WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Bucknell women’s swimming and diving team competed in its first scored meet of the 2013-14 season Saturday at George Washington and used a late push to defeat the Colonials 140-122. The Bison (1-0) outscored George Washington by 18 points over the final two events to come away with the win.
The score was tied at 113 entering the final individual event of the meet, the 200 IM. Kristen Purdy, Ashley Henderson and Amber McDonnell proceeded to sweep the top three spots in the race for the Bison, who then led 129-116.
Holding a 13-point lead with just the 400 free relay to go, Bucknell needed to avoid a 1-2 finish by George Washington to win. The Bison relay squad of Emma Levendoski, Kaitlyn Utkewicz, Emily Wright and Rachel McGoff won the race, giving Bucknell the final 18-point victory.
Bucknell claimed first in seven of the 14 races during the meet with McGoff (100 free, 200 free) and Levendoski (100 back, 200 back) posting two victories apiece. Henderson (100 breast) and Purdy (200 IM) rounded out the list of individual winners.
McGoff was the Bison’s top finisher in the 50 free, touching the wall second, while Pontecorvo was second in both the 500 free and 1,000 free.
Bucknell will return to Kinney Natatorium next Saturday, Oct. 26, when it hosts Pittsburgh.