Bucknell Women's Swimming and Diving Wraps Up Regular Season with Solid Showing at Bison Invite
Feb. 2, 2013
LEWISBURG, Pa. - In a final tuneup for the Patriot League Championship, the Bucknell women's swimming and diving team hosted eight other teams in the unscored Bison Invite Saturday inside Kinney Natatorium. First-place finishes by Lauren Perry (500 free) and Elizabeth Porcellio (100 fly) highlighted the meet for Bucknell, which saw many of its athletes compete in unfamiliar events in the final meet of the regular season.
Perry's win in the 500 free came in a time of 5 minutes, 3.15 seconds, which was faster than any Bison has covered that distance this year other than All-Patriot Leaguer Kelly Pontecorvo. Perry was also Bucknell's top finisher in the 50 free, placing third.
Porcellio claimed the 100 fly in 59.25. She was joined in the top 10 of the 43-person field by teammates Ashley Henderson (4th), Lyndsey Marcheskie (t-8th) and Kaitlyn Utkewicz (10th). Porcellio was also the top Bison finisher in the 100 back, taking home fifth place.
Meg Lattimer (400 IM) and Kristen Purdy (200 back) each posted runner-up finishes, while Henderson (100 breast), Jennifer Brennan (200 fly) and Emily Wright (100 free) registered third-place showings. Henderson was swimming the 100 breast for just the third time this year and her time of 1:05.93 ranks sixth in program history. Wright's 100 free time (53.44) was her second-best of the season.
Stephanie Koziol (4th, 200 free), Alyssa Rollando (6th, 1,650 free) and Marcheskie (10th, 200 IM) joined the above list as top finishers for the Bison in events. Bucknell did not have an entrant in the 200 free relay, 200 medley relay or 200 breast.
Katie Hetherington led the diving contingent as she placed third off the one-meter board and fourth off the three-meter board. Lisa Bolle finished 10th off the three-meter, but her career-best score of 220.95 improved on her own No. 9 score in program history.
In addition to host Bucknell, American, Army, Delaware, James Madison (divers), Lafayette, Navy, Seton Hall and Shippensburg competed in the Bison Invite.