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Amber McDonnell
Amber McDonnell
Courtesy: Marc Hagemeier
Four Bison Score in 200 IM at PL Championships, Bucknell Women in Third in Team Standings
Release:   02/20/2014

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Swimming in her first career race at the Patriot League Championships, Bucknell women’s swimming & diving freshman Amber McDonnell led four Bison scorers in the 200 IM with a school record-setting time to earn the silver medal in the event Thursday evening during the second day of the four-day event. Bucknell is in third place in the team standings, just eight points behind second-place Boston U. Host Navy is in first with 260 points.

All four of the Bison to score in the 200 IM recorded program top-10 times. Three of the top six finishers in the race were Bucknell freshmen as McDonnell was second with fellow rookies Diana Hanson and Rachel McGoff in third and sixth, respectively. Senior Kristen Purdy was 12th.

McDonnell (2:02.14), who already owns the school record in the 200 fly, eclipsed Lauren Russell’s four-year-old 200 IM school record by more than a second. Hanson (2:03.09) was also .18 seconds faster than Russell as she now ranks second in program history. McGoff’s time of 2:03.99 is sixth in program annals, while Purdy’s 2:05.84 is eighth. The veteran knocked 1.41 seconds off her prelims time.

“All the 200 IMers did a phenomenal job,” noted eighth-year Bucknell head coach Dan Schinnerer. “They all stepped up and it was great to see Amber hit the school record.”

Senior Kelly Pontecorvo advanced to the finals of the 500 free for the fourth straight year and posted her third straight top-five finish with a third-place showing. She touched the wall just .12 off her own school record. Pontecorvo was one of three Bison scorers in the 500 free as Lauren Perry finished seventh and Stephanie Koziol was 12th. Perry bettered her own No. 2 time in program history by .03 during the prelims, finishing in 4:53.18.

Kaitlyn Utkewicz (15th) and Emma Levendoski (16th) scored in the 50 free for the Bison. It is the fourth consecutive year Utkewicz has scored in the 50 free at Patriots.

Perry, McGoff, Levendoski and Utkewicz were also part of the 200 free relay that finished fifth and posted the No. 5 time in school history (1:34.82).

“We had a really strong morning and continued that into tonight where we were good across the board,” mentioned Schinnerer. “We hope to carry that momentum into tomorrow.”

The third day of the Patriot League Championships at Navy’s Lejeune Hall is Friday. Prelims are slated for 10:30 a.m., while the finals session is at 6 p.m.

Team Scores
1. Navy - 260
2. Boston U. – 211
3. Bucknell – 203
4. Army – 192
5. Colgate – 137
6. Lehigh – 116
7. Loyola – 99
8. American – 69
9. Lafayette – 66
10. Holy Cross - 46

New Top-10 Marks
500 free (2. Lauren Perry – 4:53.18)
200 IM (1. Amber McDonnell – 2:02.14; 3. Diana Hanson – 2:03.09; 6. Rachel McGoff – 2:03.99; 8. Kristen Purdy – 2:05.84)
200 free relay (5. L. Perry, McGoff, Levendoski, Utkewicz – 1:34.82)

Bucknell Results
Melissa Besman
500 free prelims – 22nd, 5:06.88

Gina Gautieri
50 free prelims – 50th, 31.34

Diana Hanson
200 IM prelims – 5th, 2:04.39
200 IM finals – 3rd, 2:03.09

Ashley Henderson
200 IM prelims – 4th, 2:03.64
200 IM finals - DQ

Stephanie Koziol
500 free prelims – 12th, 4:58.21
500 free finals – 12th, 4:56.11

Emma Levendoski
50 free prelims – t-15th, 24.06
50 free finals – 16th, 24.08

Amber McDonnell
200 IM prelims – 3rd, 2:03.59
200 IM finals – 2nd, 2:02.14

Rachel McGoff
200 IM prelims – 6th, 2:04.90
200 IM finals – 6th, 2:03.99

Alanna Nawrocki
200 IM prelims – 17th, 2:07.68

Lauren Perry
500 free prelims – 6th, 4:53.18
500 free finals – 7th, 4:53.87

Kelly Pontecorvo
500 free prelims – 2nd, 4:50.80
500 free finals – 3rd, 4:50.38

Kristen Purdy
200 IM prelims – 15th, 2:07.25
200 IM finals – 12th, 2:05.84

Kaitlyn Utkewicz
50 free prelims – t-13th, 23.92
50 free finals – 15th, 23.96

200 free relay
L. Perry, McGoff, Levendoski, Utkewicz – 5th, 1:34.82

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