By Pat Mariboe
Elm Staff Writer
The Shoremen headed into their Centennial Conference matchup against Swarthmore on Wednesday with a 6-1 overall record on the season and a 2-1 record in the CC. Washington College was looking to get their fifth straight win under their belt when they faced off against the Swarthmore Garnet in Pennsylvania.
Junior Lucas Morgan finished first in all three of his events, which included the 200 IM, 100 freestyle, and the 100 breaststroke. Senior Austin Yocum contributed with two first place finishes of his own in the 200 and 500 freestyle. The Shoremen went on to win all 11 events, with help from freshman Cody Weiler, sophomore Pat Elliott, and senior Greg Lee. The Shoremen won the meet 141.5-63.5, improving to 7-1 overall on the season and adding another conference victory to their tally.
In their second meet on Saturday, the Shoremen hosted the visiting Ursinus Bears in a conference matchup. Washington College won both the 400 medley and 400 freestyle relay with help from Elliot, Lee, Weiler, Yocum, junior Brent Longenecker, and freshman Kevin Mackenzie. It was a victorious day for the Shoremen all around, winning 12 of the 14 events, and winning the meet 168-94.
“The meet yesterday just showed how far we have come as a team,” Elliott said. “Last year we beat them by a tenth of a second on the last relay and this year we were top to bottom better. The mindset for this team is if we swim our best we can’t be beat.”
“It was a great feeling to shut down Ursinus,” Mackenzie said. “It is especially great to have a team that can pump each other up no matter who we’re racing.”
With the win against the Bears, the Shoremen improved to an 8-1 record overall, and a 4-1 record in the CC. They face-off against McDaniel next week in their last meet of the season before competing in the Conference Championships.
“McDaniel is interesting for us,” Lee said. “It’s our senior day so it will be emotional. We’re just excited to swim in our pool one more time before champs. It’s a great chance to improve our seed times heading into champs.”
“We’re going to treat next weeks meet just like any other,” Mackenzie said, “beating McDaniel will make us 9-1. However, our eyes are really set on Conference Championships and we’re ready.”
The Centennial Conference Championships start on Feb. 20 and the Shoremen are looking to have the highest seed possible as they remain one meet back of Gettysburg, who sit at 4-0. The Shoremen lost to Gettysburg earlier this season in their second meet by a score of 126-135.