Spartans Cruise By Blue Jays, 180-80

Spartans Cruise By Blue Jays, 180-80

YORK, PA – Twelve event wins, including ten individual triumphs, led the York College women’s swimming squad to a 180-80 victory over Elizabethtown College Friday evening from York’s Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center. The Green and White swing their 2009-2010 mark back to .500 at 4-4 while the Blue Jays suffer just their second loss of the season as they are now 5-2.

Two Spartans won multiple individual events on the evening as senior Molly Wasik (York, Pa./Spring Grove) and freshman Alex Minsky (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) each nabbed two races for the Spartan side. Wasik took both the 100 backstroke (1:05.26) and 200 backstroke (2:19.28) events.

Minsky, who is off to a spectacular start to her collegiate career, recorded her first-place finishes in the 100 and 200 breaststroke races. The rookie Spartan clocked in at 1:15.00 and 2:42.79, respectively.

The 500 freestyle event, perhaps the contest’s most competitive race, belonged to Chelsea Ross (Paoli, Pa./PA Cyber). Another one of the Spartans’ exceptionally talented freshmen, Ross edged out Elizabethtown’s Lindsay Riley by a miniscule .03, registering a 5:42.39 for the tight victory.

York led off the night in fine fashion, as the 400-medley relay team of Heather MacLennan (Galena, Md./St. Mark’s), Minsky, Liz Grey (Bensalem, Pa./Nazareth Academy), and Ross cruised to the meet-opening victory, swimming to a 4:19.34.

Following the 400-medley squad, sophomore standout Michaela Guild (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) made it back-to-back triumphs for the Green and White as she recorded an 11:29.67 in the 1,000 free to secure first-place points for the Spartans.

In the 200 butterfly, Lisa King (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) grabbed the win with a 2:24.56, outpacing rookie teammate Katelyn Romm’s (Chester, Md./Kent Island) 2:45.22.

MacLennan and Guild went 1-2 in the 100 freestyle as MacLennan timed in at 56.21 while Guild took a 58.21.

Grey, one of York’s quality sophomore-class members, recorded first in the 100 butterfly (1:04.37) while Amanda Silcox (Lebanon, Pa./Cedar Crest) came in second with a 1:05.02. Silcox also finished second in the 200 backstroke, cutting over eight seconds from her seed time with a 2:25.08.

Shaving well over two seconds off her seed time, Alison Beverly (Andover, N.J./Newton) captured the 400 IM triumph. The junior covered the race’s four legs in 5:05.01 to take the win.

Fellow junior Flor Isabel Aroche (Spring, Texas/Tomball) nabbed a pair of second-place finishes for the Green and White. Aroche garnered the runner-up spot in the 100 breaststroke (1:17.33) and the 200 breaststroke (2:48.24) events while cutting over 2.5 seconds from her 200 seed time.

Senior Ashley Stanton (Columbia, Md./Hammond) took second in the 50 free with a 26.70.

York completed the bookends with a commanding victory in the 400 freestyle relay. Stanton, Grey, Ross, and MacLennan combined for a 3:51.72, outpacing teammates Kate Estes (Athens, Pa./Athens Area), Bethany Moore (Fort Meade, Md./Meade Senior), Wasik, and Guild who finished with a 3:57.60.

The Spartans will have little time to revel in Friday’s victory, as the Green and White return to action on Saturday, December 12. York hosts Penn State-Altoona and Capital Athletic Conference foe Gallaudet in a 1:00 p.m. double-dual meet.



Liz Grey photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh (