By Brian Klose
Elm Staff Writer
In their final meets of the regular season, the Washington College men’s and women’s swimming teams swept their Centennial Conference rival McDaniel in a dual meet at the Casey Swim Center. The Shoremen continued their season-long dominance in the pool, winning 124-74 and improving to 9-1 overall and 5-1 in the conference. Senior Austin Yocum finished his regular season career by breaking the CSC 200 freestyle record and winning with a season-best time of 1:44.07. The record was the first of two broken during the meet, and Yocum was named the Centennial Conference Swimmer of the Week for the second week in a row.
Historically, the Shoremen have had no trouble against McDaniel, winning the past five meets. The familiarity with their opponents was evident.
Sophomore Pat Elliot, freshman Kevin Mackenzie, senior Greg Lee, and Yocum started off the meet with a record breaking 4×400 medley performance, clocking in at 3:35.89. The achievement was just the beginning of the men’s dominance throughout the meet. The Shoremen, including junior Brent Longnecker, Yocum, freshman Finny Dorsch, freshman Cody Weiler, Lee, and junior Charles Logan, claimed six individual events. Longnecker became the eighth-fastest swimmer in WC history in the 200 freestyle with a second place time of 1:47.87.
For the Shorewomen, the exciting 111-94 victory over the Green Terror gave the squad a final win heading into the Centennial Conference Championships later this month.
The McDaniel men’s team dropped to 1-8 overall and 0-6 in the conference, while the women fell to 2-9 and 1-6.
Freshmen Jennifer Clune, Katie Gorman, and Mackenzie Gaze all won events that clinched the close victory. The Shorewomen improved to 5-6 overall and 2-5 in the conference.
The home win against McDaniel snapped a three-year losing streak against the Green Terror for the Shorewomen, and the victory was due very much to the stellar underclassmen performances.
Sophomore Ellen Maxwell swam to victory in three individual events during the meet, including a Washington College season best time in the 200 individual medley of 2:14.72. The time made Maxwell the fifth-best swimmer ever at WC in the event. Maxwell also clinched the 500 and 1,000 freestyle events.
Freshman Joelle Williamson added to her short but impressive career by claiming the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:01.29, a WC season best, and becoming the fourth-best all in the event. Her time passed a record set earlier in the season by Williamson herself.
Just as the men claimed the first event of the afternoon, the Shorewomen wrapped up the meet with a 4×400 freestyle relay win, swam by senior Alicia Howard, Gorman, Williamson, and Gaze. Their time of 3:43.63 was a season-best.
The wins for both squads give Washington College some very important momentum as they head up to Gettysburg College, the host of the 2015 Centennial Conference Championships, Feb. 20-22.