Elm Staff Writer
Both the men’s and women’s swim teams took on the Centennial Conference Championships this weekend at Gettysburg College. The Shorewomen took an overall sixth place out of eight teams and the Shoremen took sixth as well.
The teams began the meet on Thursday, Feb. 21 starting with the men’s and women’s 200 medley relay and the men’s and women’s 800 freestyle relay.
On Friday the morning of Feb. 22, they had both men’s and women’s 500 free preliminaries, 200 Individual Medley preliminaries, and the 50 free preliminaries. at night, they had the 500 free finals, 200 IM finals, 50 free finals, and the 400-medley relay.
Saturday morning, Feb. 23, both teams competed in the 400 IM prelimim, 100 butterfly prelims, 200 free prelims, 100 breast prelims, and the 100 back prelims.
In the evening, they held the 200 freestyle relay, 400 IM finals, 100 y nals, 200 free finals, 100 breast- stroke finals and the 100 backstroke finals.
On the final day of the championship, the swimmers participated in the 200 back prelims, 100 free prelims, 200 breast prelims, 200 y prelims, and the 1650 free in the morning half of the day.
In the evening, there was the 1650 free event, 200 back finals, 100 free nals, 200 breast finals, 200 fly finals, and the 400 free relays.
For the Shorewomen, senior Julia Portmann was in the top eight in three different individual events. Portmann placed h in the 1650 freestyle with17:45.45, seventh in the 500 freestyle in 5:13.55, and eighth in the 200 freestyle in 1:58.55. Freshman Anna Hall placed sixth in the 200 butterfly in 2:12.45 to become the Shorewomen’s sixth fastest swimmer in that event. Senior Tricia Markey placed seventh in the 1650 freestyle in 18:10.98 to become the Shorewomen’s eighth-fastest swimmer ever in that event. She also turned in a 1000 freestyle split of 11:04.35 allowing her to become Washington College’s eighth-fastest 1000 freestyle swimmer ever.
Sophomore Teresa Draves placed ninth in the 200 breaststroke in 2:30.51 to become the Shorewomen’s h-fastest swimmer ever in that event and 11th in the 400 individual medley in 4:46.84 to become their sixth-fastest ever in that event.
Freshman Alexa Luecke became the Shorewomen’s 10th-fastest 200 freestyle swimmer ever with her 1:58.73 lead-o in the 800 freestyle relay and their 10th-fastest 100 free-style swimmer ever with her 54.71 lead-o in the 400 freestyle relay.
Senior Anna Schmittle finished 14th in the 200 freestyle in 1:58.46 to become the Shorewomen’s ninth fastest swimmer ever in that event.
Ursinus College won the Centennial Conference Championship with 816.5 points.
Swarthmore College placed second with 676, and Gettysburg College third with 596.5. Franklin & Marshall College took fourth place with 408 points, beating Dickinson College, with 397. The Shorewomen had 287, McDaniel College finished with 178, and Bryn Mawr College came in eighth with 155 points.
For the Shoremen, sophomore Andrew Feeley won gold in the 200 backstroke for the second year in a row, breaking his own school record and swimming an NCAA Division III Championship provisional qualifying time.
Sophomore Brett Edwards tied for fourth in the 100 breaststroke in 58.54 and was sixth in the 200 breaststroke in 2:10.13.
Junior Brendan Jones finished seventh in the 200 individual medley in 4:10.24. He was seventh in the 400 individual medley in 4:10.24, 11th in the 500 freestyle in 4:45.05, and 14th in the 200 butterfly in 1:59.07. His 1:44.93 lead-o time in the 800 freestyle relay made him the seventh-fastest 200 freestyle swimmer for WC.
Junior Aidan Sullivan finished seventh in the 100 freestyle, mak- ing him the Shoremen’s h-fastest swimmer ever in the event with a time of 46.65. His lead-o leg of 21.28 in the 200 freestyle relay made him the Shoremen’s sixth-fastest swimmer ever in the 50 freestyle.
Freshman Nate Braddock n- ished 11th in the 1650 freestyle in 17:07.57 and 13th in the 500 freestyle in 4:47.83, becoming the Shoremen’s h-fastest swimmer in that event ever.
Swarthmore won the Centennial Conference Championship with 845.5 points. Gettysburg was second with 630. Franklin & Marshall 543 points got third, beating Ursinus with 527 points. Dickinson came in fifth with 398, the Shoremen follow- ing with 268.5 points, and McDaniel nishing last with 142.