Buffalo Swim & Dive Tie Program-Best Third Place Finish at MAC Championships

Buffalo Swim & Dive Tie Program-Best Third Place Finish at MAC Championships

AKRON, OH – The University at Buffalo Swimming & Diving team concluded action at the 2019 MAC Swimming & Diving Championships Saturday night at the Okasek Natatorium at the University of Akron. The Bulls placed third in the overall standings, tying a program record for best finish in team history also set during both the 2017 and 2018 seasons. The Bulls finished with 502 points, just behind Eastern Michigan and Akron in the final standings.

The first event of the night was the 200-Yard back event in which sophomore Nicole Roitenberg swan a very competitive race for Buffalo, touching the wall in fourth place with a time of 1:56.96. The time was second-fastest in program history, only behind Roitenberg's own record of 1:56.68 set earlier this season.

Junior Andrea Ernst had a solid showing for the Bulls in the 100-yard freestyle race, pacing herself to an eighth place finish, clocking in a time of 49.72 seconds. Her time, which ranks as the sixth-fastest in team history, is a new career-best for Ernst.

In the 200-yard breast event, Grace Baumer led the way for the Bulls efforts, touching the wall in eighth place. Baumer's time of 2:14.86 was not only a career-best for the junior, but the second-fastest time in program history as well.

Olivia Sapio was once again a bright spot for Buffalo on the evening, as the sophomore from Orchard Park, NY, placed fourth in the 200-yard fly race with a time of 1:58.82. The time set a new fastest in program history and is a new personal best for Sapio as the junior ended her MAC Championship showing on a high note.

The Bulls relay team also impressed on the night, as the squad of Katelyn Burns, Jillian Lawton, Catherine Schultheis and Ernst paced themselves to a third place finish, and bronze medal, in the 400-yard freestyle relay race. The squad's finishing time of 3:19.91 was the fifth fastest time in program history.

In the diving well, it was once again Jae Sarkis who spearheaded the Bulls' efforts. The freshman accumulated a total score of 299.05 in the 3-meter dive event, higher than any other freshman in the field and good enough for a fourth place finish in a very competitive field of divers.

Brittney Beetcher and Sapio were awarded First-Team All-MAC honors for their performances this week, with Ernst and Sarkis getting the nod for Second-Team All-MAC honors.


FINAL STANDINGS

  1. Akron – 867 points
  2. Eastern Michigan – 583 points
  3. BUFFALO – 502 points
  4. Miami (OH) – 486 points
  5. Ohio – 421 points
  6. Bowling Green – 305 points
  7. Toledo – 171 points
  8. Ball State – 148 points