GENEVA, OHIO – The Duquesne Dukes captured their first-ever Atlantic 10 Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship Saturday night, finishing the last day of competition with 567 points at the SPIRE Institute.
Summer Svitavsky got the night started off right for the Dukes, as she took home third place in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Her official time of 16:54.82 was only three seconds behind second place. The Women’s Most Outstanding Rookie, Emma Brinton, added 15 more points to Duquesne’s point total with her fourth-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke. Her time of 1:58.97 was only .58 behind the third-place finisher. Abby Stauffer’s time of 2:14.42 was good enough for a second place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke. The deciding event of the night was the 400-yard freestyle relay. Duquesne edged out Richmond 3:23.54 to 3:24.05 for the deciding points in the championship standings.
Richmond, winners of the last seven women’s swimming and diving championships, finished second this year with 558 points. Hannah Gouger dominated the 200-yard backstroke finishing in 1:56.27, which was just shy of two seconds ahead of the next closest finisher. Erin Barry did her part to help the Spiders by completing the 200-yard breaststroke in an event best 2:14.41.
George Washington’s Abbey Fusco and Emily Zhang did their part by coming in second and third in the 100-yard freestyle, completing the race in 49.62 and 49.67 seconds, respectively. The Colonials finished with 447.5 points to finished third in the championship standings.
Massachusetts’ Emma Roush was honored as the Women’s Most Outstanding Diver for the second consecutive year for sweeping the 1-meter and 3-meter diving competitions. Her diving coach, Josh Arndt, was named Women’s Diving Coach of the Year.
St. Bonaventure’s Lina Kutsko was honored as the Women’s Most Outstanding Performer. She took home the 100-yard freestyle gold medal with a time of 49.62. Duquesne’s Dave Sheets was named Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year.