2018 Patriot League Championships
When: Wednesday, Feb. 14 to Saturday, Feb. 17
Where: Lejeune Hall – Annapolis, Md.
Event Website: PatriotLeague.org
Online Video: Patriot League Network
Live Results: NavySports.com
Follow on Twitter: @Bucknell_SWIMDV

Bucknell’s All-Time Patriot League Championships Results: 1991 (2nd), 1992 (2nd), 1993 (2nd), 1994 (3rd), 1995 (2nd), 1996 (4th), 1997 (5th), 1998 (3rd), 1999 (4th), 2000 (4th), 2001 (2nd), 2002 (2nd), 2003 (1st), 2004 (1st), 2005 (1st), 2006 (1st), 2007 (2nd), 2008 (3rd), 2009 (3rd), 2010 (2nd), 2011 (3rd), 2012 (3rd), 2013 (2nd), 2014 (2nd), 2015 (2nd), 2016 (4th), 2017 (5th)
- Number of each finish: 1st (4), 2nd (11), 3rd (6), 4th (4), 5th (2)

Returning All-Patriot League Honorees:
-       Julianna Foss – 2017 (1st Team), 2016 (1st Team), 2015 (1st Team)
-       Emma Hadley – 2017 (1st Team)
-       Abigail Rosenberg – 2017 (1st Team)
-       Julie Byrne – 2017 (2nd Team)

Returning Patriot League Championships Scorers:
- Leah Bloodgood
2015: 11th in 100 breaststroke, 12th in 200 breaststroke
2016: 6th in 200 breaststroke, 8th in 100 breaststroke
2017: 6th in 200 breaststroke, 9th in 100 breaststroke
- Steph Boyd
2016: 11th in 100 backstroke, 11th in 200 backstroke
2017: 9th in 200 backstroke, 14th in 100 backstroke
- Caroline Edelman
2017: 12th in 100 butterfly
- Julie Byrne
2016: 5th in 200 backstroke, 9th in 100 backstroke
2017: 6th in 200 backstroke, 7th in 200 IM, 10th in 100 backstroke
- Tally Ford
2015: 6th in 1-meter dive, 9th in 3-meter dive
2016: 8th in 1-meter dive, 12th in 3-meter dive
- Julianna Foss
2015: 3rd in 100 butterfly, 3rd in 200 butterfly, 9th in 200 backstroke
2016: 2nd in 200 butterfly, 7th in 200 IM, 7th in 100 butterfly
2017: 2nd in 100 butterfly, 3rd in 200 IM, 4th in 200 butterfly
- Emma Hadley
2017: 2nd in 100 backstroke, 4th in 200 backstroke, 10th in 100 butterfly
- Maddi Marcheskie
2015: 6th in 100 backstroke, 13th in 100 freestyle
- Abby Merriman
2017: 5th in 1650 freestyle, 11th in 500 freestyle
- Libby O'Hare
2017: 7th in 100 breaststroke, 16th in 200 breaststroke
- Abigail Rosenberg
2016: 8th in 100 freestyle, 10th in 200 freestyle
2017: 3rd in 100 freestyle, 5th in 200 freestyle, 10th in 50 freestyle
- Lindsay Smalec
2016: 9th in 100 butterfly, 14th in 200 butterfly
2017: 8th in 100 butterfly, 10th in 200 butterfly, 13th in 200 IM
- Mary Weinstein
2016: 15th in 200 breaststroke
2017: 7th in 200 breaststroke, 10th in 100 breaststroke

Individual Event School Record Holders on Roster:
-       Julianna Foss – 100 butterfly (54.69), 200 butterfly (2:00.26),
-       Abigail Rosenberg – 100 freestyle (50.42), 200 freestyle (1:48.88)
-       Maggie Wyngowski – 400 IM (4:19.84)

Patriot League Championships Preview

The 2018 Patriot League Championships are certain to come down to the wire. And the Bucknell women’s swimming & diving team is poised to be in the mix for some team hardware.   

“It’s going to be a really exciting meet,” said head coach Dan Schinnerer. “While Navy is the favorite, it’s going to be a very tight race to decide who comes in second through fifth. It’s going to be similar to last year, when just 35.5 points separated second and fifth. It could even be closer this year.”

The Bison looked strong during the dual season, posting a 6-3 (4-2 Patriot League) record, their best since 2014-15. Most notably, they handed Lehigh its first league loss in January and defeated Boston University for the first time in program history in October.

“Based on our performance so far, we definitely feel like we can step up and take that second spot at the Patriot League Championships,” Schinnerer said. “But you don’t have a lot of margin for error so it’s going to be about which team shows up each day. With a championship meet that lasts three and a half days, it’s not about having one great day. It’s about putting together a full meet.”

And the Bison have the pieces they need to put together a full meet. They return all four of their 2017 All-Patriot League selections in Julianna Foss, Emma Hadley, Abigail Rosenberg and Julie Byrne, who accounted for 156 of Bucknell's 502 points a year ago.

Foss, in particular, has made her mark at the Patriot League Championships. Over the course of her career, she’s scored 130 points for the Bison and earned medals in the 100 butterfly (2nd 2017, 3rd 2015), 200 butterfly (2nd 2016, 3rd 2015) and 200 IM (3rd 2017). Already the school record holder in the 100 butterfly (54.69) and 200 butterfly (2:00.26), she enters her final Patriot League Championship meet set on besting those times and capturing her first gold medal.

“Julianna has been a major point scorer for us since her freshman year,” Schinnerer said. “She has specific goals she still want to accomplish in her events in terms of times and things so we’re excited for her. We believe she’s going to make her last Patriot League Championships her best.”

Maggie Wyngowski appears poised to follow in Foss’s footsteps and make an impact as a freshman. A two-time Bison Athlete of the Week, she broke the school record in the 400 IM (4:19.84) at December’s U.S. Winter Nationals and also cracked Bucknell’s top 10 in the 200 breaststroke (3rd, 2:17.74), 200 IM (8th, 2:04.30) and 100 breaststroke (10th, 1:05.18) over the course of the season.

“Maggie has done a great job all season long with training and racing,” Schinnerer said. “Already having a school record to her name is a testament to her ability. She will face stiff competition in all of her events, particularly the 200 breaststroke and 200 IM where Navy has former NCAA qualifier Lauren Barber. For Maggie, it’s going to be about embracing the experience, having fun and seeing what her starting point is. It’ll be exciting to see where she starts and where she can go during her time here.”

For the Bison to finish in the top three for the first time since 2015, they’ll need their returning All-Patriot League honorees and freshman phenom to step up. Beyond that group, Schinnerer highlighted Leah Bloodgood, Caroline Edelman and Lindsay Smalec as swimmers whose performance could mean the difference between finishing second or taking fifth.  

“Caroline and Leah have gotten better and better during their time at Bucknell,” Schinnerer said. “It’s been fun to watch them improve, and I’m excited to see what they can do as seniors. Lindsay has had an outstanding season so far, cracking our top 10 in the 100 butterfly and 200 butterfly, and we expect her to make a big impact at the Patriot League Championships.”