LEWISBURG, Pa., February 20. PATRIOT League meet records were set in seven of the 10 swimming events on Day 1 of the league swimming & diving championships.
The meet is underway at the Arthur D. Kinney Natatorium on the campus of Bucknell University through Saturday, Feb. 22.
The swim of the night came from American's Mark Liscinsky, who "cruised" the 200 IM in 1:47.20, a pr and auto NCAA qualifier. He won by more than three seconds over teammate Dominick Szabo's 1:50.22.
The host Bison, whose women's team had its most successful and first-ever undefeated dual meet season in 2002-03, are atop the standings on both the men's and women's sides.
The defending champion Lehigh Mountain Hawks are in second on the men's side, while Navy's women, the 2002 title holders, are in the runner-up spot.
In the first race of the finals, Bucknell's 200 freestyle relay team of Erica Wild, Darby Golino, Mary Krakowski and Meghan Freese broke the Championship record with a 1:34.94. The former mark of 1:35.24 was set by Army in 1999. The Bison men also won the 200 freestyle relay title with their 1:22.17.
Records continued to fall on the women's side when Navy freshman Jenn Windstein took to the pool in the 500 freestyle. The rookie's time of 4:54.89 broke the 1995 record of 4:56.20 set by Holy Cross' Colleen Lynch. Windstein bested runner-up Daniela Faas of Bucknell by more than two seconds.
The charge to the front by the Bucknell women was led by Freese, who was a part of three record-breaking performances. Individually, she broke the 50 free meet mark and was a member of the Bisons' record-breaking 200 freestyle and 400 medley relay squads.
Freese defended her 50 freestyle title with a time of 23.32, which breaks a 10-year old mark held by former Lehigh star Margaret Grunow — and provisionally qualifies her for the NCAA Championship. The Bison women's 400 medley relay time of 3:49.54 was six seconds faster than runner-up Lehigh.
Lehigh freshman Linda Hendrixson claimed the 200 individual medley crown with her 2:05.92. Bucknell's Golino came in second, half a second behind Hendrixson.
On the men's side, Erwan Jeffroy led a 1-2 American sweep in the men's 500 freestyle with a record-breaking 4:28.42. Last year's 500 champion Ethan Bassett finished second (4:31.74). Fellow Eagle Liscinsky then broke his own championship record in the 200 individual medley with his sterling 1:47.20.
The American men's 400 medley relay team of Szabo, Liscinsky, Mike Lawson and Stephen Maher broke their own meet record from a year ago. The squad posted a time of 3:20.71.
Rounding out the list of winners from the first day are Bucknell's Peter Garvin in the 50 freestyle (20.52), Army's Doug Klein in the three-meter dive (443.0) and the Bison 200 free relay team (1:22.17).
PATRIOT LEAGUE WOMEN'S & MEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
ARTHUR D. KINNEY NATATORIUM
BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY, LEWSISBURG, PA.
FEB. 20, 2003
25 YD. POOL
TEAM STANDINGS (DAY 1)
1. Bucknell, 231.5
2. Navy, 164
3. Lehigh, 143
4. Colgate, 108
5. Army, 104
6. American, 80.5
7. Holy Cross, 58
8. Lafayette, 26
1. Bucknell, 218
2. Lehigh, 187
3. American, 186
4. Army, 169
5. Lafayette, 115
6. Colgate, 109
7. Holy Cross, 64