Men’s and women’s swimming dominate in Randolph-Macon two-day Invitational with record-breaking times

By Jensyn Hartzell
Sports Editor

The Washington College women’s swimming team placed first in the Randolph-Macon Yellow Jacket Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 4 in Richmond, Va. The Shorewomen ended with a final score of 1,424.5 points.

The meet consisted of 10 teams and occurred over the course of two days.

In the 100 butterfly, freshman Kylee Smith broke the sixth-fastest time in WC history with a time of 59.47, but placed second in the race. Fellow freshman Ayana Davis placed fourth in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:00.69.

Senior Teresa Draves placed third in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:47.46; freshman Lilly Hartmann also competed in this race, ending in seventh with a time of 4:52.98.

Third place was taken by senior Alexa Luecke and seventh place was taken by sophomore Emma Schultz in the 200 freestyle with times of 1:59.26 and 2:00.01.

In the 100 butterfly event, senior Anna Hall ended fifth with a time of 1:00.73, and sophomore Kenley Hewitt placed sixth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:09.20.

The 800 free relay team consisted of freshman Emily Iampieri, Schultz, Luecke, and Smith. They were able to take second place with a time of 7:58.20.

Draves, Luecke, Smith, and sophomore Laurel Krause finished third together in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:51.46.

The Shorewomen continued to place high in competitions throughout the weekend, which racked up enough points for them to place first in the tournament. Behind them in second place was Randolph-Macon College and third was Lynchburg College.

The WC men’s swimming team participated in the same event and placed second in the overall competition with a final score of 1,406.5. The Shoremen were bested by Catholic University, who ended with a 1,409.5 score.

Freshman Zach Affeldt won the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:11.30. This became the fifth-fastest time in WC history in this event. Affeldt also won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 58.05, the second fastest time in WC history for this event.

The 200 freestyle was won by junior Gage Mandrell with a time of 1:43.54. This was the sixth-best time in WC history.

Sophomore Bianti Danaj took first in the 100 butterfly with a time of 52.48. Fellow sophomore Benjamin Wilson placed second in the 100 backstroke event with a time of 51.49. Freshman Chase Hensen also placed second in the 100 backstroke with a time of 58.63.

Third place for the 200 freestyle was taken by senior Nate Braddock with a time of 1:47.38. Freshman Jack Poleto achieved seventh in the 400 individual medley, and freshman Grayson Wright placed eighth behind Poleto with a time of 4:27.99.

The 200 medley relay team took first and consisted of Wilson, Hensen, Danaj, and Mandrell. They finished with a time of 1:34.15.

Poleto, Affeldt, Braddock, and sophomore Justin Morris swam the 800 free relay together, but placed second with a time of 7:12.96. The Shoremen and Shorewomen will meet again after winter break on Jan. 22 at Ursinus College at 1 p.m.

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