Mountain Hawks return to action, hosting Bucknell on Senior Day Saturday

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Bucknell is a top contender for a Patriot League title annually on both sides and will attend Jacobs Pool on Saturday when Lehigh’s men’s and women’s swim and dive programs return to the pool for the first time in the new year since the Home stretch of the season begins. Lehigh will take on the bison from 1:00 p.m., with the dive scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. Senior class members will be honored with a special pre-meeting ceremony at 12:50 p.m. prior to the start of the swim event.

In the men’s game, the Mountain Hawks are 2-3 so far this season and were last out on December 4th at Drexel. Senior Owen Thomas recorded two of the team’s four first-place finishes in the loss, as he was named Honorable Mention by the Patriot League office.

Thomas won against the Dragons in both the 50-yard backstroke (23.99) and 100-yard backstroke (52.13). Connor Goodyear won the 200-yard freestyle with a winning time of 1:45.50, while Addison Cochran took the victory with a 282.30 in the one-meter springboard vault.

The Mountain Hawk men are looking for their first win since beating Lafayette on Nov. 19, 154-134.

Bucknell came out with the 192-89 win over the Mountain Hawks last season after previously winning three straight for Lehigh.

The Bison Men are 6-3 overall this season and 5-2 in the Patriot League meets so far. Bucknell fell last weekend after a 188-106 win at Loyola Maryland on Friday, led by two singles wins for Will Cadwallader, Chris Kopac, Leo Kuyl and John Gehrig, against Army West Point, 206-92.

In the women’s game, the Mountain Hawks were previously undefeated before losing 195-105 to Drexel on December 4th.

Lehigh ended the meeting with four first places, led by two for Ann Foley and Sarah Hardy. Foley won the 200 yard freestyle in 1:55.74 and also swam the 100 yard freestyle in 51.59.

Hardy won the 100-yard butterfly (56.82) and 200-yard medley (2:11.94), with teammate Liz Olszewski swimming in third place.

As for the relay, the Mountain Hawks had a big second place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay as Foley, Noel Fresa, Grace Rogowski and Maddie Dorish swam to a time of 1:38.97.

The Bucknell women have been elite this season, going with an 8-1 aggregate win and a 6-1 Patriot League record. The Bison have won three straight encounters, including a 183-117 final against Army on Saturday and a 230-70 win over Loyola on Friday.

During last season’s meet, the Bison defeated the Mountain Hawks, 175-119. Bucknell leads the all-time streak 32-10 and has won 13 of the last 14 meetings. Lehigh is seeking his first win over Bucknell since Jan. 21, 2017 in Lewisburg, who were on a then nine-game losing streak.

Due to capacity limitations at Jacobs Pool, fan participation is limited to team player guest ticket lists.

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