2022-23 Patriot League Women's Swimming and Diving Preview (10.7.22)

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. — The 2022-23 Patriot League Women’s Swimming and Diving season begins with seven of the 10 League teams competing in events this weekend.

The reigning Patriot League champion, Navy, welcomes back 11 All-League student-athletes from last season.

Bucknell returns five 2022 Patriot League First-Team and Second-Team honorees, after finishing second at the Patriot League Championship.


The 2022-23 Patriot League Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships will take place beginning Wednesday, Feb. 15, through Saturday, Feb. 18, at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium in Lewisburg, Pa.

AMERICAN EAGLES                                                                                                                 

Head Coach: Garland Bartlett

Letterwinners returning/graduated: 18/4

Coach Garland Bartlett on the Eagles: “The women’s team is looking to build on last year’s success. We have a talented group of freshmen who will add to the depth of our returners and we also have a great group of senior leaders who have created a supportive team culture from the first day of practice. I am excited to see what this highly energetic group of women can do this year because I think it is going to be something special!


Head Coach: Brandt Nigro

Letterwinners returning/graduated: 15/5

Coach Brandt Nigro on the Black Knights: “I’m excited about the upcoming season. Our returners worked hard and had a great long course season – both in terms of work in the pool and competition around the country. Though we had one of the best Patriot League Championship meets last season in program history, we were left with a bitter taste in our mouth after a 7.5 point loss to Bucknell for second place as we finished third. The meet came down to the last relay and Bucknell got to the wall first – this loss has motivated and focused our women more than ever before. They have been great in training thus far this summer and fall. At our first two meets, our women have been competing at a level that is much higher than they were last year at this time. They have a clear direction and goal and they are doing a great job pushing and supporting each other each day. We are led by two great leaders in our Firstie Captains, Angela Huang and Maggie McDonald, who really have this team focused and fired up. We welcome a very talented and deep freshman class who cover all the events and will compete with the best swimmers and divers in the conference. We have a lot of work to do still and a long way to go, but I’m very proud of where this team is right now and where they want to become in February and March.


Head Coach: Bill Smyth

Letterwinners returning/graduated: 16/6

Coach Bill Smyth on the Terriers: “With our women’s this year I think we’re in a really good position to be able to showcase our depth in a number of different events. Butterfly is going to be an especially deep area for us this year as well as individual medley and diving. At the top end, I think our backstroke is going to be really good as well. We’ve got some good depth in breaststroke and the sprints, and although we’re not as deep in the distance events. We have a very committed core group in that area doing some really good things. I’m looking forward to the excellent leadership on both the women’s and the men’s side and I think that we’re doing a good job of getting everybody fired up on a daily basis at practice. I think that we can be very successful in league meets as well as non-conference meets with everything pointing towards the conference championships.”


Head CoachDan Schinnerer

Letterwinners returning/graduated: 28/8

Coach Dan Schinnerer on the Bison: “We are excited to build on the success of last year.  We did graduate an impactful senior class, including three-time individual Patriot League Champion Maddie Hartigan, but we also believe we have a good group back.  Continuing to develop our underclassmen will be the key to our success and continued improvement.”



Head Coach: Ed Pretre

Letterwinners returning/graduated: 20/5

Coach Ed Pretre on the Raiders:   “Both teams have not had one bad practice yet, the positivity, attention to detail, and hard work have been really impressive so far, with a very young team on both sides, this is exactly where Colgate swimming and diving needs to be. The women finally have really good depth, this incoming freshman class really filled in a lot of holes that we have had the past few years and that will certainly take pressure off of the upperclassman in meets.  They are really excited to see what they can accomplish this year as a team!”



Head Coach: Kristy Jones

Letterwinners returning: 22

Holy Cross swimmers and divers embody a commitment to the work that develops and nurtures team comradery and attention to detail,” said first-year head coach Kristy Jones. “The women’s team, with their level of work ethic, support of their teammates, and great leadership from our 10 seniors, will have a successful season scoring more points at Patriot League Championships.”



Head CoachJames Dailey

Letterwinners returning: 39

Coach James Dailey on the Leopards: “We are looking forward to building upon one of our most successful seasons last year.  The combined teams broke 14 school records, 63 performances added to our All-Time Top 10 lists, one NCAA Division I B qualifying standard, 44 women and 14 men were named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.   The good news was that most of those school records were set by our underclass. We’ve got an exciting first-year class and a lot of momentum from last year.  Everyone is excited to have an uninterrupted season and a stellar performance year.”


Head Coach: Rob Herb

Letterwinners returning/graduated: 16/3

Coach Rob Herb on the Mountain Hawks: “This year has been shaping up to be a good one ever since our leadership and the team started working this summer. We are excited to welcome a talented group of first-years to our experienced returning core. Seniors Danielle Prekop, Sarah Hardy, and Hallie Wilson have nothing holding them back to make this a great senior year. We will also look to Julia Stevens, Natalie Martin, and Willa Werwaiss to add to a strong base of the women’s team.”




Head Coach: Brian Loeffler

Letterwinners returning/graduated: 33/16

Coach Brian Loeffler on the Greyhounds: “An influx of talented freshman women should bolster our current roster with the goal to improve our finish at the championship.”


Head Coach: John Morrison

Letterwinners returning/graduated: 30/14

Coach John Morrison on the Midshipmen: “Graduating the class of 2022, one of the strongest and deepest classes in the history of the League, we have some unanswered questions about our lineup.  However, we are excited about our pre-season training and preparation and for the next generation of Navy swimmers and divers to step out of the shadows. On the boards, we will look for the leadership of Sarah Gurley and Darby Radcliffe to bring along newcomers Mackenzie Kim and Ali Palidori. In the pool, Reagan Johnson has been leading the way with fellow 1/c Katie Corbi, Anna Lesho, Jessica Riggs, and Libby Miller. It has been fun to watch Gabi Baldwin, Cam Horner, Abi Sullivan, and Rachel Schlemmer continue to gain confidence coming off last season, as well as Catherine Weaverling, Syd Bare, and Haley Harris. Our plebes are doing a great job finding their footing and expect all to be an immediate impact on our success this season.”



The Patriot League is in its fourth decade of academic and athletic achievement, continually demonstrating that student-athletes can excel at both academics and athletics without sacrificing high standards. The Patriot League’s athletic success is achieved while its member institutions remain committed to its founding principle of admitting and graduating student-athletes that are academically representative of their class. Participation in athletics at Patriot League institutions is viewed as an important component of a well-rounded education.



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