March 10, 2018
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Duquesne swimming and diving team closed out its historic 2017-18 campaign on Saturday with the third and final day of the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) National Invitational at the U.S. Naval Academy.
After winning their first Atlantic 10 title in February, seven members of the team competed in the three-day event against many of the top teams from across the country at Lejeune Hall. Duquesne placed 12th out of 31 teams at the meet with 112 points.
Florida International won the invitational followed by Rice second and Denver third.
On Saturday, the Dukes' 400-yard freestyle relay team of sophomores Carson Gross (York, Pa./York Suburban) and Heather Svitavsky (Willoughby, Ohio/Hawken) along with junior Emily Thirion (Warren, Ohio/Warren) and senior Lexi Santer (Wilmington, Del./Charter School of Wilmington) posted a ninth-place finish with a time of 3:23.47 in the final event of the night.
Santer also placed 12th in the 200-yard backstroke with a mark of 2:00.31 followed by freshman Emma Brinton (Landenberg, Pa./Avon Grove) in 13th at 2:01.35.
Junior Abigail Stauffer (Chambersburg, Pa./Chambersburg) earned an 11th-place time of 57.11 in the 100-yard IM for Duquesne.
The CSCAA National Invite field consisted of swimmers who met NCAA Championship time standards but did not receive an invitational to the national meet. Additionally, both individual event and relay swimmers could automatically qualify for the meet by virtue of winning the event at their conference championship or by attaining other time standards established for the meet.
DU RESULTS (SATURDAY)
100-yard individual medley
11. Abigail Stauffer (57.11)
12. Lexi Santer (2:00.31)
13. Emma Brinton (2:01.35)
400-yard freestyle relay
9. Carson Gross, Emily Thirion, Heather Svitavsky, Lexi Santer (3:23.47)