Siena Swimming will head out to Buffalo, New York to the Burt Flickinger Pool at Erie Community College for the 2018 MAAC Championships beginning Wednesday, February 14 at 6 p.m.
The Saints will compete against nine other women’s teams over the four-day meet. The swimming portion of the meet opens on Wednesday at 6 p.m. where the Saints will compete in two relays to open the Championship. The Saints are seeded sixth in the 200 yard medley relay and fifth in the 800 yard freestyle relay.
After the first day, there will be two sessions each day beginning at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. with the preliminary rounds starting in the morning and the finals taking part in the evening session. The meet will be live streamed through MAAC.TV, which can be accessed from the Championship Central link above. Live results and a digital program are also available on the page.
During the regular season the Saints have defeated fellow league schools Monmouth (175-86), Manhattan (205-56), Saint Peter’s (144-56), while falling to Rider (160-134) and Niagara (195-99). Fairfield, Siena, Manhattan and Monmouth all competed in the ECAC Championships this winter with the Saints beating out both Manhattan and Monmouth, but placing 11th while Fairfield took second.
According to collegeswimming.com, the Saints enter the Tournament ranked sixth in the league with 590.20 points. Junior Emma Rupert is seeded in the top-11 in all four of her individual events with her best seeding coming in the 200 IM where she is eighth with a seed time of 2:12.44. Senior Fiona Dretzka enters in the top-26 of her three individual events with a 10th seed in the 100 yard backstroke with a seeded time of 59.75.
Freshman Kylie George secured a third seed in the 200 yard breaststroke with a 2:24.80 time. Junior Elizabeth Fournier is seeded seventh in both the 100 and 200 yard butterfly, while Julianna Sebastian is seeded fourth in the 200 yard butterfly. Erica Askew earned a fifth seed and seventh seed in the 100 and 200 yard breaststroke, respectively.