Men’s and Women’s Swimming take historic losses in War on the Shore

By Maegan White

Elm Staff Writer

On Saturday, Nov. 5, the Shoremen and Shorewomen swim team lost to Salisbury University ending a historic winning. The Shorewomen won seven of the 14 events while the Shoremen won six of the 14 events.

The women lost in a close competition with a score of 139-121. This makes the Shorewomen’s record 1-4 and ends a 34 year winning streak against Salisbury.  

The Shorewomen were led by sophomores Lilly Hartmann and Kylee Smith who were the top scorers for the meet. Hartmann took first in the 200 meter backstroke and the 200 meter individual medley. She also secured a second place finish in the 100 meter backstroke. Smith took first in the 200 and 100 meter butterfly, her only two individual events for the meet.

Sophomore Emily Iampieri also had a first place finish in the 100 meter freestyle. She took second in both the 50 and 200 meter freestyle. She was out touched by her Salisbury competitors in both events losing the 50 meter by .02 seconds and the 200 meter by .18 second. 

Freshman Lauren Paules also had an outstanding performance finishing first in the 400 meter freestyle. 

The women’s team also had some second place finishes including junior Anna Miller in the 100 meter breaststroke and sophomore Ayana Davis in the 100 and 200 meter butterfly. Senior Kristina Curley finished third in the 800 meter freestyle and Emma Schultz finished third in both the 50 and 100 meter freestyle. 

The Shorewomen 200 meter freestyle relay composed of Iampieri, Miller, Smith, and Davis took first while the 200 meter medley relay composed of Hartmann, Miller, Smith, and Davis took second.

The Shoremen also lost to Salisbury 162-100 making their record for the year 1-3. 

The men’s team were led by senior Gage Mandrell and Sophomore Zack Affeldt who both won two of their three individual events. Mandrell took first in the 200 meter freestyle and the 200 meter backstroke. He secured a third place finish in the 50 meter freestyle. Affeldt won the 200 meter individual medley and the 200 meter breaststroke. He took second in the 100 meter backstroke finishing behind Shoremen sophomore Chase Hensen. Junior Bianti Danaj finished his 100 meter freestyle in first. 

Sophomore William Schmidt took second in the 100 meter freestyle and third in the 100 meter individual medley. Sophomore Justin Fitzpatrick also had a second place finish in the 100 meter fly. Freshman Joey Bonds finished third in the 100 meter butterfly.

The Shoremen finished the meet with a second place finish in the 200 meter freestyle relay composed of Mandrell, Hensen, Fitzpatrick, and Danaj.               

Senior captain Alex May said that overall the women’s team performed well in regards to seeded times. “The meet yesterday was definitely not what we expected nor wanted as a team. However, we had some great swims on Saturday, with people either staying consistent or dropping from previous meets,” said May. “I was super happy with how our team performed and could not be more proud of the Women’s team. While we lost Saturday’s meet, we will continue our rigorous training plan in hopes of winning our midseason meet at Randolph Macon later in the semester.” 

Junior captain Justin Morris said despite the loss, the team is confident about their home opener this weekend. Morris said, “We are at a good spot heading towards our mid season meet. McDaniel is our first home meet this weekend and we are heading into the meet with confidence. This week our practices are going to be tough but if we want to be champions, then we have to train like champions.”

The Shoremen and Shorewomen will host their home opener on Saturday Nov. 12 at 1 PM against conference competitor McDaniel University.

Photo courtesy of Justin Fitzpatrick

Photo Caption: Sophomore backstroker Lilly Hartmann taking on the 400 yard individual medley in a meet against Swarthmore.

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