Women’s swimming and diving sail past Wagner

Annie Collett, Contributing Writer

In their final home meet of the season, the women’s swimming and diving team gave all they had in honor of their seniors. The Bison beat Wagner 178-117 on Jan. 17. The team won 11 events and also recorded the fastest time while swimming exhibition.

Julianna Foss ’18 had a standout performance in the pool. Foss recorded the fastest time for each event in which she competed, including individual first-place finishes in the 100-yard butterfly (58.56) and 200-yard butterfly (2:06.11), as well as the best time while swimming exhibition in the 200-yard IM (2:10.12). Foss joined Emma Levendoski ’16, Diana Hanson ’17, and Abigail Rosenberg ’19 in the 200-yard medley relay that placed first.

Rosenberg continued her success with two first-place finishes in the 50-yard freestyle (24.45) and 100-yard freestyle (53.16) for the Orange and Blue. Brittany Bishop ’19 not only followed Rosenberg up in both of those events with second place finishes, but also added a win in the 200-yard freestyle.

Dani Potis ’18 had a stellar meet as well, and secured two first-place finishes. She won the 1000-yard freestyle in  10:37.48, roughly four seconds faster than the runner-up. She also placed first in the 500-yard free with a time of 5:11.22.

Levendoski was not finished with her success for the day either; she went on to win the 100-yard backstroke in 55.69. Afterwards, she was unfortunately disqualified in the 200-yard backstroke after a false start. Her teammates were able to score points for the Bison though. Julia Bryne ’19 won the event in  2:05.42, followed closely by Alanna Nawrocki ’16 who placed second. 

Diver Tally Ford ’18 continued the trend of success for the Orange and Blue. She took first place on the one-meter board, followed by Lara Curtis ’16 in second place and Christine Kehrli ’18 in third. Ford was also the runner-up for the three-meter board.

“It was a bittersweet feeling to swim my last meet in Kinney Natatorium. Where it was a very exciting and high energy meet resulting in a win, it was sad to think about how it would be the last time I would race in my home pool,” Levendoski said. “These four years have flown by, but the team has been working harder this year than we have in the past, so I am very excited to see what the championship season holds.”

With this great win, the Bison moved to 2-0 versus Wagner, adding on to their victory last season. The Bison will look to continue their momentum as they head to the Navy Invitational on Jan. 30 for their next meet. 

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