Oct. 21, 2016
FINAL: Duquesne 158, Richmond 135
TEAM RECORDS: DUQ 1-1 // UR 1-2
QUICK RECAP: The Duquesne swimming team found its first win of the 2016-17 season Friday night with a 158-135 victory over Richmond in the first day of the Richmond Duals.
Summer Svitavsky led the way for the Dukes in the 1650-yard Freestyle, the first event of the meet, finishing in 17:54.17. Lauren Devorace would follow with a PR of 18:00.01, taking third place.
Duquesne's 200-yard Medley Relay team of Abby Watson, Erin Kuhn, Kayla Owens and Kristen McKnight would finish first, recording a time of 1:46.73.
In the next event, Lexi Santer led the way for the Dukes in the 200-yard Freestyle, taking first place in 1:54.18, with Heather Svitavsky placing third in 1:55.58 and Carson Gross finishing in fourth at 1:56.28.
The Dukes would have the top-four finishers in the 100-yard Backstroke with Watson (57.72) leading the way, followed by Morgan Fink (58.35), Sydnee Karam (58.87) and Hallie McCue (59.21).
Kuhn had a first place finish in the 100-yard Breaststroke with a time of 1:05.19, and Owens took second place in 1:05.31.
Smith went on to place second in the 200-yard Butterfly, swimming it in 2:07.31.
Duquesne would have a first place finish in the 50-yard Freestyle, with McKnight recording a time of 24.38.
The Dukes had second and third place finishes in the 200-yard Backstroke (Watson 2:06.73, Fink 2:07.20), 200-yard Breaststroke (Abby Stauffer 2:22.45, Kuhn 2:24.04), 100-yard Freestyle (Smith 53.42, Gross 53.71) and 500-yard Freestyle (Summer Svitavsky 5:14.44, Devorace 5:15.17).
Owens took first in the 100-yard Butterfly, recording a time of 57.64 and Stauffer's 200-yard Individual Medley time of 2:06.70 would give the Dukes another first place finish.
Duquesne closed out the meet, with the 400-yard Freestyle Relay team of Heather Svitavsky, Smith, Devorace and Santer taking second place in 3:34.12.
COACH SHEETS QUOTE: "This was a good way to start off the Richmond Duals with a win over the host team. We caught them at the right time and were able to capitalize on that. Our ladies came in ready to compete and got after them on every race. The ladies will enjoy this until they go to bed tonight, and tomorrow we will focus on a strong George Mason team."
UP NEXT: The Dukes will compete against George Mason Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in the second day of the Richmond Duals. Mason defeated Davidson by a final score of 151.50-147.50 Friday evening.