By Brian Klose
Elm Staff Writer
In their first conference meet since the break, the Shoreman dominated the Dickinson Red Devils, winning eight of 12 events. Sophomore Pat Elliot would account for two of the team’s six individual wins while the Shoremen also took the 400 medley and 400 freestyle. The victory would put the team at 6-1 on the season.
After spending most of their winter break training and fine-tuning, the team rang in the new semester with a pair of dominating home wins, including two record-breaking performances from junior Lucas Morgan. Morgan had three individual wins in an effort that handed Widener University their first loss of the season.
The meet against Widener was WC’s first of two back-to-back meets the weekend before students returned to campus. With the rest of the campus relatively deserted, the Casey Swim Center was the focal point of action in Chestertown. The Widener Pride entered the meet with six wins and one draw, giving the Shoremen a tough challenge. After winning 12 of 14 events, however, it was clear the squad maintained the confidence they had built through an already successful season. Morgan shined, winning the 1000 freestyle, the 100 breaststroke, and the 200 breaststroke, leading his team to a resounding 175-86 victory over their non-conference opponent. The win improved the Shoremen’s overall record to 4-1.
The following day, WC faced visiting Elizabethtown College in the second of their back-to-back home stand. The impressive 131-36 win over the Blue Jays came with a strong showing from the underclassmen, including freshman Cody Weiler, sophomore Brent Hochstein, and freshman Kevin Mackenzie. Morgan, with a time of 17:02.78, broke the Eugene B. Casey Swim Center record for the individual 1650 freestyle event. The team of Yocum, Elliot, Lee, and Longnecker broke the second record, winning the 800 freestyle relay with a time of 7:17.18.
The meet against Elizabethtown showcased the increasing success of the team’s underclassmen swimmers.
“We have three talented freshman that helped right away in our lineup,” Head Coach Kim Lessard said. “Kevin Mackenzie already posted the second fastest 100 free time ever in WC history. Cody Weiler can swim so many events, he has really helped us with his diversity in events. Finnie Dorsch,recruited as a top distance freestyler, unfortunately had mono this fall, so he is still getting in shape, but will continue to be an important member of the squad.”
For the remainder of the season the Shoremen will come up against Centennial Conference rivals Swarthmore, Ursinus, and McDaniel before heading to Conference Championships in late February. WC is doing all they can to prepare for the tough road ahead.
“We were training over the break so now we can start to rest and fine tune individuals,” Lessard said. “There are many different events, 14 against Dickinson, so we are not focused on one specific event. It is how the 15 men can help the lineup. Some are distance swimmers, some are sprinters, some have to move around based on the team we are swimming.”
The Shoremen’s next meet comes on Jan. 31 against conference opponent Ursinus, who currently sits at no.4 in the standings with a conference record of 3-2.