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Kristen Purdy
Kristen Purdy
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Bison Women Take 12 Events in Season-Opener vs. UMBC
Release:   10/05/2013

LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Sophomore Emma Levendoski and freshman Rachel McGoff won three races each and the Bucknell women's swimming and diving team captured 12 events in its non-scored season-opener against UMBC on Saturday at Kinney Natatorium. 

Levendoski won three backstroke events, and McGoff took three sprint freestyle events in her collegiate debut. Distance freestyler Kelly Pontecorvo was also a double-winner, and Amber McDonnell, Kristen Purdy, Laureana Zrada and Tori Molchany also produced first-place finishes. 

Levendoski's first win of the day came in the 200-yard backstroke in a time of 2:04.85, which was five seconds ahead of runner up Jackie Shroyer of Bucknell. Levendoski was the only swimmer under one minute in the 100 back (57.67), and she finished off the day with a close win in the 50 back in 27.53.

McGoff's first career victory came in the 200 free in a time of 1:56.93. She edged out teammate Emily Wright by just two-tenths of a second in the 100 free, and her time of 24.87 in the 50 free was .08 faster than UMBC's Kristie Langford.

The first individual event of the day resulted in an 18-second win for Pontecorvo in the 1,000 free. She also dominated the 500 free, winning in 5:09.64, which was more than six seconds ahead of runner-up Langford.

The freshman McDonnell scored her first career win in the 200 butterfly (2:07.84). Purdy was the runner-up in that event, and she later won the 100 fly in 59.17. 

Zrada made it five wins for the first-year class when she captured a second heat of the 200 free in 1:59.70.

Molchany gave Bucknell a win on the diving boards, capturing the 1-meter event with a total of 232.95. Tara Boyle was runner-up on both boards. 

"We look at this meet as just a starting point," said Bucknell head coach Dan Schinnerer. "Our season is long and we have a lot of competitions to go before our most important meets in February. There is always some good and some bad in a first meet, but now we have a frame of reference and we look to make improvements by our next meet with George Washington."

The Bison will resume training for two more weeks before resuming the dual-meet schedule on Oct. 19 at George Washington. 

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