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Tara Boyle
Tara Boyle
Courtesy: Marc Hagemeier
Levendoski, Boyle Earn Titles, Bison Women in Second at PL Championships
Release:   02/21/2014

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Bucknell sophomore Emma Levendoski won the 100 backstroke title at the Patriot League Championships for the second consecutive year and junior Tara Boyle claimed her third straight one-meter diving crown to propel the Bison women’s swimming and diving team into second place in the team standings Friday at Navy’s Lejeune Hall. Bucknell, which was in third place after Thursday’s day two of competition, jumped over Boston U. and is 94 points behind first-place Navy.

It was a strong day overall for the Bison, who had at least one top-three finisher in six of the seven events contested and 11 different student-athletes combined to post 12 program top-10 marks, including school records by both Levendoski and Boyle.

“Today was moving day with five individual events,” mentioned Bucknell head coach Dan Schinnerer. “You get a full array of events and this is the time to make a move in the standings. We did a good job this morning and a number of people stepped up tonight and it was nice to end the day in second place.”

Levendoski swept the 100 and 200 back races at last year’s Patriot League Championships and she followed that with a record-setting performance on Friday. After winning the prelims in 54.42, Levendoski claimed first in the finals with a time of 54.15, breaking her own school record. Additionally, that mark broke the Patriot League and meet standards as well.

Levendoski was also part of another school record as she swam the leadoff leg of the 400 medley relay that finished third and touched the wall in a school-record time of 3:45.33. Ashley Henderson, Kristen Purdy and Lauren Perry teamed with Levendoski on the record-setting performance.

Boyle earned her third straight one-meter Patriot League crown with a school record as well. Like Levendoski she won the prelims earlier in the day and followed it with an even better performance in the evening. Boyle scored a 276.90 in the final, bettering teammate Katie Hetherington’s school standard by more than 12 points. It was more than 20 points better than Boyle’s previous best.

It was a one-two Bison finish off the diving board as Boyle’s classmate Tori Molchany placed second with the second-best score (267.10) in school annals. Molchany’s previous best showing at the Patriot League Championships was sixth off the one-meter board each of the last two years.

Boyle, who became the first Bucknell women’s diver to win a Patriot League title two years ago, is the first Bison to win a Patriot League title in three straight years since Lectie Altman did it four straight years from 2003 to 2006.

“Both Emma and Tara were tremendous tonight,” praised Schinnerer. “As defending champs, they had the target on their backs and showed what kind of clutch performers they are by performing so well in these pressure situations. It was also nice to see Tori perform so well and finish second right behind Tara.”

Levendoski was not the only Bucknell swimmer to score in the 100 back as freshman Rachel Perry finished fourth and Jennifer Brennan was 13th. Perry’s prelim time of 55.38 ranks third on the program’s all-time list.

One day after having four scorers in the 200 IM, six Bison scored in the 400 IM on Friday, led by Amber McDonnell’s third-place showing. Her time of 4:21.51 ranks second in program history. Stephanie Koziol (6th) was also in the championship final, while Diana Hanson (10th), Alanna Nawrocki (11th), Melissa Besman (14th) and Meg Lattimer (15th) also contributed points.

Like McDonnell in the 400 IM, Bucknell’s top finishers in the 200 free and 100 breast also posted third-place finishes. Defending champion Lauren Perry was third in the 200 free, while Henderson was third in the 100 breast with the No. 3 time in school history.

Freshman Rachel McGoff posted the No. 2 time in program annals en route to a 10th-place finish in the 200 free, while Lyndsey Marcheskie was 11th with the No. 3 time in school history.

Hanson followed her top-10 showing in the 400 IM with a fifth-place finish in the 100 breast, while Gina Gautieri (15th) also scored for the first time in her Patriot League career.

Bucknell’s top finisher in the 100 fly was Purdy, who placed 11th, marking the second straight year she has scored in that event.

The Patriot League Championships will wrap up Saturday with prelims at 10:30 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. The Bison, who placed second last year, will be aiming for their second consecutive top-two showing for the first time since 2007 and 2008.

Team Scores
1. Navy - 525
2. Bucknell – 431
3. Boston U. – 385.5
4. Army – 365
5. Colgate – 227.5
6. Lehigh – 212
7. Loyola – 176
8. American – 126
9. Lafayette – 89
10. Holy Cross - 60

New Top-10 Marks
400 IM (2. Amber McDonnell – 4:21.51; 7. Diana Hanson – 4:26.98)
200 free (2. Rachel McGoff – 1:50.82; 3. Lyndsey Marcheskie – 1:51.07)
100 breast (3. Ashley Henderson – 1:04.21; 6. Diana Hanson – 1:05.08; 9. Gina Gautieri – 1:06.16)
100 back (1. Emma Levendoski – 54.15; 3. Rachel Perry – 55.38)
1-M diving (1. Tara Boyle – 276.90; 2. Tori Molchany – 267.10)
400 medley relay (1. Levendoski, Henderson, Purdy, L. Perry – 3:45.33)

Bucknell Results
Melissa Besman
400 IM prelims – 14th, 4:30.69
400 IM finals – 14th, 4:30.48

Tara Boyle
1-M diving prelims – 1st, 252.50
1-M diving finals – 1st, 276.90

Jennifer Brennan
100 back prelims – 12th, 57.24
100 back finals – 13th, 57.53

Gina Gautieri
100 breast prelims – 12th, 1:06.16
100 breast finals – 15th, 1:06.43

Diana Hanson
400 IM prelims – 12th, 4:29.89
400 IM finals – 10th, 4:26.98
100 breast prelims – 5th, 1:05.08
100 breast finals – 5th, 1:05.38

Ashley Henderson
100 breast prelims – 3rd, 1:04.25
100 breast finals – 3rd, 1:04.21

Katie Hetherington
1-M diving prelims – 11th, 217.25

Stephanie Koziol
400 IM prelims – 4th, 4:23.49
400 IM finals – 6th, 4:24.74

Meg Lattimer
400 IM prelims – 16th, 4:32.22
400 IM finals – 15th, 4:32.19
100 breast prelims – 29th, 1:08.13

Emma Levendoski
100 back prelims – 1st, 54.42
100 back finals – 1st, 54.15

Lyndsey Marcheskie
100 fly prelims – 23rd, 58.17
200 free prelims – 16th, 1:52.52
200 free finals – 11th, 1:51.07

Amber McDonnell
400 IM prelims – 2nd, 4:22.70
400 IM finals – 3rd, 4:21.51

Rachel McGoff
200 free prelims – 10th, 1:51.43
200 free finals – 10th, 1:50.82

Tori Molchany
1-M diving prelims – 3rd, 244.40
1-M diving finals – 2nd, 267.10

Alanna Nawrocki
400 IM prelims – 10th, 4:28.96
400 IM finals – 11th, 4:28.00

Lauren Perry
200 free prelims – 5th, 1:50.72
200 free finals – 3rd, 1:50.36

Rachel Perry
100 back prelims – 2nd, 55.38
100 back finals – 4th, 55.65

Kelly Pontecorvo
200 free prelims – 22nd, 1:53.39

Kristen Purdy
100 fly prelims – 10th, 57.07
100 fly finals – 11th, 56.83

Kaitlyn Utkewicz
100 fly prelims – 21st, 58.04

400 medley relay
Levendoski, Henderson, Purdy, L. Perry – 3:45.33

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