Big weekend for Bison Swimming & Diving

Lea Tarzy, Contributing Writer

This past weekend, both the Bucknell men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams faced off against Binghamton University.  Both Bison teams were successful, the women winning 221-79 and the men taking home a favorable 178-111.  

Abby Doss ’24 and Maddie Hartigan ’22 led the Bison women’s team, carrying the Bison to a total of 11 wins in both the individual and relay categories. Doss managed to earn a top-10 school finish in the 100 breaststroke for the day while Hartigan won both the 50 and 1,000 freestyles. 

Sophia Donat ’23 also posted some excellent performances for the Orange and Blue, winning the 100 freestyle and also helping the 200 medley and 400 freestyle teams to victories. Adding to the Bison strength on the 200 medley team were Meghan Taner ’22, Alexandra Ritorto ’23, and Alexis Faria ’22; the 400 freestyle team consisted of Ritorto, Kayla Lichtner ’24, and Hartigan. Taner also won the 100 backstroke for the Bison while Faria took home first in the 200 butterfly. The other individual victors for the Bison consisted of Rylie Giles ’25 in the 200 freestyle, Esme Hunter ’24 in the 200 backstroke, Sabrina Vumbacco ’23 in the 100 butterfly and Catherine Craig ’24 in the 200 IM.

Lindsey Bloom ’22 noted that “[t]his past weekend was our first home meet of the season swimming against Binghamton. During the meet, we had the privilege of honoring the 1964 College Division National Championship men’s team, the 1987 East Coast Conference Championship men’s and women’s teams. With these alums there, we pulled off another weekend undefeated, making both teams 3-0 so far in the season. We’ve been having tons of fun on deck everyday at practice and at the meets, and it’s showing off well in the pool! Everyone has really stepped up where we’ve needed them to, so we’re looking forward to carrying on this success, especially as we get into some really competitive meets in the next few weeks.”

The men’s team continued their early season domination with a 178-111 victory over Binghamton. The team won eight individual races and both relays to earn the win. Bison freshmen swept the 200 butterfly with Andy Dorsel ’25 finishing first, Chris Kopac ’25 finishing second, and Ed Park ’25  finishing third. Leo Kuyl ’23 won the 100 freestyle once again with Chris Fabian ’24 also winning the 200 freestyle. Ryaan Hatoum ’23, Jack Rose ’22, and Sean Quinn ’22 were also individual victories, winning the 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and 200 IM respectively. Garrett Kiesel ’23, 200 backstroke, and Liam Pitt ’22, 100 butterfly, were the other individual victors for the Orange and Blue. The Bison also swept both relays. The 200 medley team was composed of Fabian, Hatoum, Pitt, and Kuyl while the 400 freestyle was made up by Kuyl, John Gehrig ’24, Fabian, and Pitt.  

Both the men’s and women’s teams will be back in action on Nov. 6 in a quad meet in Annapolis, Md. The Patriot League teams competing in the competition are American, Lafayette, and Navy. The competition is set to begin at noon.

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