By Brian Klose
Elm Staff Writer
The Washington College women’s swim team finished their season this weekend at the Centennial Conference Championships hosted by Gettysburg College. The Shorewomen kept up their competitive spirit throughout the three-day event and finished the weekend with 289 points and placed seventh overall in the meet. Many of WC’s freshmen shined throughout the event, including a fourth place finish in the 100 breaststroke from Jennifer Clune and a ninth-place finish in the 100 backstroke from Joelle Williamson that broke the school record for the event.
Entering the competition with an overall record of 5-6 and a Centennial Conference record of 3-5, the Shorewomen had some steep competition to overcome including Ursinus, who entered the weekend as defending champions. The Bears of Ursinus eventually emerged from the weekend victorious and claimed their second-straight conference title.
Many of the individual performances from the Shorewomen showed a lot of promise for the future of the team. Sophomore Ellen Maxwell finished in the top eight in three individual events including a season-best finish in the 1,650 freestyle. Maxwell became the school’s sixth-fastest swimmer in the event, and finished eighth in both the 500 freestyle and 400 individual medley. The finishes capped off a stellar season for Maxwell, who placed in the top-three for the school’s season-best times in 10 out of 14 individual events.
Freshman Katie Gorman also had a solid weekend of performances. Gorman claimed two season-best times in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly, and she became the fifth-fastest and ninth-fastest swimmer in those events. After a preliminary time of 54.68, Gorman also became the school’s seventh-fastest swimmer in the 100 freestyle.
Clune’s fourth place finish in the 100 breaststroke, a time of 1:07.65, was a Shorewomen season-best. The performance also made her the school’s third-fastest swimmer in the event. Clune claimed another season-best performance in the 100 freestyle, and became the fourth-fastest swimmer ever for the Shorewomen in the distance.
While the seventh place finish in the championship competition may not have been their best, the Shorewomen have much to look forward to in terms of their long-term success. A big storyline for their season was the incredible underclassmen performances that made the team true up-and-comers. All 14 of the season-best times for individual events were claimed by either freshmen or sophomores this season. Their 3-5 conference record was also their best since their 5-1 record in the 2009-2010 season.
Centennial Conference Championship Results
1. Ursinus Bears (667.5 points)
2. Franklin & Marshall Diplomats (644 points)
3. Gettysburg Bullets (586.5 points)
4. Dickinson Red Devils (472 points)
5. Swarthmore Garnets (438 points)
6. McDaniel Green Terror (323 points)
7. Washington College Shorewomen (289 points)
8. Bryn Mawr Owls (141 points)
* second consecutive title for Ursinus