Men’s swimming conquers McDaniel College; women’s team suffers loss

By Austin Allen 

Elm Staff Writer  

The Washington College men’s swim team finished its dual meet season on great terms with a 50-33 win. The meet took place in Westminster at host McDaniel College on Saturday afternoon at Harlow Pool in a huge Centennial Conference men’s swimming meet. This was the final dual meet of the season for both squads. 

In the beginning, freshmen Jackson Graham swam the 50 freestyle in 22.37. 

Graham said, “I enjoy competing in the 50 freestyle because I feel that is one of my strengths and it just felt good to help my team in any way possible.” 

Then, senior leader Seth Wrigley captured the 100 butterfly in 54.03 seconds and took second in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:54.65. 

 Wrigley said after the meet, “I swam hard and competed all the way through. Of course, as a competitor you want first place, but I’m happy to get second and it was a good meet all the way around.” 

Wrigley is a former Centennial Conference All-Sportsmanship player in 2016. 

He also said, “With Jake and I being the only two seniors on the team, we try to lead as much as possible, so our guys can have great leadership and it helps get us wins.” 

Sophomore Joe Bozzi took the top spot in the 100 freestyle with a great time of 50.67. In the 2019 Centennial Conference Championships, Bozzi finished 15th overall in the 100 butterfly. 

Bozzi said, “I love to go out there and help my team get wins, that’s what it’s all about. Coach told us to go out there and compete for one another and that’s what we did.”

Gage Mandrell, a freshman, notched first in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:57.21. Mandrell also nabbed second in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:00.24. 

Mandrell said, “To be able to notch first in the 500 freestyle was huge for my confidence and big for our team.” 

The 400 freestyle relay team­—that consisted of Graham, Wrigley, Mandrell, and Nate Braddock —grabbed the best time that marked 3:17.89. Sophomore Andrew Feeley, Bozzi, Graham, and Braddock of the 200 medley relay team had a time of 1:42.76 that allowed them to receive first place points for the meet. Then, Braddock landed second in the 100 backstroke with a time of 55.95 and Feeley was second in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:05.56. 

The Shoremen finish their dual season with an overall record at 3-8 and 1-4 in conference play. The Green Terror end their dual season campaign at 3-7 and 0-6 respectively. 

Up next for the Shoremen, are the Centennial Conference Championships on Feb. 20 hosted by Gettysburg. 

The WC women’s swim team was edged out on Saturday, Feb. 8, by host McDaniel, 45-41, at Harlow Pool in Centennial Conference women’s swimming action. The Shorewomen fought hard as the meet came down to the final event, the 400 freestyle relay. The Green Terror (3:43.90) won by 1.6 seconds over the Shorewomen (3:45.50). 

Sophomore Alexa Luecke finished out the first meet in first place in the 100 butterfly in a time of 1:02.67, and the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:12.38. 

Luecke said, “I just went out there and gave my best effort and the results showed.”

The Shorewomen went 1-2 in the butterfly as freshman Kristina Curley finished with a time of 1:03.27. 

Sophomore Teresa Draves saw victory as well in the 200 freestyle. She won the event in 2:02.76. Draves took second place in the 100 backstroke with a great time of 1:03.27. 

Senior Savannah Quade, sophomore Emily Homer, Luecke, and junior Allison Gallagher were the 200 medley relay crew. They won the race in 1:58.32 and the squad of senior Ana Reynoso-Zimmerer, senior Alex Searles, freshman Kristina Curley and sophomore Anna Hall completed the 1-2 for the Shorewomen in the time of 1:59.94. 

Gallagher ended up finishing second in a great effort for the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:21.23. Hall also placed second in the 100 freestyle with a time of 57.38. 

Gallagher said, “We just continued to fight each time and continued to believe in each other.” 

Wiecki earned second in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:44.98. The team of Draves, Curley, junior Lindsay Strauss and Gallagher had the time of 3:45.50 in the 400 freestyle relay. 

The Shorewomen finished their dual meet season at 4-8 overall and 1-5 for conference play. The Green Terror concluded their dual meet season at 5-6 overall and 2-5 in conference. 

Up next for the Shorewomen is the Centennial Conference Championships that will be hosted by Gettysburg College on Thursday, Feb. 20.

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