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