian Lawton who would collect the victory for the Bulls in the event. Lawton clocked in a winning time of 55.83, a career-best for the sophomore.
The Bulls will now take a weekend off of action before returning back to Alumni Arena on February 1st as the team honors their seniors on senior day. The action gets underway at 4:00 p.m. at the Alumni Arena Natatorium.