Swim and Dive finish weekend 2-1

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Lianne Garrahan / The Bucknellian

Charlotte Dursee, Staff Writer

The Bison Swim and Dive team hosted a quad meet this past weekend against Navy, American and Lafayette.

Both the men’s and women’s teams out-scored American (240.5-45.5 men, 224-74 women) and Lafayette (234.5-63.5 men, 252-48 women), but came up behind against Navy (110-189 men, 97.5-202.5 women). 

On the women’s end, Sabrina Vumbacco ’23 continued to thrive in the water, collecting two individual wins, one in the 500 and the other in the 1000 freestyle.

Vumbacco was also a part of the winning 200 medley relay, alongside teammates Esme Hunter ’24, Alexandra Ritorto ’23 and Kayla Lichtner ’24. Abby Doss ’24 and Hunter each also had two runner up placements in their respective events. 

“Races are won in practice, so we prepare for each race by training hard for weeks in practice,” Hunter said. “I rely heavily on the training and the mental preparation we have done with Nick Fuller, our mental health performance consultant.” 

For the men’s team, four Bison swimmers placed first in their individual events. These included Alex Crossing ’26 (100 freestyle), John Gehrig ’24 (200 butterfly), Chris Fabian ’24 (100 backstroke) and Leo Kuyl ’23 (50 freestyle).

The Bison also won the 200 freestyle relay, with Fabian, Kuyl, Justin DiSanto ’25 and Chris Kopac ’25.

“Strong performances are always encouraging and inspiring. Both the women’s and men’s teams have performed really well so far this season. American and Lafayette are solid competitors so it was reassuring to beat them, and we had some good performances in certain races against Navy. Overall our performance bodes well for Patriot League championships,” Hunter said. 

After another impressive performance, the Bison teams look to improve their record of 5-1 (4-1 PL) the weekend of Nov. 18 at the Bucknell Invitation at Kinney Natatorium.

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