By Pat Mariboe
Elm Staff Writer
The Shoremen finished a dominant 5-1 season in the Centennial Conference last weekend when they faced off against six other schools in the CC Championships. The Shoremen were looking to break their 20 year streak of not finishing in the top two spots when they travelled to Gettysburg, hoping to bring their regular season form into play.
Senior Greg Lee made a big impact for the Shoremen, winning two gold medals in both the 100 and 200 butterfly, each of which were record breaking times. Lee also became the Shoremen’s fifth-fastest 50 freestyle swimmer and eighth fastest 100 freestyle swimmer. Junior Lucas Morgan put in a memorable performance as well, winning gold in the 200 breaststroke, silver in the 400 individual medley, and bronze in the 200 individual medley. Morgan became the Shoremen’s third fastest swimmer ever in the 200 individual medley and the Shoremen’s fourth-fastest swimmer ever in the 200 breaststroke. Sophomore Pat Elliot won the team’s last individual silver medal of the day, finishing second in the 500 freestyle to break a school record.
Sophomore Brent Hochstein, junior Brent Longenecker, freshman Kevin Mackenzie, and senior Austin Yocum each won one individual bronze medal in their respective events. In the relays, Lee, Mackenzie, Longenecker, and freshman Cody Weiler won silver in the 200 freestyle. Lee, Mackenzie, Longenecker, and Yocum also won silver in the 4×400 freestyle, breaking a school record. The Shoremen finished off the relays by winning bronze in three other events, with help from Longenecker, Elliott, Morgan, Yocum, and junior Charles Logan.
The Shoremen finished the three day event with second place score of 594, something they haven’t accomplished since the Conference’s inaugural season in 1994. In front of them was Gettysburg with a score of 763.5, who won their fifth consecutive CC Championship. In third place was Franklin & Marshall, who finished with a score of 499.
“It was great fun to get second in this years Conference Championships,” said Mackenzie. “I’m beyond proud to be teammates with every one of these guys.”
The season is not over yet for Lee and Morgan, however, as they will have to wait to see if their qualifying times were fast enough to qualify for the NCAA Division III Championships, which will be held March 18-21 in Shenandoah, Texas.
“The best thing I’ve learned from this season is to never put a limit on potential,” said Mackenzie. “My captains have taken this team so far and I hope I can help continue that. In years to come, I can only see ourselves improving to first place at Champs, and I can’t wait.”