Guild Selected as Spartan Athlete of the Week on February 21, 2012
Feb 21, 2012
YORK, Pa. – Following her stupendous performance at the
2012 Capital Athletic Conference Swimming Championships, York
College women’s swimmer Michaela Guild has been named the
Spartan Athlete of the Week.
The senior put together a tremendous weekend as she broke three
Spartan records (each of which belonged to her previously),
captured two medals, and won the 1,650 freestyle.
Beginning with Friday’s morning preliminaries, Guild set a
tremendous tone for the Championships by shattering the
program’s best mark in the 500. Besting her own previous
school record, she swam to a 5:14.34 lowering the mark by over six
seconds. Having qualified for the evening finals, Guild turned in a
5:15.44 to nab third-place and secure her first CAC Championships
On Saturday, Guild finished fifth in the 200 individual
freestyle with a 2:00.11 while aiding York’s 800 freestyle
relay squad to an 8:14.92, good for fourth.
It would prove to be Sunday’s finals however, where Guild
put together her most impressive effort. Seeded fifth heading into
the 1,650, the experience senior swam in a comfortable fourth for a
good portion of the event. However, once she began to pick up the
pace, she began passing each of the three swimmers in front, moving
steadily toward the lead. Eventually taking over the top spot,
Guild never gave it back as she won the event, her final individual
race, in a Spartan record-time of 17:58.36. Prior to this victory,
her first championship in her record-setting career, Guild had
finished fifth, fifth, and fourth in her three previous appearances
in the 1,650 at the CAC Swimming Championships.
Guild also broke the program-record for the 1,000 during the
first portion of the 1,650. During the first 1,000 yards, the
senior covered the distance in 10:58.31, lowering her mark set last
year of 11:03.48.
Overall, Guild and the Spartans took fourth at the 2012 CAC
Swimming Championships, only the second time in over a decade in
which the Spartans have placed as high as fourth.