Bulls See School Record Fall, Secure Multiple Podium Finishes, On Day Two of MAC Championships

Bulls See School Record Fall, Secure Multiple Podium Finishes, On Day Two of MAC Championships

AKRON, OH – The University at Buffalo Swimming & Diving team concluded a successful second day of competition at the Ocasek Natatorium in Akron, Ohio, Thursday night as the Bulls had three podium finishes and saw a school record fall after Brittney Beetcher's record-breaking performance in the 500 freestyle event. The Bulls currently sit in third place overall, just behind Akron and Eastern Michigan.

Sophomore Brittney Beetcher highlighted a successful night for the Bulls squad as she collected a fourth place finish in a very competitive field for the 500-yard freestyle race. The long distance specialist collected a time of 4:45.64, a new school record, besting Jessica Powers' former best swim of 4:46.37 set in 2014.

Sophomore Olivia Sapio also had a successful night for the Bulls squad, as the IM specialist paced herself to a third place finish and a bronze medal in the 200-yard IM race, touching the wall in a time of 1:59.23, a personal-best. The time currently stands as the second-fastest in program history.

In the only relay race of the day, Buffalo's 200-yard freestyle relay team of Antonia Naccarella, Andrea Ernst, Katelyn Burns and Jillian Lawton swam to a silver medal and second-place finish, clocking in a time of 1:30.52. The squad's time currently ranks fifth-best in team history.

In the diving well, it was freshman standout Jae Sarkis who once again lead Buffalo's efforts on the diving board. Sarkis accumulated a final score of 275.78, good for a third place finish and a bronze medal in a very competitive field.

The Bulls will return to the pool tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m. for prelims. The first event of the day is the 400-yard IM.


CURRENT OVERALL STANDINGS

1. Akron - 319

2. Eastern Michigan - 221

3. BUFFALO - 199

4. Miami (OH) - 173

5. BGSU - 125

6. Ohio - 121

7. Ball State - 87

8. Toledo - 61