Dukes Lead After Day One of A-10 Championships
The Dukes claimed gold in the 200 medley relay for the third straight season.
The Dukes claimed gold in the 200 medley relay for the third straight season.
Feb. 14, 2018


GENEVA, Ohio -
After winning a pair of medals with two school-record performances to open the 2018 Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championship, the Duquesne swimming and diving team paces the field through the first night of competition at the SPIRE Institute with 72 total points. 

For the second consecutive year, the Dukes opened the four-day meet with a gold medal performance in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:40.75, representing a new school record in the event. The relay squad of senior Abby Watson (Chesterfield, Mo./Marquette), juniors Abigail Stauffer (Chambersburg, Pa./Chambersburg) and Kristen McKnight (Gibsonia, Pa./Hampton) along with senior Michelle Heim (Greensboro, N.C./Ragsdale) picked up 40 points for Duquesne with the first-place showing. 

This time shattered the previous record of 1:41.23 set by Watson, Kayla Owens (Youngstown, Pa./Greater Latrobe), McKnight and Heim to begin last year's A-10 Championship. This also marks the third career A-10 gold medal for Watson and McKnight as well as the second for Heim. The Dukes have claimed the 200-yard medley relay title in three straight seasons. 

The 800-yard freestyle relay team of senior Lexi Santer (Wilmington, Del./Charter School of Wilmington) and sophomores Carson Gross (York, Pa./York Suburban), Heather Svitavsky (Willoughby, Ohio/Willoughby) and Lauren Devorace (Rocky River, Ohio/Rocky River) collected a bronze medal in the event, tallying 32 more points for the Dukes with a school-record time of 7:18.71. 

This bested the previous record of 7:19.43 set by Santer, Devorace, Gross and Sydnee Karam (Nazareth, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic) at last year's A-10 Championship meet. 

1. Duquesne - 72
2. Richmond - 68
3. George Washington - 64
4. Fordham - 62
5. Massachusetts - 52
5. George Mason - 52
5. St Bonaventure - 52
8. Saint Louis - 40
9. La Salle - 36
9. Rhode Island - 36
11. Davidson - 26

The Dukes return to action on day two of the 2018 Atlantic 10 Championship on Thursday at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. Below is the schedule of events for tomorrow: 

Prelims - 10:00 AM

500 free
200 IM
50 free 
1-meter dive (1:00 PM)

Finals - 6:30 PM
500 free
200 IM
50 free
1-meter dive
200 free relay 




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