Oct. 29, 2017
Dukes 241, George Mason (3-1 129
Dukes 293, La Salle (0-4) 72
Dukes 230, Saint Louis (2-2) 131
Dukes 208, St. Bonaventure (3-1) 163
(opponent's record in A-10 Classic)
GENEVA, Ohio - The Duquesne swimming and diving team finished with a perfect 4-0 record at the 2017 Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Classic held at SPIRE Institute on Saturday, Oct. 28 and Sunday, Oct. 29. The Dukes defeated A-10 foes George Mason (241-129), La Salle (293-72), Saint Louis (230-131) and St. Bonaventure (208-163).
With Duquesne's second sweep in as many weekends, the Dukes are now 6-0 in dual action this season after topping Davidson (187.5-104.5) and Richmond (154-145) last weekend at the Richmond Duals.
Duquesne defeated La Salle in all 18 swimming events, George Mason and Saint Louis in 12 events and St. Bonaventure in nine events.
The Dukes topped all opponents in four events on the day, including the 200-yard IM relay, the 400-yard IM, the 200-yard IM and the 200-yard breaststroke.
Freshman Emma Brinton (Landenburg, Pa./Avon Grove) posted another strong showing for the Dukes, defeating all opponents in the 200-yard IM (2:06.77), the 400-yard IM (4:29.79) and the 200-yard backstroke (2:02.61). She also bested Saint Louis, George Mason and La Salle in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 58.41.
The Dukes added a 1-2-3 finish in the 200-yard breaststroke, with junior Abigail Stauffer (Chambersburg, Pa./Chambersburg) picking up a win with a time of 2:22.95 in the event followed by sophomore Erin Kuhn (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny) second at 2:23.30 and freshman Audrey Campo third at 2:24.24. Stauffer (1:05.79) and Kuhn (1:05.98) also topped all opposition from St. Bonaventure, La Salle and St. Louis in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Duquesne finished 1-2-3 in the 200-yard IM with Stauffer (2:08.05) placing second and senior Lexi Santer (Wilmington, Del./Charter School of Wilmington) third (2:09.14). Santer also defeated St. Bonaventure and George Mason in the 200-yard freestyle with a mark of 1:54.85.
Senior Michelle Heim (Greensboro, N.C./Ragsdale) (24.28) and juniors Kristen McKnight (Gibsonia, Pa./Hampton) (24.34) andEmily Thirion (Warren, Ohio/Warren) (24:55 ) finished ahead of Saint Louis, George Mason and La Salle in the 50-yard freestyle. Senior Kayla Owens (Youngstown, Pa./Greater Latrobe) (1:00.05), Stauffer (1:00.45) and Thirion (1:00.77) defeated the same three teams in the 100-yard IM.
Junior Morgan Smith (Chapel Hill, N.C./East Chapel Hill) defeated La Salle, St. Louis and Saint Bonaventure in the 200-yard butterfly with a showing of 2:07.92.
The 200-yard freestyle relay team (1:36.66) of McKnight, Smith, Thirion and Heim as well as the 400-yard medley relay team (3:52.24) of Brinton, Stauffer, Smith and Santer and the 400-yard freestyle relay team (3:30.85) of Santer, Heim, Smith and sophomore Carson Gross (York, Pa./york Suburban) each earned wins over George Mason, La Salle and St. Louis in their respective events.
Freshman Colleen Rodrigues (Willow Grove, Pa./Upper Moreland) paced the Duquesne divers on the weekend, tallying 196.95 points in the 1-meter and 172.70 in the 3-meter.
The 2017-18 Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championship will also be held at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio on Feb. 14-17, 2018.
Head Coach David Sheets: "I was very pleased with the way we performed over the three sessions of the meet. The ladies did a great job this week in practice of working on the small things we addressed last Saturday and it showed in how they raced. Our progress over the next several weeks will be a good indicator of how good of a team we can become."
Head Diving Coach Charlie Hauser: "The divers came out strong. Another good learning experience for the team as this was a longer meet and more like the Conference meet. The girls all made great adjustments from one day to the next and are starting to show more consistency. A nice meet overall and I'm pleased with where we are at for this point in the season."
Up Next: The Duquesne diving team will travel to Youngstown State on Friday, Nov. 3 with competition beginning at 5 p.m. ET. The Dukes swimmers will then host the Penguins on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. ET at Towers Pool.