YORK, PA - The York College women’s swim team (1-1, 1-1 CAC) opened up their 2009 campaign with a Capital Athletic Conference tri-meet victory over visiting Hood College (0-3, 0-2 CAC), 208-38 while taking a loss to perennial power the University of Mary Washington Eagles (4-1, 3-0 CAC), 188-73. However, a bright future for the Spartans began to illuminate with the emergence of several young contributors.
The first showing of underclassmen charisma was issued by the Green and White’s Chelsea Ross (Paoli, Pa./PA Cyber). Ross garnered a swift second place finish in the 1,000-yard freestyle in a time of 11:20.07 as the Spartan rookie fell just short of UMW’s Missy Kobiela.
The trend continued into the 200-yard freestyle when transfer student, Heather MacLennan (Galena, Md./St. Mark's) battled for a second place finish. MacLennan held a good pace early riding off of the Eagles Sarah Crockett's hip through the first 150 yards. Then off of the final turn the Spartan sophomore turned on the heat but was out touched at the wall as Crockett’s 1:56.49 bested MacLennan by a mere four-tenths.
Kathy Murphy (Farmingdale, N.J./Colts Neck), a Spartan sophomore, secured a third place showing in the 100 yard backstroke where her strong walls kept her up to pace with two Eagle swimmers. Murphy touched in at 1:05.22.
The Spartan youth movement continued in the 100 breaststroke. Freshman Alex Minsky (Newton, Pa./Council Rock North) pushed Mary Washington counterpart Megan DeSmit throughout the first 70 yards, garnering a strong second place finish with a time of 1:13.34.
Junior Lisa King (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) and freshman Amanda Silcox (Lebanon, Pa./Cedar Crest) garnered second and third-place finishes for the Green and White, respectively, in the 200 butterfly. King turned in a time of 2:23.48, which proved less than a second before Silcox’s 2:24.81.
Just before the meet’s first intermission, Spartan senior Ashley Stanton (Columbia, Md./Hammond) grabbed second in the 50-yard freestyle. Stanton’s dash through the water resulted in a 26.45 time – two-hundredths ahead of UMW’s Chelsie Adams.
Picking up where she left off after a strong freshman campaign, Michaela Guild (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) glided through the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 58.00. Finishing just under 60 seconds provided Guild with second place in the event.
One of the night’s most exciting races came in the 200 backstroke as MacLennan and Crockett faced-off once again. Through the first 100 yards, the pair were stroke-for-stroke, however Crockett pulled ahead just slightly over the final 100 to secure the victory. Crockett put in a time of 2:11.41 just ahead of MacLennan’s 2:11.66.
Minsky provided the home squad with another second-place performance in the 200 breaststroke. The Spartan rookie swam her way to a comfortable runner-up spot with a 2:40.61.
The 500-yard freestyle saw Kaitlin Crean (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Warde) nab third for the Green and White (5:45.61) while Silcox also came in third in the 100-yard butterfly (1:04.45).
The Spartans captured third in both relays with times of 1:56.49 in the 200-yard medley and 3:52.55 in the 400 freestyle.
York makes a quick turnaround as the Spartans return to action tomorrow, November 7, with a trip to CAC foe Marymount as the Green and White look to avenge last year’s 166-74 defeat. The Spartans and Saints take to the pool at 2:00 p.m. in Arlington, Va.
Lisa King photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh (www.sharpedgephoto.smugmug.com)
Meet story written by Garrett Wampler - York College
sports information student intern