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Both Men’s and Women’s Swim and Dive found success in their dual meet against Lehigh this past weekend. Bison Men’s Swimming and Diving team dominated over Lehigh, placing first in 15 out of 16 events and taking the top two spots in 9 events during their last home meet. John Gehrig ’24 snagged two big first-place wins in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:50.58 and the 100 butterfly with a time of 49.42. Another Bison, Alex Crossing ’26, followed Gehrig by snagging two first-place wins in the 1000 freestyle (9:40.04) and the 500 freestyle (4:36.50).

Chris Fabian ’24 earned first place in the 100 freestyle (46.43), being trailed by Justin DiSanto ’25 (46.45) in second and Drew Greene ’27 in third (47.22). The Bison went 1-2-3 again later in the 50 freestyle and 200 freestyle. Gehrig, Fabian and Greene were joined by Noah Basista ’24 in the 200 medley relay, crushing Lehigh with a time of 1:31.83. DiSanto went on to take first in the 50 meters (20.88) with Chris Kopac ’25 taking first in the 200 meters (1:40.88). Gehrig, DiSanto, Kopac and Fabian joined forces to steal the top spot in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:04.51. 

Braden Beagle ’26, in the 200 backstroke, with a time of 1:51.31 stole the win, Will Hedges ’25 won the 200 breaststroke (2:07.56), and Andy Dorsel ’25 won the 200 IM (1:53.12). Kevin Crane ’24 finished off the meet with a time of 1:59.56 in the 200 IM and a time of 2:11.23 in the 200 breaststroke. The Bison men crushed the Lehigh Mountain Hawks in their last home meet. 

The Bison Women’s Swimming and Diving team finished with the lead against the Lehigh Mountain Hawks in their meet over the past weekend with a score of 162-138. These women won 5 out of 16 events. Senior Kayla Lichtner placed first in the 100 freestyle (52.94) and tied for first in the 50 free (24.01). Lichtner was joined by seniors Esme Hunter, Hanna Bingley and Samantha Benzja in the 200 medley relay, tying for the win with a time of 1:46.20. Hunter went on to place first in the 100 backstroke (57.35), with teammates placing third, fourth and fifth. Hunter also got a time of 2:05.71 in the 200 backstroke, earning her second. 

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Ava Stallmeyer ’26 stole first in the 200 breaststroke (2:23.76) with fellow Bison Hanna Bingley ’26 right behind with a time of 2:24.99. Bingley took a win in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:06.24. Rylie Giles ’25 had a stellar performance, earning second in both the 200 freestyle (1:52.69) and the 500 free (5:12.33). Giles teamed up with Skye Sunderhauf ’25, Virginia Hasting ’27 and Jennifer Bolden ’26 in the 400 freestyle relay, finishing with a time of 3:39.19, followed by senior team Lichtner, Hunter, Caroline McGann and Stephanie Walsh (3:41.44). To finish off, Meghan Catherwood ’25 earned first in the 3-meter dive with 265.95 and earned second in the 1-meter with a score of 244.80. 

With this being the last home meet of the season, the team celebrated their Bison seniors for the great contributions and efforts they gave to Bucknell over the past four years. Many seniors showed how great they truly are by the outcomes of this meet. 

Catch them in Annapolis, Maryland next weekend in the Navy Invite.

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