DU Swimmers Solidly Wrap Up Final Day of Akron Invite
Meghan Smith

Dec. 4, 2011


The Duquesne University swimming team used a solid team performance on Sunday to climb two spots in the final standings at the 2011 Akron Invitational. After finishing 11th of 14 teams at the end of Friday and Saturday, the Dukes placed ninth overall, slightly behind Atlantic 10 foe Xavier and ahead of St. Bonaventure.

After returning from the U.S. Nationals in Atlanta, Miriam McGeath accomplished an NCAA "B" cut time and broke her own school record in the 200-yard breaststroke with a second place time of 2:15.05. She also captured a sixth-place finish in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:04.55.

Freshman Line Lovberg set a school record in the 200 butterfly with a second place showing in 2:00.98, just missing an NCAA "B" cut time.

Meghan Smith also excelled Sunday after her return from Atlanta with a fifth place finish in the 200 butterfly in 2:01.92 and a 10th place showing in the 200 backstroke in 2:02.91. Though her preliminary time didn't qualify her for the final race, she finished with the fourth best time in the finals.

Three additional Dukes also had solid performances on Sunday as Morgan Claycomb placed eighth in the 200 back in 2:05.99, Erin Cawley finished 11th in the 100 freestyle in 52.59 and Caitlin Zajko took 22nd in the 200 breaststroke in 2:26.96.

The 400 free relay team of Kristi Magee, Cawley, Lovberg and Smith also scored team points by capturing 10th place of 28 teams with a time of 3:33.32.



The Dukes will now concentrate on final exams before heading to Pompano Beach, Fla. on Dec. 27 for their 10-day training trip.

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