By Gabby Devaud
Elm Staff Writer
Last Wednesday night, sophomore Elizabeth Miskiel and junior Sarah Sykes each won two individual events to lead the Washington College women’s swim team to its 25th consecutive victory over Salisbury University. The Shorewomen won the meet 117-88, and improved their record to 2-1 with the win.
Sykes believes “the women’s swim team is off to a great start this season. Everyone has been working really hard both in and out of the pool. We have already had some fast times this season, and I know we will have many more.”
Sykes won the 1,000 freestyle in a time of 11:38.03 and won the 500 freestyle in 5:40.59. Miskiel won first place in the 200 freestyle in 2:03.41 and won the 100 freestyle in 56.49. Sophomore Hilary Badger added a first-place finish in the 50 freestyle with a time of 25.50, and freshman Alicia Howard won the 200 individual medley in 2:25.24. Senior Morgan Phillips won the 100 backstroke in 1:05.46. Washington also won both relay events. The 200 medley relay team consisting of Phillips, Miskiel, Badger, and senior Ellen Liebenow won the relay in a time of 1:56.54. The 200 freestyle relay team made up of Sykes, Howard, Badger, and senior Mary Stroman won the relay in 1:46.43. Freshman Ashley Maurizi placed second in both distance events, finishing the 1000 freestyle in 11:43.97 and the 500 freestyle in 5:43.01.
In their swim meet last Friday, the Shorewomen fell 134-69 to visiting St. Mary’s (MD) and dropped their record to 2-2 with the loss. It was a tough loss for WC, as it was the first win the Seahawks have had over the Shorewomen since January 22, 1999.
Miskiel again won two events, capturing the 50 freestyle with a time of 25.78 and winning the 100 breaststroke in 1:10.43. The relay team consisting of Phillips, Stroman, Sykes, and Badger picked up first-place again in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:45.70. Phillips placed second in the 100 freestyle with a time of 57.39. Badger also earned second in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:04.82.
The Shorewomen return to the pool at home this Saturday versus visiting Franklin & Marshall in Centennial Conference action at 1:00 p.m.
Sykes commented on the sqauds schedule saying, “Our meet this Saturday against Franklin and Marshall is going to be extremely challenging.” F&M is a very strong team, and the second fastest in our conference (Gettysburg being number one). I do not expect to win the meet, but I also do not intend to let them win without a fight. I know my girls will swim their fastest this weekend, and the good part about swimming is that even if you lose a meet there are still plenty of opportunities to get a season or personal best time. That in itself is winning.”