The York College women’s swim team enters the 2008-09 with a new look and new expectations. The Spartans, buoyed by an influx of eight new swimmers, are excited about the upcoming season.
Spartan head coach Gina McHenry hit the recruiting trails hard last year and got a bounty of newcomers that will combine with a talented group of returners that should help the Spartans move up the ranks of the Capital Athletic Conference.
McHenry will turn to seniors Bridget Miller, Colleen Nolan, and Meghan Wallace to provide leadership to a young but versatile squad.
Miller had a strong Capital Athletic Conference championship meet in 2008 as she was a member of the 400 free relay team that finished sixth. Individually, Miller was 10th in the 200 free and 13th in the 100 fly. Nolan had her best finish at the championships with her 13th place finish in the 100 breast stroke.
The junior class is a talented group led by Molly Wasik, Kaitlin Crean, Ashley Stanton, and Flor Isabel Aroche. Wasik was the Spartans’ top performer at championships as a sophomore. She recorded a pair of new school records as she set the school standards in the 200 IM and the 200 backstroke. She also finished eighth in the 100 backstroke while she was also a member of the sixth place 400 free relay squad. Crean’s top finish at championships came in the 1650 as she finished seventh for the green and white. Stanton had a trio of top ten finishes during championship weekend. She was a part of the 400 free relay team, eighth in the 200 free and ninth in the 100 free. Aroche recorded a 12th place finish in the 100 breaststroke for York.
“This is a good group of returners that will provide us with a solid core for this year,” says McHenry. “They work hard and they are providing a great example for our newcomers.”
McHenry’s recruiting class includes freshman Hannah Bell, Allison Brophy, Kaitlyn Estes, Liz Grey, Michala Guild, and Kame’ Spencer. Sophomores Maureen Loughman and Lisa King along with junior Kayla Smith are the other three new Spartans.
“This class gives us a number of things,” states McHenry. “They provide us with an infusion of talent and give us quality numbers which will increase our ability to score in meets. I like their excitement, focus and enthusiasm. I think they each have the potential to make us a better team.”
The Spartans will look to build on their fifth place finish at championships. That is something that McHenry believes this team can do.
“We are a much better team this year,” states the Spartan head coach. "I am excited to see how their hard work pays off this season.”
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