December 5, 2009

Marauders Down Spartans in Dual Meet

MILLERSVILLE, PA – Coming off last night’s pair of victories, the York College women’s swimming team could not ride that momentum as they fell 117.5-87.5 at Millersville University Saturday afternoon. Despite the loss, sophomore Heather MacLennan (Galena, Md./St. Mark's) picked up a pair of individual wins while leading off York’s triumphant 400 freestyle relay squad.

MacLennan’s first victory of the afternoon came in the 200 freestyle as the sophomore clocked in at 2:01.97. Classmate Michaela Guild (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) captured second in the event finishing in 2:05.64.

The 200 backstroke provided MacLennan’s second individual victory. She cruised to a 2:12.26, finishing over five seconds ahead of the second-place finisher, despite recording just her third-best time of the season.

The 400 free relay belonged to the Spartan side as MacLennan, Liz Grey (Bensalem, Pa./Nazareth Academy), Chelsea Ross (Paoli, Pa./PA Cyber), and Ashley Stanton (Columbia, Md./Hammond) combined to bring in first-place points.  York’s 3:51.17 edged Millersville’s “A” squad by more than a full second.

The Spartans’ 400 medley squad of Kathy Murphy (Farmingdale, N.J./Colts Neck), Alex Minsky (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North), Amanda Silcox (Lebanon, Pa./Cedar Crest), and Guild garnered second to lead off the meet. Their combined 4:25.18 proved four-and-a-half seconds better than York’s previous best this season in the relay event.

Individually, the Spartans collected five second-place finishes, including Guild’s runner-up spot in the 200 free. The sophomore also captured second in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:42.07. Kaitlin Crean (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Warde) recorded third with a 5:46.39 while Alison Beverly (Andover, N.J./Newton) secured fourth for the Spartans with a 5:52.45.

The Green and White also grabbed the second through fourth spots in the 1,000 freestyle. Crean recorded second with an 11:56.02, Beverly third with a 12:00.75, and Ross fourth courtesy of a 12:01.93 time.

Minsky tallied second in the 200 breaststroke with a 2:40.76. The rookie’s individual second-place finish proves her second in as many days as Minsky took second in the 100 breaststroke less than 24 hours prior.

York’s final runner-up finish came courtesy of Grey in the 100 butterfly. Grey touched the wall at 1:04.84 to top her previous season-best of 1:06.12 established on November 21 at St. Mary’s. Silcox nabbed third in the event, clocking in at 1:05.28.

In preparation for the grueling Capital Athletic Conference Championships at the end of the season, the Spartans face back-to-back meets again next weekend. York squares off with Elizabethtown in a 6:00 p.m. home contest Friday evening before hosting Gallaudet and Penn-State Altoona in a 1:00 p.m. tri-meet on Saturday, December 12.

RESULTS

Lisa King photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh (www.sharpedgephoto.smugmug.com)

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