The Gettysburg College women’s swimming team isn’t done with its season quite yet as the Bullets will follow up their Centennial Conference championship victory by heading to the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships in Greensboro, N.C., on March 18-21.
The 200 medley relay team featuring senior Kate Crilly (Shrewsbury, N.J./Ranney School), sophomore Katie Cooper (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan), and freshmen Elissa Clancy (Ridgefield, Conn./Ridgefield) and Hannah Wasson (Nazareth, Pa./Nazareth) finished among the top 20 in the nation to earn a bid to the NCAA meet. The team opened the CC Championships with a school record and national-qualifying time of 1:44.30 to earn first place at the meet. Gettysburg will seek All-America honors in the event for the first time since 1997.
Additionally, Crilly will represent the Bullets in the 50 free. The senior is seeded 26th in the event after posting a program-record time of 23.65 in the conference prelims. She won her first-ever conference championship with a time of 23.80. Crilly was the CC Most Outstanding Performer of the Meet last weekend after winning the 50 free and 100 free and finishing second in the 200 free.
The last Bullet to gain national status in the 50 free was Megan Lewis ’99, who finished 14th in 1996.
All four members of the 200 medley relay earned conference titles and set school records this season. Cooper swept the 100 and 200 breaststroke races with school-record times of 1:05.27 and 2:20.69, respectively. Clancy broke a 22-year old program standard by winning the 100 butterfly in 2:07.16. Wasson posted a new mark of 57.18 in the 100 back prelims and went on to win the conference crown in 57.19.
The four swimmers will be Gettysburg’s first national reps on the women’s side since Keira Heath ’10 and Sarah Andryauskas ’09 in 2008. The Bullets will also be the only female representatives from the Centennial Conference.
Both the 200-yard medley relay and the 50-yard freestyle are schedule to take place on the opening day of the NCAA Championships on March 18. Trials begin at 10 a.m. with finals taking place at 6 p.m.
A total of 290 swimmers will represent 57 schools at the NCAA Division III Championships. The four-day event will be held at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C. The Old Dominion Athletic Conference and the Greensboro Aquatic Center will serve as hosts. For more information visit https://www.ncaa.com/sports/swimming-women/d3.
This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.