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Emma Levendoski
Emma Levendoski
Courtesy: TBD
Levendoski Breaks Backstroke Record for Second Straight Day, Bison Still in First
Release:   11/24/2013

LEWISBURG, Pa. – One day after breaking the Bucknell and Patriot League record in the 100-yard backstroke as the leadoff leg of the 400 medley relay, Bison sophomore Emma Levendoski lowered the record even more on Saturday’s day two of the Bucknell Invitational. Levendoski was one of three individual winners on the day for the Bison, who remained in first place by more than 500 points over second-place Fordham.

Levendoski swam the 100 back in 54.35 on Friday to break Courtney Warren’s four-year-old Bucknell and Patriot League standard. On Saturday, she won the prelims in the 100 back in a time of 54.27. She went on to finish first in the finals as she was one of seven Bison to score in the event.

In addition to winning the 100 back, Levendoski swam the first leg of the winning 200 medley relay that posted the No. 7 time (1:44.96) in school history.

Overall on Saturday, Bucknell swimmers set six new program top-10 times in individual events and two more in relays as the winning 800 free relay’s time of 7:33.44 is third in the record books.

Levendoski was one of three Bucknell swimmers to make the “A” final of the 100 back. Touching the wall just two spots behind her was freshman Rachel Perry, whose 57.23 in the prelims is sixth in school annals. Jennifer Brennan (7th) rounded out the list of Bison in the 100 back “A” final.

Stephanie Koziol (400 IM) and Rachel McGoff (200 free) were Bucknell’s other individual winners on Saturday. McGoff’s time (1:50.95) in the 200 free ranks second in program history.

The Bison depth shined through in the 400 IM as Bucknell took four of the top five spots and had eight of the top 14 finishers overall. Koziol led the way, but freshman Amber McDonnell was not far behind in second place with the third-fastest time in program history. Fellow rookies Diana Hanson (4th) and Caroline Orem (14th) also scored in the event.

Kristen Purdy was the squad’s top finisher (4th) in the 100 fly with the No. 5 time in school history, while Ashley Henderson’s fifth-place showing topped all Bison in the 100 breast. Katie Hetherington’s sixth-place showing off the three-meter diving board was best on the team.

The three-day Bucknell Invitational will wrap up Sunday. Prelims begin at 10 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m. in Kinney Natatorium.

Team Scores
1. Bucknell – 1,285
2. Fordham – 748.5
3. Delaware – 686
4. Georgetown – 606
5. La Salle – 477.5
6. Binghamton – 359
7. Central Connecticut – 290
8. Yale – 231
9. Susquehanna – 113
10. Penn State - 64 

New Top-10 Times
400 IM (3. Amber McDonnell – 4:23.44)
100 fly (5. Kristen Purdy – 56.62)
200 free (2. Rachel McGoff – 1:50.95)
100 breast (8. Diana Hanson – 1:06.18)
100 back (1. Emma Levendoski – 54.27; 6. Rachel Perry – 57.23)
200 medley relay (7. Levendoski, Henderson, Purdy, McGoff – 1:44.96)
800 free relay (3. Koziol, L. Perry, Marcheskie, McGoff – 7:33.44)

Bucknell Results
Leanne Archer
200 free prelims – 34th, 1:58.84

Melissa Besman
400 IM prelims – 9th, 4:32.63
400 IM finals – 10th, 4:30.12

Tara Boyle
3-M diving prelims – 10th, 224.35

Rachel Brekovsky
100 back prelims – 21st, 1:00.20
100 back finals – 23rd, 1:01.83

Jennifer Brennan
100 fly prelims – 27th, 1:00.05
100 back prelims – 7th, 58.57
100 back finals – 7th, 58.80

Lara Curtis
3-M diving prelims – 18th, 178.90

Paige Daniel
200 free prelims – 20th, 1:57.32
200 free finals – 24th, 1:59.87

Gina Gautieri
100 breast prelims – 13th, 1:07.61
100 breast finals – 11th, 1:06.39

