Koch sets another school mark to lead Lehigh on day two of PLC
LEWISBURG, Pa. – Freshman Carolyn Koch finished third in the 200 yard freestyle, setting her second school record in as many days to lead Lehigh on day two of the Patriot League Swimming and Diving Championships at Bucknell’s Kinney Natatorium. The Mountain Hawk women sit in fifth place with 219 points entering the final day of competition.
After setting a school record in the 50 free on Thursday, Koch broke the 200 record in Friday’s preliminary session, then broke it again with a finals time of 1:50.28. The third place finish was is the best for a Lehigh female so far in the championships. In the same event, freshman Courtney Patterson finished in tenth place with a time of 1:52.90.
Senior Emily DiDonato was the only other Mountain Hawk to reach a championship final on Friday as she finished fifth in the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 1:05.47. Freshman Rebekah Campo won the B Final in that event, clocking in at 1:06.46.
Another freshman, Melissa Feeney won the B final in the 400 IM with a time of 4:29.44.
In the 100 fly Lehigh had two swimmers in the B final with sophomore Mary Samuels placing 11th with a time of 57.69 seconds, while senior Brooke Smalley finished 13th in 58.34. Sophomore Alissa Leung placed 13th in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 58.05 seconds.
Both of Lehigh’s relay teams finished fifth on Friday. In the 200 medley relay, Leung, DiDonato, Samuels and Koch teamed to post a time of 1:48.13 while in the 800 free relay, Patterson and Koch teamed with senior Katie Haycraft and sophomore Madeleine Smith to clock in at 7:40.49.
Navy continues to lead the team standings with 534 points, followed by Colgate with 445 and Bucknell with 421. Lehigh is 141 points behind fourth place Army and 93 ahead of sixth place Lafayette.
The Patriot League Championships will wrap-up Saturday from Bucknell’s Kinney Natatorium. Preliminaries are set for 10:30 a.m. with finals set for 6 p.m.
Women’s Team Standings
1. Navy (534 pts.)
2. Colgate (445)
3. Bucknell (421)
4. Army (360)
5. LEHIGH (219)
6. Lafayette (126)
7. Holy Cross (94)
8. American (72)