Women’s Swimming Takes a Dip Against F&M: Shorewomen rack up seven first-place finishes in near-win

By Kelsey Newborn

Elm Staff Writer

In an intense, but exciting matchup on Nov. 19, the Franklin & Marshall Diplomats out-swam the Shorewomen swimmers.  However, the final score of 116-88 does not show the impressive finishes and times contributed by the leaders of the team.

Despite seven first place finishes in eleven events, the Shorewomen fell to 3-2 overall, 1-2 in the Centennial Conference.  Impressively, the team won both relays in the meet.  The 200 medley relay team of freshman Hilary Badger, junior Jenna Moore, sophomore Alix Batesko, and freshman Elizabeth Miskiel, topped the event in 1:54.63.  In the 200 freestyle relay, Miskiel, junior Ellen Liebenow, sophomore Sarah Sykes, and Badger put up a season-best time of 1:43.81.  The strong finishes of the relay teams gives hope for better results in upcoming meets.

Always performing at the top, senior Rachel Glasser won three events, the 200 freestyle (1:57.59), the 100 butterfly (1:00.85), and the 500 freestyle with a Washington College season best of 5:09.92.  Other notable top finishes came from Moore, with wins in the 50 freestyle (25.01) and 100 breaststroke (1:08.61), both season best times.  Miskiel also put up a time of 55.75 in the 100 freestyle, making her the ninth fastest Shorewoman swimmer in that event all time.

The Shorewomen return to the pool for a two day invitational meet at Franklin & Marshall on Dec. 4-5, looking for redemption.

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