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Kaveney, Kuntz Advance to P.L. Finals

Feb. 21, 2013

Thursday Preliminaries
Thursday Finals

LEWISBURG, Pa. - Competing in the first day of the Patriot League Championships at Bucknell University's Kinney Natatorium, five Lafayette swimmers posted times that placed them in the school's all-time top 10.

Sophomore Megan Kaveney, who finished ninth in the 50 freestyle, was the top Lafayette finisher in the morning session and will compete in the finals. The top 16 swimmers in the preliminaries advance. Kaveney swam a 23.84, just off the school record of 23.67. Kaveney will also compete as the opening leg of the 200 free relay on Thursday night. Freshman Robert Lowery is the first alternate for the finals in the men's 50m free. Lowery swam a time of 21:17, the seventh best time in school history.

In the 200 IM, sophomore Jane Kuntz placed 14th with a time of 2:09.55 and qualified for the finals. Kuntz also registered the third best time in school history. In the men's 200 IM Greg Grewal, swam the eighth best time in school history (1:55.56) and finished 22nd.

In the 500 freestyle, junior Adam Gill finished in a time of 4:42.96, ending in 22nd place while moving into the 10th spot in Lafayette's all-time top 10. In the women's 500 free, senior Christina Brown, swam a 5:08.17 to move into six place in Lafayette's top 10. She finished in 18th spot in the preliminaries and is the second alternate in the event.

The finals for the 500 freestyle, 200IM, 50 free and the men's three-meter diving will be held on Thursday night along with the 200 free relay and 400 medley relay finals.

THURSDAY NIGHT RECAP: Thursday's second session was highlighted by strong performances from the Leopards' 400 medley relay teams.

The Lafayette men's team, comprised of three freshmen and a sophomore (Evan Newbold, Greg Grewal, Christopher Wickwire and Lowery) finished fifth in 3:24.06 while the women (Brown, Dana Purdy, Kuntz and Kate Durkan) ended in sixth in 3:56.12.

The 200 free relay teams did not fare as well, as both were disqualified.

Individually, Kaveney improved her time from the preliminaries in the 50 free, touching the wall in 23.78 for 10th place. In the 200 IM, Kuntz shaved 21 hundredths off her prelim time to finish 14th in 2:09.34.  

Todd Leone placed 13th in the three-meter diving competition with a score of 206.75 to garner four points for the Leopards.

After day one, Lafayette sits in seventh place in the women's competition with 36 points while the men are eighth with 32 points. Navy leads the team competition on both sides by large margins.

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