Spartans All Smiles in Their First Meet of 2010

YORK, PA – The York College women’s swimming team returned to the pool in triumphant fashion Friday evening besting visiting College of Notre Dame (Md.) by a 138-39 result. The victory improves the Spartan record to 7-4 overall for the season.

After not competing in a meet for over a month, focusing squarely on training during the semester break, the Green and White nabbed eight victories in their first outing of 2010, including both relay events. With a shortened College of Notre Dame squad, the Spartans were able to move swimmers around in the lineup providing time in different events for various student-athletes.

York led off the meet against the Gators with a 2:00.01 win in the 200 medley relay. Molly Wasik (York, Pa./Spring Grove), Flor Aroche (Spring, Texas/Tomball), Liz Grey (Bensalem, Pa./Nazareth Academy), and Ashley Stanton (Columbia, Md./Hammond) combined to open the new year in the win column for the Green and White.

In the 200 freestyle, Michaela Guild (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) collected the victory, touching the wall at 2:06.41 – York’s fifth-best time this season in the event.

Later, freshman Kathy Murphy (Farmingdale, N.J./Colts Neck) took the 200 IM with a time of 2:33.01 before Grey secured the 50 butterfly with a solid 28.79.

Heather MacLennan (Galena, Md./St. Mark's), despite the intense winter training period, posted a strong 56.77 in the 100 freestyle. That time proved to be York’s second-best in the event for the 2009-10 campaign, just 1.11 off MacLennan’s own 55.66.

The Spartans then garnered a pair of short 50-yard races, taking both the 50 backstroke and the 50 breaststroke. Wasik’s 30.49 in the backstroke secured first-place points while Aroche took the win in the breaststroke with a 34.25.

York would finish the meet with a 200 freestyle relay triumph. Stanton, Guild, Grey, and MacLennan combined for a 1:47.65 to take first in the evening’s final event.

In addition to installing the trio of 50-yard races to tonight’s program, the Green and White also swam the 1650 freestyle for the first time this season. Freshman Meg Dailey (New Windsor, N.Y./Cornwall Central) provided the Spartans with their best finish in the race, taking second with a 21:26.86.

York would secure second in all ten races, including Dailey’s in the 1650. Alison Beverly (Andover, N.J./Newton) took the runner-up spot in the 200 free (2:15.44) before Kate Estes (Athens, Pa./Athens Area) nabbed second in the 50 freestyle (27.37). Estes would later take second again in the 100 free with a time of 59.10 – just sixth-hundredths of a second off her best 100 time of this season.

Kaitlin Crean (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Warde) backed up Murphy’s time in the 200 IM with a 2:34.96 while Amanda Silcox (Lebanon, Pa./Cedar Crest) posted a 29.55 in the 50 butterfly. Silcox would go on to take a pair of second-place finishes as she also nabbed the runner-up position in the 50 backstroke (31.29).

Alex Minsky (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) provided York with additional second-place points in the 50 breaststroke by turning in a 35.14.

Both of the Spartan relay squads secured second in their respective races. Murphy, Minsky, MacLennan, and Guild posted a 2:01.80 in the 200 medley before Estes, Lisa King (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright), Bethany Moore (Fort Meade, Md./Meade Senior), and Wasik registered a 1:49.85 in the 200 free relay.

As has been common throughout this season, the Green and White have a quick turnaround. The Spartans return to action tomorrow, Saturday, January 16, as they head to Collegeville, Pa. where York will take on Ursinus in a 1:00 p.m. dual meet.

RESULTS

Ashley Stanton photo courtesy of Scott Guise

NOTE: There was no men's meet this evening - the College of Notre Dame (Md.) is a women's college. The men's times listed in the results were swam as exhibitions.