Ursinus Tops Spartans in Non-Conference Action

COLLEGEVILLE, PA – After a cruising victory yesterday, the York College women’s swimming team was unable to sustain that momentum as they fell to Ursinus 140-119 Saturday in Collegeville, Pa. The Spartans now stand at 7-5 on the season while the Bears hold a strong 8-1 mark.

Senior Molly Wasik (York, Pa./Spring Grove) and sophomore Heather MacLennan (Galena, Md./St. Mark's) each posted a pair of individual wins to bolster the Green and White’s efforts against Ursinus. Wasik began her two wins with a 2:19.29 triumph in the 200 backstroke. The senior would later tally a 2:22.48 in the 200 IM, one of her best times of the season.

MacLennan also posted her first victory of the day in a backstroke event, taking the 100 race. The standout underclassmen posted a 1:03.26 in the 100 back before later nabbing the 50 freestyle with a quick 25.82.

Sophomore Liz Grey (Bensalem, Pa./Nazareth Academy) tallied one of York’s six individual wins as she took the 100 butterfly with a 1:05.01.

Chelsea Ross (Paoli, Pa./PA Cyber), one of the Spartans’ lot of talented freshmen, picked up York’s first individual victory of the day. Ross secured the 200 freestyle for the Green and White, touching the wall at 2:05.06.

Ashley Stanton (Columbia, Md./Hammond), Grey, Ross, and MacLennan would take first-place points in the 400 freestyle relay – the women’s final race of the meet. The group combined for a 3:52.74. In the same event, Bethany Moore (Fort Meade, Md./Meade Senior), Kathy Murphy (Farmingdale, N.J./Colts Neck), Kate Estes (Athens, Pa./Athens Area), and Michaela Guild (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) captured runner-up points with a 4:03.18.

The Spartans led off the Ursinus dual meet with a second-place finish in the 400 medley relay. MacLennan, Alex Minsky (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North), Amanda Silcox (Lebanon, Pa./Cedar Crest), and Stanton finished the race in 4:22.50.

In the 200 butterfly, Lisa King (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) posted the runner-up spot with a 2:25.02 while Silcox, another standout rookie, came in at 2:25.53.

Ross, in addition to her first-place nod, secured second in the 100 freestyle (57.76), while Guild took third (58.89).

The Spartans return home on Saturday, January 23, as the Green and White celebrate “Senior Day” prior to a dual meet with Frostburg. The non-conference tilt, York’s final home meet of the 2009-10 campaign, is slated for a 1:00 p.m. start.

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Molly Wasik photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh (www.sharpedgephoto.smugmug.com)