Swimmers Have Great Showing at Invitational: Glasser Qualifies for NCAAs in the 200 Butterfly, Helps Shorewomen Break Records

By Kelsey Newborn

Elm Staff Writer

The Shorewomen swimmers headed back to Franklin and Marshall over the weekend to participate in the Diplomats’ College Invitational, featuring 10 teams.  Although the team finished in sixth, the remarkable performances of the two day contest made the weekend memorable and well worth the trip.

The 200 freestyle relay team of senior Rachel Glasser, freshman Elizabeth Miskiel, freshman Hilary Badger, and junior Jenna Moore, won their event in a WC season best time of 1:38.78, to start the Shorewomen off on a strong note.  This was not the foursomes’ only stellar performance either, as they swept the medley relay events with a two season best times, the first in the 400-medley relay (4:02.33) and the second in the 200-medley relay (1:50.21).

In both events, Badger swam backstroke, Moore swam breaststroke, Glasser swam butterfly, and Miskiel swam freestyle.  Moore also finished second in two events, both in WC season-best times.  Her 1:06.95 finish in the 100 breaststroke was a personal best time and her second place 50 freestyle swim came in 24.65.  Moore added a fifth-place finish in the 100 freestyle to round out her stellar weekend.

Glasser qualified for the 2011 NCAA Division III Championships in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:04.36, finishing in first.  She also swam  provisional qualifying times for the Championships with a win in the 500 freestyle (5:00.88), a win in the 100 butterfly (57.70), and an exhibition entrance in the 1650 freestyle (17:20.56).  All of her individual times were WC season best times, as was her freestyle lead-off in the 800 freestyle relay (1:54.59).

Other notable performances were contributed by Badger, who became the Shorewomen’s seventh-fastest swimmer in the 50 freestyle with a ninth place finish in a time of 25.42, which proves how stiff the competition truly was.  Miskiel also set a personal best in the same event with a time of 25.53.

The team returns to the pool this Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Casey Swim Center hosting non-conference opponent Widener.

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