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Kelly Pontecorvo
Kelly Pontecorvo
Courtesy: Marc Hagemeier
Pontecorvo Wins 500 Free Title, Bison in Fourth After Day One of ECAC Championships
Release:   02/28/2014

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Senior All-Patriot League selection Kelly Pontecorvo became the first member of the Bucknell women’s swimming and diving team to capture an ECAC title since 2010 when she won the 500 free on the first day of the ECAC Championships Friday evening at Navy’s Lejeune Hall. Pontecorvo was one of six Bison to score in individual events as Bucknell sits fourth in the team standings with two more days of competition to come.

Pontecorvo, who finished second in the prelims, won the 500 free in a time of 4:51.55, .26 ahead of the runner-up. It was her first career ECAC crown as she became the first Bison to win an ECAC title since Courtney Warren won the 100 back in 2009 and 2010. A Second Team All-Patriot League selection earlier this week, Pontecorvo finished eighth in the 500 free at the 2013 ECAC Championships. She trimmed nearly four seconds off her prelims time en route to her victory on Friday.  

Paige Daniel was Bucknell’s other scorer in the 500 free, finishing 12th.

The Bison had two swimmers score in each of the other individual events Friday. Lauren Perry’s fourth-place finish led the way in the 50 free with Emily Wright placing 11th. Caroline Orem was eighth in the 200 IM with Jennifer Brennan placing 13th.

Perry and Wright were significantly better in the finals than the prelims as both moved up three spots in the evening session. Brennan moved up two positions in the 200 IM.

Perry also had a hand in two relays during the finals, including swimming the anchor leg of the 400 medley relay that placed second with the No. 6 time (3:49.32) in program history. She was also part of the 200 free relay that finished fifth.

A total of 11 Bison competed in individual events Friday, while five others swam only as part of relays.

The ECAC Championships will continue Saturday. Prelims will commence at 10 a.m., while the finals are scheduled for 6 p.m.

Team Scores
1. Pittsburgh - 205
2. Navy – 161.5
3. Marist – 153
4. Bucknell – 123
5. New Hampshire – 90
6. Columbia – 80
7. St. Francis – 63
8. LIU Post – 50
9. Villanova – 36
10. Saint Peter’s – 31
10. Colby-Sawyer – 31
12. Cabrini – 22
13. Maine – 12
14. Vermont – 1.5
15. Binghamton - 1

New Top-10 Marks
400 medley relay (6. Brennan, Gautieri, Hanson, L. Perry – 3:49.32)

Bucknell Results
Leanne Archer
500 free prelims – 19th, 5:09.26

Rachel Brekovsky
200 IM prelims – 18th, 2:12.59

Jennifer Brennan
200 IM prelims – 15th, 2:11.69
200 IM finals – 13th, 2:09.44

Paige Daniel
500 free prelims – 12th, 5:04.19
500 free finals – 12th, 5:05.21

Kaila Greene
500 free prelims – 28th, 5:16.49

Diana Hanson
500 free prelims – 23rd, 5:11.00

Carolina Orem
200 IM prelims – 8th, 2:08.30
200 IM finals – 8th, 2:08.55

Lauren Perry
50 free prelims – 7th, 24.01
50 free finals – 4th, 23.83

Kelly Pontecorvo
500 free prelims – 2nd, 4:55.45
500 free finals – 1st, 4:51.55

Emily Wright
50 free prelims – t-14th, 24.60
50 free finals – 11th, 24.29

Laureana Zrada
500 free prelims – 17th, 5:08.40

200 free relay
Prelims: Rollando, R. Perry, Shroyer, Wright – 5th, 1:38.17
Finals: L. Perry, Shroyer, Zrada, Wright - 5th, 1:37.24

400 medley relay
Prelims: Orem, Gwynn, Hanson, L. Perry – 4th, 3:54.72
Finals: Brennan, Gautieri, Hanson, L. Perry - 2nd, 3:49.32
Prelims: Shroyer, Rollando, Brennan, Greene - --, 4:02.78

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