Women’s swimming and diving competes at Navy: Women’s swimming and diving anchors four events at Navy Invite

Annie Collet, Contributing Writer

Rachel McGoff ’17, Emma Levendoski ’16, and Leah Bloodgood ’18 were all successful in their individual events at the Navy Invite on Jan. 30, helping lead the Bison women’s swimming and diving team. The meet was not scored, so many swimmers and divers for the Orange and Blue were able to compete in secondary events.

The divers performed wonderfully on the one-meter board. Lara Curtis ’16 came in second with a score of 249.40. Curtis is ranked eighth on the program’s all-time list as a result of her performance. Tally Ford ’18 placed third with a mark of 245.25.

McGoff lead a one-two finish for the Bison in the 200 freestyle. She finished first out of 30 swimmers with a time of 1:57.02. Diana Hanson ’17 touched the wall immediately after McGoff at 1:57.15, while Lindsay Smalec ’19 placed fifth in the event.

Bloodgood won the 200 breaststroke out of 14 swimmers, with the time of 2:26.84, two whole seconds faster than the second-place swimmer. Levendoski locked in her first win of the day in the 200 backstroke. She finished first out of 25 swimmers with a time of 2:01.85. Rachel Perry ’17 was close behind in fourth-place.

Levendoski later joined Hanson, Julianna Foss ’18 and Abigail Rosenberg ’19 to place first in the 200 medley relay. The group beat 28 other teams with a well-deserved time of 1:48.33.

Hanson and Bloodgood placed second and third in the 100 breaststroke, finishing just a half a second apart. Hanson touched the wall in 1:07.38, and Bloodgood came in at 1:07.88 for a thrilling finish.

Brittany Bishop ’19 was the runner-up in the 200 IM, outracing 49 other opponents. As if that was not impressive enough, she also came in third in an even bigger field of 92 swimmers in the 50 freestyle. Foss contributed a third-place finish in the 100 butterfly.

“Looking towards championships, and the end of my swimming career, I am extremely excited to the results of our hard work this season! We’ve trained harder than any other year, and I am confident in the fact that we will be seeing some fast swimming in a few weeks,” Alanna Nawrocki ’16 said.

The Bison are now fully focused on the Patriot League Championships, which will be held at the U.S. Naval Academy from Feb. 17-20.

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