Gettysburg Great Moments: Women’s Swimming Wins 2020 CC Championship

One of the top moments from the 2019-20 sports season at Gettysburg College came in the pool when the women’s swimming program laid claim to its 15th Centennial Conference championship in front of the home crowd.

The women’s swimming program had long been the Centennial’s top team, but it had been seven years since the last championship sat in the display case. That changed in 2020 behind a new head coach, a determined senior class, and a bevy of young talent.

View the video above for insight from 2020 CC Most Outstanding Performer Kate Crilly ’20 and check out the original release below.

Original Release – Feb. 23, 2020

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – The Gettysburg College women’s swimming team captured four more gold medals to put a final exclamation point on its record 15th Centennial Conference championship inside the Bullets Pool Sunday evening.

Team Standings
1. Gettysburg, 887.5
2. Swarthmore, 856
3. Franklin & Marshall, 430.5
4. Dickinson, 345.5
5. Washington, 335.5
6. McDaniel, 251
7. Bryn Mawr, 237

Gettysburg’s Top Performers

  • 1650 Freestyle
    • Lauren Manning ’23 (West Hartford, Conn./Conard) – 2nd (17:39.76)
    • Katherine Sears ’21 (Glenmoore, Pa./Downingtown East) – 3rd (17:49.61)
  • 200 Backstroke
    • Megan Wojnar ’22 (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) – 1st (2:05.38 – SCHOOL RECORD)
  • 100 Freestyle
    • Kate Crilly ’20 (Shrewsbury, N.J./Ranney School)  1st (51.99 – SCHOOL RECORD)
    • Cate Kosko ’22 (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury East) – 2nd (52.52)
  • 100 Breaststroke
    • Katie Cooper ’22 (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) – 1st (2:20.69 – SCHOOL RECORD, NCAA “B” Cut, Championship Record, CC Record, Pool Record)
    • Talia Moss ’23 (Toronto, Ontario/Lawrence Park Collegiate Instituted) – 2nd (2:22.41)
  • 100 Butterfly
    • Elissa Clancy ’23 (Ridgefield, Conn./Ridgefield) – 1st (2:07.16 – SCHOOL RECORD)
    • Annabel Gorman ’23 (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) – 3rd (2:09.20)
  • 200 Freestyle Relay – 2nd, 3:32.11 (SCHOOL RECORD)

Meet Highlights

  • The final session began with the fastest heat of the 1,650 freestyle. Manning broke out to the early lead before slowly giving way to Hannah Kloetzer from Swarthmore about 650 yards into the race. Kloetzer kept her splits in the low 32-second range on her way to an NCAA “B” cut time of 17:33.02. Manning pulled through for the silver in 17:39.76 with Sears turning in her best finals finish in third at 17:49.61.
  • Wojnar picked up her second gold medal of the meet by leading a trio of Bullets in the 200 back finals. The sophomore trailed Dickinson’s Sarah Caron by a hundredth of a second after 50 yards, but quickly established the lead by the next turn and cruised to a three-second win. Wojnar also lowered her program standard by 0.21 seconds with a time of 2:05.38. Manning followed up her 1,650 performance by placing fifth (2:09.12), while senior Becca Maroney (Darien, Conn./Darien) finished seventh (2:12.05).
  • The 100 free featured the top two times in Gettysburg’s history. Crilly topped herself again, beating her own record with a blistering pace of 51.99 and adding a second individual gold medal to her resume this weekend. With all eyes focused on Crilly in the middle of the pool, Kosko sped to the wall for the silver in lane one with a personal-best time of 52.52.
  • The same story played out in the 200 breaststroke finals as Cooper and Moss posted the top times in school history. Cooper crushed the pool, conference, and championship meet standards and hit a national qualifying time with a mark of 2:20.69 to earn her second consecutive gold medal in the event. Moss finished right behind her teammate with a time of 2:22.41.
  • Clancy busted loose for a record-breaking performance in the 200 fly. The first-year was running fourth after the first 50 yards and third midway through the race, but she turned on the burners for the final 100 yards and came out with the fastest time in program history at 2:07.16, besting the former record set by Kelly Brennan ’00 in 1998. She wasn’t alone on the podium as Gorman touched the wall third with the fourth-fastest time (2:09.20) at Gettysburg.
  • Holding a slim 31-point lead over Swarthmore, Gettysburg left nothing to chance heading into the final race of the night, busting out with a win in the consolation final and grabbing silver in the final heat. Bobeck, Kosko, Wojnar, and Crilly closed the race in 3:32.11, establishing another program standard. Swarthmore earned the top spot with a national cut time of 3:29.41.

By the Numbers

  • Gettysburg’s 31.5-point margin of victory was the closest at the conference meet since Ursinus edged Franklin & Marshal by 23.5 points in 2015.
  • The Bullets have claimed 15 of the 26 Centennial titles since 1994. Gettysburg won its first title since 2013 and its first championship in front of the home crowd since 2012.
  • The Orange and Blue claimed 11 of 18 gold medals. That is the program’s best performance since winning 13 conference championship races in 1998. Gettysburg won a total of 30 medals overall during the 2020 meet.
  • Crilly was named the Most Outstanding Performer of the Meet, becoming the first Bullet to cop the award since Keira Heath in 2008. The senior won the 50 free (23.80) and 100 free (51.99), while earning silver in the 200 free (1:55.41). She set personal bests in all three events and established new program records in the 50 (23.65) and 100. Crilly also posted an NCAA “B” cut in the 50 free.
  • Moss earned Rookie Outstanding Performer after earning medals in all three of her individual events. She won the 200 IM with a time of 2:09.79 on Friday night and claimed bronze in the 100 breast (1:05.71). Moss added a silver in the 200 breast (2:22.41) Sunday night. She is the team’s first CC Rookie Outstanding Performer since Lea Candelmo ’16 in 2013.
  • Gettysburg set a total of 11 school records at this year’s conference championship, including four in relay events. Crilly had a hand in six of those records this weekend.
  • The Bullets posted NCAA “B” cut times in the 200 medley relay and 200 free relay. Both Cooper and Crilly also hit national qualifying marks. The field of invitees for the 2020 NCAA Division III Championship on March 18-21 will be announced in the coming weeks.

What the Coach Said
“It was an amazing session tonight. They won the championship by just out-swimming Swarthmore. It was a lot easier yesterday than it was today. They had to win races, they had to win events, and they had to come out on top in almost everything. They did and I’m really proud of them. We had unbelievable leadership from Becca (Maroney), Karley (Devine), Katie Idank, and Crilly. It was just amazing and I couldn’t have asked for anything more. I’ve never won a championship and this is a special moment for me. But none of this is without the team and those young ladies. They were just amazing.”
– Head Coach Greg BrownPrint Friendly Version

This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

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