ST. MARY’S CITY, MD – The York College women’s swimming team closed out the 2010 Capital Athletic Conference Championships Sunday, nabbing a fourth-place finish with 415 points marking the Spartans' best finish in over a decade. Heather MacLennan (Galena, Md./St. Mark’s) captured a fantastic individual victory for the Spartans, nabbing the 200 backstroke league title.
MacLennan’s 2:07.37 not only gave the Green and White an individual triumph but it also slashed the school record, set by MacLennan earlier this year, by over four seconds, as well as garnering her second NCAA "B" cut of the Championships.
The sophomore was nothing short of astounding during the Championships. Individually, she picked up first-, second-, and third-place finishes while helping two Spartan relays to a silver and bronze.
That relay bronze came in the final women’s event of the Championships, the 400 freestyle relay, where the Spartans notched a 3:43.56. Liz Grey (Bensalem, Pa./Nazareth Academy) led off the Green and White with a 56.19 split before fellow sophomore Michaela Guild (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) completed a quality 56.53 second leg. Spartan rookie Chelsea Ross (Paoli, Pa./PA Cyber) then ripped off a 56.02 third 100 as MacLennan finished the relay with a 54.82. An extremely young relay squad, these four have a chance to be special in years to come.
In the 1,650 freestyle, which began the day 3 finals, Guild swam to a school-record 18:34.17 to best her own previous mark set in 2009. Falling behind pace early, Guild turned it up over the last 1,000 to establish the new program-best and grab fifth for the Spartans. Senior Kaitlin Crean (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Warde) finished 11th while Alison Beverly (Andover, N.J./Newton) took 13th.
Ross, who would later perform so admirably in the 400 relay, posted a new school-best time in the 100 freestyle. The talented rookie posted a strong 55.46, besting MacLennan’s old mark by 0.2 seconds. Grey nabbed 11th in the event while senior Ashley Stanton (Columbia, Md./Hammond) finished just one slot behind Grey.
Joining MacLennan on the podium in the 200 back, freshman Kathy Murphy (Farmingdale, N.J./Colts Neck) placed seventh with a 2:15.98 while Molly Wasik (York, Pa./Spring Grove) tabbed a 2:19.25 to take eighth.
The 200 butterfly saw junior Lisa King (Bel Air, Md./C.Milton Wright) collect a consolation victory, finishing ninth overall with a 2:24.16. Freshman Amanda Silcox (Lebanon, Pa./Cedar Crest), a young Spartan who bolsters the list of talent underclassmen, finished 12th while Beverly took 16th.
Alex Minsky (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) and Flor Aroche (Spring, Texas/Tomball) each posted top-16 times for the Green and White in the 200 breaststroke event.
With the 2010 CAC Championships now complete,
the Spartans bid adieu to their five seniors. Aroche, Crean,
Stanton, Wasik, and Kristin Leonard (Herndon,
Va./Herdon) helped the Green and White to a 27-22 record
over the previous four seasons. This class, the first in Spartan
history to have called the Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center
Natatorium home for their entire four years, have brought the
Spartans up the CAC ladder from finishing seventh of nine team in
the 2007 CAC Championships to landing in fourth out of seven this
Photo: Heather MacLennan sports her newly captured gold medal after winning the 200 backstroke