Women’s Swimming : Three More Golds Push Bullets to the Top

GETTYSBURG COLLEGE
GETTYSBURG COLLEGE

The times continued to drop on the third day of the Centennial Conference Swimming Championships with host Gettysburg College claiming three more gold medals and surging to the lead in the team standings with only one more day of competition left in the Bullets Pool.
 
Team Standings
1. Gettysburg, 623.5
2. Swarthmore, 588
3. Franklin & Marshall, 292
4. Washington, 234.5
5. Dickinson, 213
6. McDaniel, 173
7. Bryn Mawr, 165
 
Gettysburg’s Top Performers

  • 200 Freestyle Relay – 1st, 1:35.15 (SCHOOL RECORD, NCAA “B” Cut)

  • 400 Individual Medley

    • Megan Wojnar ’22 (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) – 1st (4:32.73)
    • Annabel Gorman ’23 (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) – 3rd (4:42.05)
  • 100 Butterfly

  • 200 Freestyle

  • 100 Breaststroke

    • Katie Cooper ’22 – 2nd (1:05.27 – SCHOOL RECORD)
    • Talia Moss ’23 (Toronto, Ontario/Lawrence Park Collegiate Instituted) – 3rd (1:05.71)
  • 100 Backstroke

    • Hannah Wasson ’23 – 1st (57.19/57.18 in prelims – SCHOOL RECORD)

 
Meet Highlights

  • Gettysburg followed up an impressive showing in the prelims with more record-breaking times in the night session, beginning with a big win in the 200 free relay. Swarthmore broke out to the early lead and held about a half-second advantage heading into the final 50 yards. Crilly, who won gold in the 50 free on Friday, torpedoed through the water and overtook Yadav at the turn to close with a blistering split of 23.12. Gettysburg’s time of 1:35.15 broke the previous school mark set earlier this season by 1.63 seconds and slid under the NCAA “B” cut. It was the Bullets’ first 200 free relay win since 2011.
  • Wojnar posted the top time in the prelims of the 400 IM and the sophomore held up to that standard by dropping nearly four seconds off her morning swim. She established an early lead and broke away from the pack during the backstroke to finish almost seven seconds ahead of the field. She was the silver medalist in the event last season and earned her first individual gold. Gorman grabbed the bronze with the seventh-fastest time in program history at 4:42.05.
  • Wasson and Clancy clinched the silver and bronze in the 100 fly. The two first-years couldn’t catch Swarthmore’s Liz Gallagher (56.84), but they turned in a pair of top-10 times in program history at 58.21 and 58.41, respectively.
  • Crilly logged a personal-best time of 1:54.99 in the 200 free prelims, which was also the third-fastest swim at Gettysburg. She was the top seed and held the lead through the first 50 yards before Anna Lyn from Swarthmore overtook her at the halfway point. Lyn went sub-30 on each of her final two splits to break away for the gold. Sears gave the Bullets another top-three finish by seizing the bronze in 1:56.59.
  • It took a pool record to prevent another Gettysburg gold medal in the 100 breaststroke. Four Bullets featured in the finals with Cooper and Moss challenging Annabella Boardman for the top of the podium. The Swarthmore swimmer set a new pool standard at 1:04.80, just ahead of Cooper’s school-record breaking time of 1:05.27. Moss finished with the bronze and the third-fastest 100 breast time in program history at 1:05.71.
  • Wasson produced one of the best swims of the prelims by taking down Savannah Llewellyn’s ’18 100 back record. Wasson earned the top seed in the prelims with a time of 57.18 – 0.10 seconds below Llewellyn’s 400 medley split from 2018. The Gettysburg first-year was just 0.01 off that pace in the finals, out-dueling fellow first-year Sarah Caron from Dickinson for the gold.

 
By the Numbers

  • Gettysburg leads Swarthmore by 35.5 points in the team standings. The smallest margin of victory at the conference championship is seven points by Gettysburg (633) over Ursinus (626) in 2013.
  • The Bullets placed 17 swimmers in five individual championship heats Saturday.
  • Gettysburg has set seven school records this weekend in the 50 free, 50 back, 100 back, 100 breast, 200 free relay, 200 medley relay, and 400 medley relay. The Bullets have also posted NCAA “B” cut times in 200 medley relay, 200 free relay, and 50 free.
  • Gettysburg has won a total of seven gold medals. That is the best total since the team won nine events in 2008. The Bullets have won more gold medals this weekend than the previous six seasons combined (6).

 
Next Up
The 2020 Centennial Conference Swimming Championships conclude Sunday with prelims at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. The morning includes prelims in the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, and opening heats of the 1,650 free. The night session opens with the finals of the 1,650 followed by finals in the aforementioned events. The CC meet finishes up with the 400 freestyle relay. Following the conclusion of the meet, team champions will be crowned along with the naming of Most Outstanding Performer, Outstanding Rookie Performer, and Coach of the Year.
 

This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

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