LEWISBURG, Pa. -- The University of Connecticut women's swimming and diving team completed its three-day outing at the Bison Invitational, hosted by Bucknell University. The Huskies took second place at the event, totaling 1,219 points. The Bison also hosted Delaware, Fordham, Binghamton, Georgetown, William & Mary, Buffalo and La Salle.
Over the course of the meet, the Huskies placed in the top-three of 13 different events. Freshman Jackie Van Lew (Tinton Falls, N.J.) had an impressive showing individually and as a member of multiple relay teams. The newcomer won the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 1:48.96. She touched the wall second in the 500-yard freestyle (4:54.07).
Van Lew joined classmates Annika Grewal (Oakville, Ontario) and Madeline Blair (Bethlehem, Pa.) along with junior Margot Manning (Frederick, Md.) in the 200-yard freestyle relay, coming in second in a time of 1:34.27. Grewal and Van Lew also swam to a second-place finish (3:44.45) in the 400-yard medley relay with senior Laura Ruttan (Stittsville, Ontario) and junior Sophie Nothnagle (Victor, N.Y.).
Blair, Nothnagle, Van Lew and Manning teamed up in the 400-yard freestyle relay, checking in third in a time of 3:25.09. The quartet swam to a second in the 800-yard freestyle relay (7:26.82).
Manning claimed third-place in the 200-yard IM (2:04.01) while Nothnagle swam the 100-yard butterfly in 55.18 for her own third-place finish. Nothnagle was also second in the 200-yard butterfly (1:58.96). She set new school records in both events and had a NCAA B Cut standard in the 200.
Grewal touched the wall in 1:57.30 to come in second in the 200-yard backstroke and junior Christine Pedersen (Vinterbro, Norway) was fourth (2:00.60). Junior Jaimie Lynn Brookover (Cherry Hill, N.J.) clinched third place by swimming the 100-yard backstroke in 55.46.
On the diving side, junior Monica Marcello (Middletown, Conn.) won the three-meter competition with 309.15 points. Senior Taryna Urbanus (Quincy, Mass.) and junior Alexandra Butera (Havertown, Pa.) were second and third, respectively. On the one-meter platform, Urbanus claimed the top spot with 293.35 points while Butera was the runner-up and Marcello checked in at fifth.