Bulls Gear Up For MAC Swimming & Diving Championships

Bulls Gear Up For MAC Swimming & Diving Championships


BUFFALO, NY – After a decisive 176-117 victory over Bowling Green on senior day earlier this month, the University at Buffalo Swimming & Diving team (2-4, 1-2 MAC) will now look to carry the momentum and set their sights on the 2019 MAC Swimming & Diving Championships. The MAC Championships are slated to begin on Wednesday evening and will go until Saturday and are set to take place at the University of Akron's Ocasek Natatorium.

Last year, the Bulls tied a program-best third place finish at the MAC Championships held at Ohio University as they were led by former freestyle specialist Megan Burns, who claimed gold medals in the 100-yard and 50-yard freestyle events for the fourth consecutive year.

Current Bull Nicole Roitenberg had a strong showing last year in the 200 backstroke event, as she posted a fourth place finish with a season-best time of 1:58.81 that she will look to improve on this year. Roitenberg was joined by teammates Brittany Beetcher and Andrea Ernst in earning Second Team All-MAC honors after the four days of competition last year.

This year, look for Roitenberg to be a favorite in the 100-yard backstroke event, as the sophomore has impressed all season in that event, including a victory over Akron earlier this season as she touched the wall in first with a time of 55.49.

Brittney Beetcher, who was crowned with MAC Swimmer of the Week honors earlier this season, will look to continue her success in long distance races this season, as the sophomore has been dominant in the 1000-yard freestyle and 500-yard free events, most recently collecting a victory in the 500-yard freestyle over Bowling Green with a time of 4:56.77.

Buffalo junior Katelyn Burns will also look to impress for the Bulls this week, as the freestyle specialist looks to follow his sister's footsteps in claiming gold for the Bulls. Burns, who was awarded MAC Swimmer of the Week honors earlier this season for her efforts in freestyle events versus Cornell, will be a favorite in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events, as the swimmer recently set a personal-best time of 22.89 in the 50-free.

Also look for Olivia Sapio to be a favorite in the 400 IM race, as the sophomore's season-best time of 4:17.07 currently ranks first in the MAC. Additionally, her time of 2:00.45 in the 200-IM ranks second in the MAC.

In the diving well, look for promising young diver Jae Sarkis to compete for a podium finish in the 1-meter and 3-meter dives. Sarkis has impressed all season for the Bulls, most recently collecting a victory in the 3-meter dive event with a combined total score of 322.20 against Bowling Green. Sarkis' resume also includes a first place finish in the 3-meter dive at the UB diving invite, amassing a winning score of 267.05.

The MAC Championships will begin Wednesday night with the 200 yard medley relay and the 800 yard freestyle relay at the Ocasek Natatorium located at the University of Akron.

For fans interested in following along, the competitions preliminary events will be live-streamed on Akron All-Access. Links will be provided on the Swimming and Diving schedule page. Aditionally, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday's championship competitions will be shown on ESPN3 as well online at ESPN.com/watch. 

Day 1: Wednesday, February 27th

  • 200 Medley Relay
  • 800 Freestyle Relay

Day 2: Thursday, February 28th

  • 500 Freestyle
  • 200 IM
  • 50 Freestyle
  • 1-Meter Dive
  • 200 Freestyle Relay

Day 3: Friday, March 1st

  • 400 IM
  • 100 Butterfly
  • 200 Freestyle
  • 100 Breaststroke
  • 100 Backstroke
  • 400 Medley Relay

Day 4: Saturday, March 2nd

  • 1650 Freestyle
  • 200 Backstroke
  • 100 Freestyle
  • 200 Breaststroke
  • 200 Butterfly
  • 3-Meter Diving
  • 400 Freestyle Relay