Bison Swim and Dive win big at season opener meet


Lauren Medeiros / The Bucknellian

Charlotte Dursee, Contributing Writer

In their first meet of the season, men’s and women’s swim and dive went up against Boston University and Loyola — both teams came out victorious at the end of the match up.

The men’s team came out on top of their opponents with scores of 154.5–145.5 and 208-90. 

“Going into the first meet of the season there is always a lot of energy and excitement,” John Gehrig ’24 said. “Having the fist meet against Loyal and BU just makes it that much more exciting and fun. Our team did a great job of preparing themselves throughout the season so far and an even better job at rising to the occasion of a big meet and delivering great swims.”

The men won seven individual events and one relay. Gehrig and Chris Kopac ’25 each had impressive performances at the meet. 

Gehrig came in first in the 100 and 200 butterfly and 200 individual medley. Kopac came in first in the 200 and 500 free. Leo Kuyl ’23, Kopac, Justin DiSanto ’25 and Chris Fabian ’24 each helped contribute to the 400 freestyle relay first place placement, which had a time of 3:02.45.

“The team is in a great position for the rest of the year. There is still a long way until Patriot league Champs in February, but starting the season with two big wins is a great catalyst for our team to train hard and be great all year,” Gehrig added.

On the women’s side, swim and dive beat Loyola (174-126) and Boston University (187-113). 

“The success we all had in the pool is not only a testament to how hard each individual person is working day in and day out, but also to the strength of our team as a whole and across all events” Sabrina Vumbacco ’23 said. 

They finished with wins in five individual races, two from Vumbacco (500 and 1000 freestyle) and one from Jennifer Bolden ’26 (200 free), Gina Hinthron ’25 (one-meter dive) and Catherine Craig ’23 (200 yard breaststroke). Craig also came in second in the 100 breaststroke and 200 IM.

“This first meet showed us that we not only have the potential to build on this previous success but to have a tremendously successful season ourselves,” added Vumbacco.

Both teams look to continue the winning momentum in the next match Oct. 22 at Binghamton.

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