By Andy Chirico
After a couple of January victories the Washington College women’s swimming team lost a couple of tough meets to Swarthmore and Ursinus. Losing 83-11 against Swarthmore and 117-145 versus Ursinus the Shorewomen dropped to 4-6 and stalled at only one Centennial Conference victory.
The Swarthmore Garnets were able to control the visiting Shorewomen despite the effort from Shorewoman of the Week sophomore Ellen Maxwell. Maxwell won her individual event in the 100 freestyle and came in second place in the 200 individual medley and the 500 freestyle. The 500 freestyle has been one of Maxwell’s strengths. In previous meets, she has come in first and second place.
Coming off a second place performance in the 100 breaststroke in the previous meet against Dickinson, freshman Jennifer Clune was able to seal the deal against Swarthmore taking first place.
“We are very excited with the addition of the freshman women this year to help us to have a strong women’s team. The depth has really helped improve our ability to score in every event,” Head Coach Kim Lessard said.
The team was able to come off this meet with some momentum winning the 200 freestyle relay in 1:44.34.
The Shorewomen lost to a very good team, Ursinus. The Bears were able to steal their sixth conference win and their tenth win of the season, keeping them undefeated. Unlike coming in second place in the 200 individual medley, Maxwell was able to snag first place against the Bears. Along with Maxell in individual wins, freshman Katie Gorman won her individual event in the 50 freestyle Falling just short of first place in their individual events was freshman Allie Grillo in the 350C1232 (gray).jpg 1,000 freestyle, freshman Mackenzie Gaze in the 200 freestyle, and Clune in the 100 breaststroke. Despite losing to an undefeated squad in Ursinus, WC is looking ahead to their final meet versus McDaniel on Feb. 7 at 1 p.m. in the Casey Swim Center. McDaniel and the Shorewomen are tied in the conference standings at 1-5. McDaniel is 1-8 overall on the season.
“I am excited to see everyone’s hard work payoff and watch the team compete in the Centennial Conference Championship at the end of February,” senior Emily Goodchild said.