ST. MARY’S CITY, MD – Medal-stand finishes and broken records marked day two of the York College women’s swimming squad’s 2010 Capital Athletic Conference Championships. In the first day of preliminaries in the morning followed by finals in the evening, due to yesterday’s one session of timed finals, the Spartans had eight top-eight finishes.
Sophomore Heather MacLennan (Galena, Md./St. Mark’s) had a huge day for the Green and White as she garnered a trio of medals. MacLennan’s best performance came in the 200 freestyle where she went head-to-head with current CAC record-holder Sarah Crockett from Mary Washington. A strikingly fast race, MacLennan notched a fantastic runner-up finish, with an excellent 1:54.98. That time not only allotted the sophomore a silver, but also secured a NCAA “B” cut by over a second.
In the 100 backstroke, MacLennan placed third with a 1:00.88 to establish school-record time.
The sophomore’s third medal came in the evening’s final women’s event the 800 freestyle relay. MacLennan provided the anchor for the event while Ashley Stanton (Columbia, Md./Hammond), Chelsea Ross (Paoli, Pa./PA Cyber), and Michaela Guild (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) joined MacLennan as each of the four swam outstanding legs. The group swam to an 8:07.06 to pulverize the previous mark of 8:21.91 by over 14 seconds.
Guild, who swam an exceptionally well in the 800 relay, notched a seventh place finish in the 200 freestyle with a 2:01.77 while Ross added eighth-place points via a 2:04.14 in the event. Stanton, the senior lead-off for the 800, came in 12th.
Senior Molly Wasik (York, Pa./Spring Grove) and sophomore Liz Grey (Bensalem, Pa./Nazareth Academy) each posted seventh-place marks in the finals of their respective events. Wasik raced to a 4:58.02 in the 400 IM while Grey notched a 1:02.13 in the 100 butterfly. In the morning preliminaries however, Grey posted a new school record in the event. The sophomore bested her own program-best by 0.12 establishing a new time of 1:01.87.
Lisa King (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright), Alison Beverly (Andover, N.J./Newton), and Kaitlin Crean (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Warde) each took important top-16 finishes, as the top-16 in each event score points for their team, in the 400 IM.
Freshmen Kathy Murphy (Farmingdale, N.J./Colts Neck) and Amanda Silcox (Lebanon, Pa./Cedar Crest) recorded 10th and 16th respectively in the 100 backstroke as they each have bright futures ahead of them.
Alex Minsky (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North), Flor Aroche (Spring, Texas/Tomball), and Mandy Oldham (Birdsboro, Pa./Daniel Boone) also notched top-16 finishes in the 100 breaststroke.
The Spartans actually began tonight’s finals with a fifth-place result in the 200 medley relay, notching a 1:57.01 just missing the school record of 1:56.49. Murphy, Minsky, Grey, and Stanton combined to give the Green and White the fifth-place points.
In all, the Spartans swam 15 individual events at tonight’s finals – an important statistic as only the top-16 from the morning’s preliminary heats make the evening’s events. A great sign that the program is moving in the right direction.
With day two now complete, the Spartans find themselves in fourth place with 267 points. Currently Marymount stands in third with a catchable 323 points.
York returns to action on Sunday in the final day of the 2010 CAC Championships. Preliminaries for the 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, and 200 butterfly will be run in the morning as will the beginning heats of the 1650 freestyle. In the evening session, the 400 freestyle relay is slated to close out the championships.
Photo: The members of the 800 free relay squad that took second at the CAC Championships, by way of crushing the previous school-record, celebrate as they receive their silver medals.