Men’s and women’s swimming kick off conference play

Both swim teams fall to F&M in first conference match of the swim season and home-opener

By Jensyn Hartzell

Elm Staff Writer  

Men’s and women’s swimming splashed into their first home match of the season against Franklin & Marshall this past Saturday. 

Both the Shoremen and Shorewomen swam hard against the Diplomats for the win of their first Centennial Conference meet. 

Unfortunately, the swimmers lost this one, but they will meet Gettysburg on Monday, Nov. 11, giving them a chance for redemption. 

The athletes still competed in a thrilling meet, especially sophomore Shorewoman Teresa Draves, who won the 200 breaststroke for her team in 2:35:38 and placed second in the 200 freestyle in 2:03:45. 

After this meet, she is currently ranked third in the conference for the 200 breaststroke. Draves had been named the Goose Nation TV Shorewomen Swimmer of the Meet for her achievements as well. 

Along with Draves’ achievements, her fellow sophomore, Emily Homer, won the 100 breaststroke in 1:12:86. sophomore Alexa Luecke, sophomore, and sophomore Anna Hall both placed second in their races; Luecke in the 100 freestyle (55:91) and Hall in the 100 butterfly (1:101:74). 

After this match, Homer has been ranked sixth in the conference for her 100 breaststroke. The shorewomen overall lost 102 to Franklin and Marshall’s 151. 

Just as the women’s team did, the men also lost their meet at 85-157. But there were plenty of swimmers that exceeded Franklin and Marshall’s Diplomats. 

Andrew Feeley, junior, not only won the 200 freestyle in 1:47:50, but also the 200 backstroke in 1:55:63. He is now impressively ranked second in the 200 backstroke for the Centennial Conference. But this comes as no surprise as Feeley holds a school record for the 200 backstroke at 1:49:52. To top it all off, he was also named the Goose Nation TV Shoremen Swimmer of the Meet. 

There were plenty of other successful Shoremen diving in on Saturday. 

Junior Brett Edwards placed second in the 100 and 200 breaststroke (1:01:63, 2:13:88). Nate Braddock, sophomore, and Jackson Graham, freshman, joined Edwards in garnering second place; Braddock in the 100 freestyle (49.72) and Graham in the 100 butterfly (54.46). 

Braddock’s achievement in the freestyle has given fans even more reason to understand why he was named the 2019 team MVP. 

Overall, the Washington College Men’s Swimming team is 0-3 in their record, but are also scheduled to play at Gettysburg Saturday, Nov. 2. 

Gettysburg is ranked second in the Centennial Conference as a team, meaning the Shoremen and Shorewomen will have to fight hard for their win the next meet.

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