Kaila Greene
200 free prelims – 26th, 1:58.07
100 back prelims – 28th, 1:01.78

Emily Gwynn
100 breast prelims – 16th, 1:08.20
100 breast finals – 15th, 1:08.45

Diana Hanson
400 IM prelims – 8th, 4:32.55
400 IM finals – 4th, 4:31.82
100 breast prelims – 8th, 1:06.63
100 breast finals – 6th, 1:06.18

Ashley Henderson
100 breast prelims – 4th, 1:05.26
100 breast finals – 5th, 1:05.76

Katie Hetherington
3-M diving prelims – 3rd, 245.05
3-M diving finals – 6th, 236.25

Stephanie Koziol
400 IM prelims – 1st, 4:25.72
400 IM finals – 1st, 4:23.03

Meg Lattimer
400 IM prelims – 13th, 4:36.70
400 IM finals – 13th, 4:36.51
100 breast prelims – 11th, 1:07.31
100 breast finals – 16th, 1:08.54

Emma Levendoski
100 back prelims – 1st, 54.27
100 back finals – 1st, 54.55

Lyndsey Marcheskie
100 fly prelims – 20th, 59.27
100 fly finals – 21st, 59.17
200 free prelims – 6th, 1:54.17
200 free finals – 6th, 1:53.28

Amber McDonnell
400 IM prelims – 2nd, 4:26.85
400 IM finals – 2nd, 4:23.44
100 fly prelims – 12th, 58.25
100 fly finals – 11th, 57.83

Rachel McGoff
200 free prelims – 1st, 1:51.73
200 free finals – 1st, 1:50.95

Tori Molchany
3-M diving prelims – 5th, 235.85
3-M diving finals – 8th, 209.65

Alanna Nawrocki
400 IM prelims – 3rd, 4:31.28
400 IM finals – 5th, 4:31.91
100 back prelims – 15th, 59.79
100 back finals – 16th, 1:00.87

Caroline Orem
400 IM prelims – 14th, 4:38.18
400 IM finals – 14th, 4:37.20
100 back prelims – 16th, 59.89
100 back finals – 15th, 1:00.79

Lauren Perry
200 free prelims – 4th, 1:53.80
200 free finals – 3rd, 1:52.45

Rachel Perry
100 fly prelims – 31st, 1:00.51
100 back prelims – 2nd, 57.23
100 back finals – 3rd, 57.52

Kelly Pontecorvo
200 free prelims – 12th, 1:56.00
200 free finals – 11th, 1:54.42

Kristen Purdy
400 IM prelims – 11th, 4:33.67
400 IM finals – 9th, 4:29.71
100 fly prelims – 2nd, 57.01
100 fly finals – 4th, 56.62

Alyssa Rollando
100 breast prelims – 26th, 1:10.38

Mariele Saunders-Schulltz
3-M diving prelims – 24th, 142.70

Jackie Shroyer
200 free prelims – 17th, 1:56.77
200 free finals – 17th, 1:55.31
100 back prelims – 20th, 1:00.11
100 back finals – 17th, 59.44

Kaitlyn Utkewicz
100 fly prelims – 18th, 58.83
100 fly finals – 17th, 58.30

Emily Wright
200 free prelims- 27th, 1:58.14

Laureana Zrada
200 free prelims – 9th, 1:55.32
200 free finals – t-9th, 1:54.09

200 medley relay
Levendoski, Henderson, Purdy, McGoff – 1st, 1:44.96
R. Perry, Gautieri, Utkewicz, Wright – 8th, 1:48.74
Brekovsky, Gwynn, Brennan, Rollando – 17th, 1:54.21

800 free relay
Koziol, L. Perry, Marcheskie, McGoff – 1st, 7:33.44
Greene, Zrada, Daniel, Pontecorvo – 11th, 7:53.68
Utkewicz, R. Perry, Besman, Archer – 12th, 7:56.13

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