IRVINE, Calif. – Bucknell junior Emma Levendoski (Mandeville, La./Mandeville) on Thursday swam the 200-meter backstroke at the Phillips 66 National Championships and lowered her own long-course school record. The four-time Patriot League champion touched the wall in 2:17.48, .62 faster than she swam the event last month.

A two-time First Team All-Patriot League selection who owns the conference record in the 100 back, Levendoski placed 44th in the competitive field of nearly 80 swimmers after being seeded 75th entering the event.

The meet is taking place at the William Woolett Jr. Aquatics Complex and will run through Sunday.

Levendoski has swept the backstroke events at the Patriot League Championships in each of her first two years as a Bison. She owns school records in the 100 and 200 back and was also part of the 200 and 400 medley relays that are ranked first on the program’s all-time lists.

Bucknell’s fall semester classes begin Aug. 27, meaning the Bison swimming and diving teams are just a few weeks from beginning practice in preparation for their 2014-15 season, which begins Oct. 5 vs. UMBC in Kinney Natatorium.