Men’s and women’s swimming break records against Seahawks

By Jensyn Hartzell
Sports Editor

The Washington College men’s swimming team saw victory on Nov. 20 against the St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s Seahawks. The final score of the meet was 154–82.

Junior Gage Mandrell won the 200-yard backstroke with a WC record-breaking time of 1:52.59. According to the WC Athletics website, Andrew Feeley ’21 held the record until this meet. Mandrell was triumphant in the 50 freestyle with a time of 21.53.

The 100 butterfly and 200 butterfly were both won by freshman Grayson Wright with times of 56.26 and 2:04.82. Fellow freshman CJ Dunker won the 1000 freestyle with a time of 10:24.23.

The 100 and 200 breaststrokes were won by freshman Zach Affeldt in 1:00.37 and 2:11.84.

Freshman Jack Poleto won the 200 in 1:54.42. Sophomore Bianti Danaj won the 100 freestyle with a time of 48.36 and senior Nate Braddock won the 500 freestyle in 5:03.89. Freshman Patrick Downes won the 200 individual medley in 2:11.82.

Another record was broken for WC in the 800 freestyle by Danaj, Affeldt, Mandrell, and freshman Chase Henson. They won with a time of 7:11.63, beating the record from 2019 that included Braddock, Feeley ’21, Aidan Sullivan ’20, and Brendan Jones ’20, according to the WC Athletics website.

The 200 medley relay team included Hensen, Danaj, Mandrell, and sophomore Benjamin Wilson with a winning time of 1:36.08.

Mandrell was named the Goose Nation TV Shoreman Swimmer of the Meet for his performance.

The Shoremen will meet again on Friday, Dec. 3, in the Randolph-Macon Invitational in Richmond, Va. at 1 p.m. Their overall record stands at 4–2.

The WC women’s swimming team was also triumphant over the Seahawks on Nov. 20 with a final score of 159-93 and record-breaking times.

The 800 freestyle relay team included freshmen Emily Iampieri and Kylee Smith and sophomores Laurel Krause and Emma Shultz. The Shorewomen won with a time of 8:05.59 that broke the 2015 record by a single second. The record was previously held by Katie Groman ’18, Ellen Maxwell ’17, Mackenzie Gaze ’18, and Julia Portman ’19, according to the WC Athletics website.

Seniors Teresa Draves, Alexa Luecke, Smith and Krause won the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:54.02.

The 500 freestyle and the 200 individual medley were both won by Lilly Hartmann with times of 5:31.71 and 2:16.31.

Junior Kristina Curley saw victory in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 11:34.75 and sophomore Kennedy Jones won the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:05.70.

Smith won again in the 200 butterfly in 2:18.77 alike to Iampieri in the 50 freestyle with a time of 25.29. Draves took the 100 butterfly in 1:02.90.

Hartmann was named the Goose Nation TV Shorewoman Swimmer of the Meet for her performance.

After the triumph over the Seahawks, the Shorewomen have an overall record of 4–3. They compete next at the Randolph-Macon Invitational in Richmond, Va. on Dec. 3 at 1 p.m.

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