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Emma Levendoski
Emma Levendoski
Courtesy: TBD
Levendoski Sets Backstroke Record to Highlight Day One of Bucknell Invitational
Release:   11/22/2013

LEWISBURG, Pa. – On the first leg of the winning 400 medley relay, Bucknell sophomore Emma Levendoski broke both the school and Patriot League records in the 100 backstroke Friday to highlight the first day of the three-day Bucknell Invitational. Thanks to plenty of depth, the Bison are in first place in the team standings by more than 200 points over second-place Delaware.

Levendoski, who earlier in the evening session was part of the third-place 200 free relay and finished eighth in the 50 free, swam the leadoff leg of the 400 medley relay in 54.35 seconds, breaking Courtney Warren’s four-year-old school and Patriot League standard of 54.55. The 400 medley relay went on to win in 3:49.49, the No. 6 time in school history.   

A two-time Patriot League champion, Levendoski entered the day ranked second in Bucknell history in the 100 back with a top time of 54.67.

The Bison used their depth to their advantage as they had 10 scorers in the 200 IM, seven scorers in the 500 free and six scorers in the 50 free.

Kelly Pontecorvo posted the lone individual win of the day for the Bison, claiming first in the 500 free. Right behind her in second place was Stephanie Koziol, while Lauren Perry finished sixth after touching the wall third in the prelims. Laureana Zrada (16th), Paige Daniel (17th), Melissa Besman (18th) and Leanne Archer (23rd) also scored.

Bucknell accumulated 184.5 of its 548.5 points in the 200 IM as Bison took 10 of the top 21 spots in the event, led by a 2-3-4 finish by freshmen Amber McDonnell, Diana Hanson and Rachel McGoff. All three recorded program top-10 times on the day with McDonnell’s 2:04.84 topping the group and ranking fifth in school history. Ashley Henderson (6th) and Kristen Purdy (7th) gave Bucknell five swimmers in the “A” final. Overall, the Bison had eight of the top 13 finishers.

Kaitlyn Utkewicz was Bucknell’s top finisher in the 50 free, claiming seventh in 24.22. Right behind her in eighth was Levendoski. McGoff had the fastest finals time (24.06) of any Bison to win the “B” final and finish ninth overall.

One-meter diving was contested on Friday and Tara Boyle (3rd) and Katie Hetherington (5th) made finals appearances. Boyle’s finals score of 255.20 was a career-best and improved her hold on the No. 5 score in program annals.

The Bucknell Invitational will continue Saturday with prelims at 10 a.m. and finals schedule for 6 p.m.

Team Scores
1. Bucknell – 548.5
2. Delaware – 341
3. Fordham – 279.5
4. Georgetown – 227
5. La Salle – 200
6. Binghamton – 144
7. Yale – 108
8. Central Connecticut – 104
9. Penn State – 64
10. Susquehanna - 52

New Top-10 Times
200 IM (5. Amber McDonnell – 2:04.84; 6. Diana Hanson – 2:05.02; 8. Rachel McGoff – 2:06.17)
400 medley relay (6. Levendoski, Hanson, Purdy, Utkewicz – 3:49.49)
1-M diving (5. Tara Boyle – 255.20)
100 back (1. Emma Levendoski – 54.35 (relay split))

Bucknell Results
Leanne Archer
500 free prelims – 19th, 5:10.66
500 free finals – 23rd, 5:13.68

Melissa Besman
500 free prelims – 17th, 5:08.74
500 free finals – 18th, 5:05.61

Tara Boyle
1-M diving prelims – 2nd, 244.50
1-M diving finals – 3rd, 255.20

Rachel Brekovsky
200 IM prelims – 37th, 2:13.81
50 free prelims – 53rd, 26.19

Jennifer Brennan
200 IM prelims – 19th, 2:11.14
200 IM finals – 21st, 2:11.50

Lara Curtis
1-M diving prelims – 20th, 188.70

Paige Daniel
500 free prelims – 18th, 5:10.30
500 free finals – 17th, 5:04.78

Gina Gautieri
50 free prelims – 65th, 31.55

Kaila Greene
500 free prelims – 31st, 5:17.45

Emily Gwynn
200 IM prelims – 57th, 2:20.84

Diana Hanson
200 IM prelims – 2nd, 2:05.93
200 IM finals – 3rd, 2:05.02

Ashley Henderson
200 IM prelims – 5th, 2:06.34
200 IM finals – 6th, 2:06.63

Katie Hetherington
1-M diving prelims – 4th, 239.35
1-M diving finals – 5th, 239.10

Stephanie Koziol
500 free prelims – 2nd, 4:59.78
500 free finals – 2nd, 4:57.10

Meg Lattimer
200 IM prelims – 10th, 2:09.12
200 IM finals – 12th, 2:09.92

Emma Levendoski
50 free prelims – 7th, 24.13
50 free finals – 8th, 24.23

Lyndsey Marcheskie
200 IM prelims – 18th, 2:11.02
200 IM finals – 18th, 2:09.97

Amber McDonnell
200 IM prelims – 6th, 2:07.43
200 IM finals – 2nd, 2:04.84

Rachel McGoff
200 IM prelims – 4th, 2:06.17
200 IM finals – 4th, 2:06.49
50 free prelims – 10th, 24.21
50 free finals – 9th, 24.06

Tori Molchany
1-M diving prelims – 10th, 228.80

Alanna Nawrocki
200 IM prelims – 11th, 2:09.15
200 IM finals – 10th, 2:08.36

Caroline Orem
200 IM prelims – 12th, 2:09.90
200 IM finals – 2:10.49

Lauren Perry
500 free prelims – 3rd, 5:01.00
500 free finals – 6th, 5:00.24
50 free prelims – 14th, 24.49
50 free finals – 16th, 24.80

Rachel Perry
200 IM prelims – 33rd, 2:13.40

Kelly Pontecorvo
500 free prelims – 1st, 4:56.73
500 free finals – 1st, 4:53.72

Kristen Purdy
200 IM prelims – 7th, 2:08.49
200 IM finals – 7th, 2:07.62

Alyssa Rollando
50 free prelims – 50th, 25.99

Mariele Saunders-Schultz
1-M diving prelims – 29th, 142.60

Jackie Shroyer
50 free prelims – 24th, 24.89
50 free finals – 24th, 25.32

Kaitlyn Utkewicz
50 free prelims – 8th, 24.17
50 free finals – 7th, 24.22

Emily Wright
50 free prelims – 23rd, 24.85
50 free finals – 19th, 24.77

Laureana Zrada
500 free prelims – 9th, 5:05.73
500 free finals – 16th, 5:07.37

200 free relay
Levendoski, Utkewicz, L. Perry, McGoff – 3rd, 1:36.65
Wright, Shroyer, Marcheskie, Brennan – 9th, 1:39.44
R. Perry, Rollando, Brekovsky, Greene – 16th, 1:42.25

400 medley relay
Levendoski, Hanson, Purdy, Utkewicz – 1st, 3:49.49
Henderson, Gautieri, McGoff, Zrada – 6th, 3:55.05
R. Perry, Gwynn, McDonnell, Marcheskie – 9th, 3:57.50

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