Men’s and women’s swimming lose close meets to Ursinus 

By Maegan White 

Elm Staff Writer 

On Saturday, Jan. 21, the Washington College men’s and women’s swim teams hosted Ursinus College for their senior meets.  

Both teams lost in a close fight; the Shoremen with a score of 136-121 and the Shorewomen with a score of 143-119.  

The Shorewomen were led by sophomore Kylee Smith, who finished first in both her individual events: the 100 and 200 yard butterfly. Sophomore Ayana Davis took third in the same events, adding to the women’s score.  

Sophomore Emily Iampieri and freshman Lauren Paules each took first in one of their individual events. Iampieri took first in the 50 free, second in the 100 freestyle, and 200 yard freestyle. Paules took first in the 500 freestyle and secured a second place finish in the 1,000 yard freestyle, while junior Emma Schultz finished in second.  

Junior Kennedy Jones and sophomore Lilly Hartmann secured top three finishes in their individual events. Hartmann took second in the 200 yard individual medley, the 200 back, and third in the 100 back. Jones secured two third-place finishes in the 50 and 100 free.  

The 400 yard freestyle relay — made up of Smith, Schultz, Jones, and Iampieri — beat Ursinus’s relay by a half  second. The 200 yard medley relay composed of Hartman, Smith, Shultz, and junior Anna Miller took second. 

Senior captain Gage Mandrell led the Shoremen, taking first in all three of his individual events: 100 yard freestyle, 200 yard freestyle, and 200 yard backstroke.  

Sophomores Zach Affeldt, Justin Fitzpatrick, and Chase Hensen each won one individual event in the 200 yard breaststroke, 100 yard butterfly, and 100 yard breaststroke respectively. Affeldt also secured two top three finishes in the 200 yard individual medley and the 200 yard freestyle. 

Sophomore Will Schmidt and junior Bianti Danaj finished in the top three in both of their individual events. Schmidt took second in the 100 yard backstroke and third in the 200 yard backstroke. Danaj placed second in the 100 yard fly and third in the 50 freestyle.  

Sophomore Grayson Wright and juniors Justin Morris and Jay Dadhania also finished top three in one of their individual events.  

The Shoremen 200 yard medley relay out-touched Ursinus by .02 seconds, with Shoremen Schimdt, Hensen, Fitzpatrick, and Danaj. The 400 yard freestyle composed of  Mandrell, Schimdt, Hensen, and Danaj finished in second behind Ursinus. 

With Ursinus beating both teams, the Shoremen and women’s Centennial Conference records fall to 2-3 and 2-4 respectively.  

At the start of the meet, the Shoremen and women recognized their three seniors Alex May, Kristina Curley, and Gage Mandrell. Mandrell holds three school records and is ranked in the top ten of WC top-ten all-times in eight other events. May has the tenth fastest WC all-time record in the 100 individual medley. Centennial Conference named Curley to their Academic Honor Roll in 2021 and 2022.  

“As sad as it is to be moving on from swimming in less than a month,” Curley said,  “I am so proud of how far this team has come and I am very happy to be leaving behind an amazing team that is going to accomplish great things in the years to come.”  The Shoremen and women will race against Franklin and Marshall on Saturday, Jan. 28, in their last regular season meet. The Conference championships will be held Feb. 16-19 at Gettysburg College.

Caption: Men’s and women’s swim team on their training trip to Key Largo, Fla. between sets. 

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