ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The York College women's swimming team recorded a strong day at the 2011 Capital Athletic Conference Championships. During the second day of competition, the Spartans moved up one place in the standings, broke another school record, and snagged their first medal of the weekend.
After starting the day in sixth, the Green and White now stand in fifth place overall (219 points) and are only 27 points behind fourth-place Salisbury.
In the 100 butterfly, freshman standout Anna Schuster registered her second school-record time in her first CAC Championships. After established a new program-best in the 200 IM yesterday, the Spartan rookie posted a 1:01.60 in the 100 fly breaking the previous standard of 1:01.87.
York's 800 freestyle relay team picked up the Spartans' first medal of these Championships as they combined for an 8:19.33. Kathy Murphy, Jenny Hinkle, Chelsea Ross, and Michaela Guild put together a fantastic race to secure third for the Green and White.
Guild also provided York's best individual finish of the day. The junior notched a fifth-place 2:00.17 in the 200 freestyle while sophomore teammate Ross took eighth with a 2:03.90.
Ross also swam in the finals of the 100 backstroke as she and Murphy finished seventh and eighth, respectively. Ross posted a 1:04.50 while Murphy came in at 1:04.93.
Notably, the Spartans placed four swimmers in the consolations of the 100 breaststroke. Freshman Kelsie Pike, sophomore Mandy Oldham, sophomore Alex Minsky, and freshman Danielle Marino each scored for the Green and White, which bodes well for the future of Spartan women's swimming.
York returns to the pool for the final time in the 2010-2011 season on Sunday for the conclusion of the CAC Championships. The final day of competition, beginning with morning preliminaries, is slated for a 10:00 am start.
Photo: York's 800 freestyle relay team of Michaela Guild, Chelsea Ross, Jenny Hinkle, and Kathy Murphy on the display their medals after taking third in the event.