Nov. 4, 2017
Dukes 168, Youngstown State 125
PITTSBURGH - The Duquesne swimming and diving team posted a 168-125 victory over Youngstown State in the Dukes' home opener on Saturday afternoon at Towers Pool. With the win, Duquesne boosts its record to 7-0 in dual action to start the 2017-18 campaign.
All told, the Dukes bested the Penguins in nine events at the meet.
Freshman Emma Brinton (Landenburg, Pa./Avon Grove) won a team-high two events for Duquesne with triumphs in the 200-yard freestyle (1:55.72) and the 100-yard freestyle (54.26). Brinton was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week in each of the last two weeks.
The Dukes' 200-yard medley relay team consisting of seniors Abby Watson (Chesterfield, Mo./Marquette), Lexi Santer (Wilmington, Del./Charter School of Wilmington), Kayla Owens (Youngstown, Pa./Greater Latrobe) and Michelle Heim (Greensboro, N.C./Ragsdale) picked up a win with a time of 1:48.23. Watson also paced the field in the 100-yard backstroke with a mark of 59.44.
Sophomore Summer Svitavsky (Willoughby, Ohio/Hawken) (1000-yard freestyle / 10:38.38), juniors Abigail Stauffer (Chambersburg, Pa./Chambersburg) (100-yard breaststroke / 1:06.18), Kristen McKnight (Gibsonia, Pa./Hampton) (50-yard free / 33.11) and Sydney Karam (Nazareth, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic/West Virginia) (200-yard backstroke / 2:10.01) as well as freshman Erin Conroy (Apex, N.C./Apex) (5:15.43) also earned event victories for Duquesne.
Freshman Colleen Rodrigues (Willow Grove, Pa./Upper Moreland) led the DU divers with third-place finishes in the 1-meter (212.69) and 3-meter (192.06).
Head coach David Sheets: "It was another good performance today from the ladies. It was fun to be at home and have such a great fan base at the pool. Our parents always do a great job of creating an atmosphere for fun and fast swimming. We continue to work on the little things that will pay off big long term. It will be nice to focus on just training this week until the Magnus Cup later in November."
Head diving coach Charlie Hauser: "Girls did a great job diving at Youngstown on Friday. All three had a new dive to debut and all three also recorded higher scores than last weekend. I was very happy with the performance and to see everyone having a good time with this meet. Shout out to the swimmers and staff that came along too, I think the added support helped set the tone for a great meet."
Up Next: The Dukes travel to Cleveland, Ohio for the Magnus Cup on Nov. 17-19.