Swim teams dominate over St. Mary’s College during home meet

The Shoremen defeat the Seahawks with a final score of 177-63 while the Shorewomen finish at 166-92

By Austin Allen 

Elm Staff Writer

The Washington College Men’s swimming team won all 14 events, en route to a 177-63 victory, over the opposing St. Mary’s College of Maryland. This was a non-conference meet that took place at the Casey Swim Center in Chestertown, Md. Both teams competed hard and fought in every second of the swim meet. 

At the start of the meet, juniors Andrew Feeley and Brett Edwards, freshman Jackson Graham, and senior leader Seth Wrigley led the Shoremen swim team with a win in the 200 medley relay. The four Shoremen showed a great outing in the beginning with a relay time of 1:40.58.                            

Feeley said, “This was huge for our team. We knew we had to come out and come out strong if we wanted to compete at a high level and win.” 

Freshman Jackson Graham said, “I am just happy I was able to contribute and help my team gain a win at home. I know how important it is to win at home with the crowd cheering and that’s all we as a team wanted to do.” 

Wrigley said, “I’m glad we all came together as a team and started out on a good start.” 

For the first 200 freestyle, Goose Nation TV Shoremn Swimmer Of The Meet, freshmam Gage Mandrell won three individual races for the Shoremen. Mandrell said “I was just happy to first get the win, and second compete at a high level. This is what our coach has been preaching and that’s all we want to do every time, is to get better.” 

Mandrell got first in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:48.59. The 500 freestyle in a time of 4:58.28, and the 200 individual medley in time of 2:03.47. 

Mandrell said after the meet, “I know it’s early, but I just wanted to set the tone for the team because we have a great group of guys who all put in so much work.” 

During the backstroke events, Feeley saw a clean sweep. The seasoned junior won the 100 backstroke in 54.03 and the 200 backstroke in 1:57.97. 

Graham swept the butterfly events, where he took first in the 200 with a time of 2:02.78 and the 100 with a time of 52.84. Graham said, “It was great to see my teammates all compete and come together, while doing well in their events.” 

Sophomore Nate Braddock stacked on a pair of first place finishes both the 1000 freestyle and the 100 freestyle. Times for each freestyle were 10:25.81 and 49.56, respectively. Braddock also finished second in the 200 individual medley. 

Brett Edwards, a junior, won the 200 breaststroke in 2:17.38 and added a second place finish in the 200 freestyle, while senior Teague Sauter won the 100 breaststroke in 1:02.40. 

Sauter said, “As a senior, I try to lead my teammates and give them any advice I can give that will benefit us as a whole team.” 

Senior Dave Rovansek won the 50 freestyle in 22.90 and added second place finishes in both the 100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke. 

Wrigley added a pair of second place finishes in the 200 and 100 butterflies, while Michael Cebzanov finished second in the 200 breaststroke. Edwards, Graham, Feeley, and Braddock ended the event by winning the 400 freestyle relay in 3:20.94. 

The Shoremen swim team improved to 2-4 on the season, while the Seahawks fall to 1-4. Up next, the Shoremen will host #16 Swarthmore at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 for a top-notch Centennial Conference match up. 

The WC Shorewomen swim team won 11 of the 14 events en route to a 166-92 victory over visiting St. Mary’s College of Maryland. This non-conference swim meet took place in the Casey Swim Center. Junior Allison Gallagher led the Shorewomen with three individual race wins on the night. 

Gallagher started the meet by claiming victory in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:04.02. During her 200 backstroke event, Gallagher’s time was 2:18.28, and in the 200 individual medley, she recorded a time of 2:20.51. 

Gallagher said, after the meet, “I just wanted to give it my all and try to do my best. It was definitely a tough meet, but everyone did what they were supposed to do and remained focus throughout.” 

Sophomore Anna Hall finished the meet in second in the 200 IM, with a time of 2:20.73. Freshman Alex May finished the 200 IM in the top three with a 2:25.03 recorded time. This gave the Shorewomen a 1-2-3 finish in the 2oo IM. May said, “I am really happy with how we performed and swam today. We showed resiliency and grit, and I am proud that we came out victorious.”

Hall added two wins in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:01.59, and a win in the 200 butterfly in 2:21.72. May also saw a win in the 200 freestyles with a recorded time of 2:07.64. 

May said, “It was very important for us to gain wins in any meet we could. We just wanted to stay together and remain competitive.” 

Freshman Kristina Curley saw a sweep during the distance events. She won the 1000 freestyle in 11:34.66, and she won the 500 freestyle in 5:40.37. This was huge for the Shorewomen and for the confidence of Curley. 

Curley, after the meet, said, “The way we competed showed our determination is how I knew we wanted to win.” 

Sophomore Teresa Draves had a day winning both the breaststroke events, the 100 in 1:12.00 and the 200 in a time of 2:33.00. Curley, Strauss, Draves, and senior Savannah Quade finished the meet with wins in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:51.25. 

Gallagher was named the Goose Nation TV Shorewomen Swimmer of the Meet. The Shorewomen improved to 2-4 on the season, while the Seahawks fell to 1-4. Next up, the Shorewomen will host #21 Swarthmore at 1 p.m.  on Saturday, Nov. 16 for a Centennial Conference match up.  

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