Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Fall to Boston University in Patriot League Opener

Eve Wulf, Staff Writer

On Oct. 19, the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams traveled to Boston to compete against Boston University in both the first scored and first Patriot League match of the season. The men’s and women’s teams both came up short in the end, but there were several great individual efforts. The teams won three events apiece.

For the men, Boston outscored the Bison 185 to 115. The men’s team won the 1000-yard freestyle, the 100-yard backstroke, and the 500-yard freestyle for the Bison. Brian Phillips ’16 won the 1000-yard freestyle for the Orange and Blue with a final time of 9:47.96. In the 100-yard backstroke, Chris Devlin ’18 prevailed with a final time of 51.47. And in the 500-yard freestyle, Louis Behnen ’17 won with a final time of 4:37.70.

For the women, Boston outscored the Bison 194 to 106. The three events won by the women’s team were the 100-yard backstroke, the 200-yard butterfly, and the 200-yard backstroke. Emma Levendoski ’16 won the 100-yard backstroke with a total time of 57.22. Dani Potis ’18 prevailed in the 200-yard butterfly with a final time of 2:08.28. And in the 200-yard backstroke, Julie Byrne ’19 won with a final time of 2:03.40.

Despite the loss for both the men’s team and women’s team, captain JT Nangle ’16 said that this weekend’s meet against Boston was a good lesson and catalyst for the future.

“Meets like this one are important since they give us a chance to race in a new pool against good competition. We have a lot of areas where major improvements will be made before we face BU again at the Patriot League Championships. This weekend presents another challenge as Pitt comes to swim and dive at Bucknell, and the team is excited to race and improve,” Nangle said.

The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will host Pittsburgh during Homecoming Weekend on Oct. 24 at noon in Kinney Natatorium.

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