AKRON, OH – The University at Buffalo Swimming & Diving team finished day three of competition on a high note as the Bulls saw a MAC champion crowned when Olivia Sapio claimed victory in the 400-yard IM event. Buffalo currently sits in third place in the overall standings behind Akron and Eastern Michigan with 339 points.
The evening was highlighted by sophomore Olivia Sapio's incredible victory in the 400-yard IM event, as the IM specialist collected a MAC championship tittle, swimming to a first place finish with a time of 4:14.11, just .04 seconds ahead of the second placed finisher from Akron. Sapio's time was the second-fastest in program history behind her own record time of 4:14.07 set earlier this season.
Another strong performance for the Bulls was Andrea Ernst's performance in the 100-yard fly race, as the junior collected a fourth place finish on her way to setting a new program record, touching the wall with a time of 53.46. The new school record bested the time of 53.77 set by Julia Box in 2017.
In the 200-yard freestyle race, junior Katelyn Burns swam to a time of 1:49.27, good for a seventh place finish and the ninth fastest time in program history.
Junior Anna Vitolins had a strong day of competition for the Bulls, as the breaststroke specialist set a new school record in the 100-yard breast preliminaries, swimming to a time of 1:01.47, shattering Brynn Marecki's record time of 1:01.81 set in 2009. Vitolins placed seventh in the final heat with a time of 1:01.90.
Nicole Roitenberg placed sixth in the 100 yard backstroke event, clocking in a time of 54.16, the second-fastest in program history which sits only behind her own school record of 53.97 set earlier this season.
In the evening's final event, the Bulls relay team of Roitenberg, Vitolins, Ernst and Burns swam to a fourth place finish in the 400-yard medley relay event, touching the wall with a time of 3:40.86. The inspired performance broke another school record, the third of the night, leaping the former best time of 3:41.70 set earlier this season.
The Bulls will return to the pool for the final day of the MAC Championships tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m. for prelims, starting with the 200-yard backstroke event.
CURRENT TEAM STANDINGS
1. Akron- 564
2. Eastern Michigan- 368
3. Buffalo- 339
4. Miami- 320
5. Ohio- 271
6. Bowling Green- 209
7. Toledo- 124
8. Ball State- 122