Young Talent Steps Up to Help Women’s Team Find Success

Lauren Whelan, Sports Writer

New talent led the women’s swimming and diving team to success on Nov. 8 as the Bison faced Patriot League opponents Navy, American, and Lafayette in a home quad meet. The Orange and Blue were victorious against American (246-54) and Lafayette (248-50) but fell to Navy (164-136).

The Bison won five out of 16 total events. Navy placed first in the other 11 events, while American and Lafayette had no first-place winners.

Impressive finishes from Tally Ford ’18, Dani Potis ’18, and Julianna Foss ’18 were the highlights on the day. Potis placed second in both the 500 and the 1,000 free, leading the Bison in both events.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be doing as well as I am early in the season. It drives me to want to perform even better in the future for the team,” Potis said.

Foss placed second in the 200 fly in 2:06.11 and also finished first in the 100 fly and second in the 200 back.

“[Head coach Dan Schinnerer] has said we are practicing better than ever, and I feel strong swimming in the pool. The meets have been going very well too, [there is] a lot of energy on deck and cheering, which makes the environment very positive. Everybody’s times are way better than where they were last year,” Foss said.

In the 200 back, Foss followed her only fellow teammate Emma Levendoski ’16 who also placed first. Levendoski swept the backstroke events for the third time this year. Another victory for the Orange and Blue came from Rachel McGoff ’17, who placed first in the 200 free and third in the 100 free.

In the diving events, Ford recorded a win with a 252.90 in the one-meter dive. She also helped the Bison with a fourth-place finish in the three-meter dive. Katie Hetherington ’15 also placed in the three-meter dive, coming in third.

“It’s good to know how much improvement is being made, and I’m excited to see what the future meets have to come,” Foss said.

The squad will try to continue its success at the Bucknell Invitational, which will take place from Nov21-23.

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