For the first time in program history, Gettysburg College swept the top awards from the Centennial Conference with senior Kate Crilly ’20 (Shrewsbury, N.J./Ranney School) being named Outstanding Performer of the Meet, freshman Talia Moss ’23 (Toronto, Ontario/Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute) earning Outstanding Rookie Performer, and Head Coach Greg Brown landing Coach of the Year.
Gettysburg tied Swarthmore College with 11 all-conference performers, including eight that received first-team recognition. The Bullets won 11 events at last weekend’s Centennial to claim their record 15th team championship.
Crilly closed her career with an outstanding performance at the conference meet, winning the 50 free (23.80) and 100 free (51.99) with program records and placing second in the 200 free (1:55.41). She also contributed to the gold-medal winning 200 medley, 400 medley, and 200 freestyle relays, helping the Bullets set new school standards in all three events. Crilly became the program’s first CC Outstanding Performer since Keira Heath ’10 in 2008. Crilly earned all-conference accolades in 15 events during her career, including five first-team nods this season.
Moss was tagged the program’s first Outstanding Rookie since Lea Candelmo ’16 in the award’s inaugural year in 2013. She opened the meet by winning the 200 IM (2:09.79) and added a silver medal in the 200 breast (2:22.41) and a bronze medal in the 100 breast (1:05.71). Moss earned first-team all-conference honors in the 200 IM and the 400 medley relay, while landing second-team status in the 200 breast.
Brown becomes Gettysbur’s first CC Coach of the Year since Mike Rawleigh in 2011. In his first year at the helm, he led the Bullets to their first conference team championship in seven years. Gettysburg posted NCAA “B” cuts in five races and broke 11 school records. The team, which finished 10-1 in dual competition, will send swimmers to the national meet for the first time in 12 years next month.
Four Bullets won individual championships to gain first-team all-conference status. Sophomore Katie Cooper (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) defended her conference title in the 200 breaststroke with a conference, championship meet, pool, and school record time of 2:20.69. Classmate Megan Wojnar (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) earned her first conference gold medals in the 400 IM (4:32.73) and 200 back (2:05.38), breaking her own program mark in the latter event. A pair of freshmen also graced the top of the podium with Elissa Clancy (Ridgefield, Conn./Ridgefield) winning the 200 fly (2:07.16) and Hannah Wasson (Nazareth, Pa./Nazareth) winning the 100 back (57.19). Both swimmers established new program records as well.
Clancy, Cooper, Wasson, and Cooper teamed up for a first-place finish in the 200 medley relay (1:44.30), while Moss swapped with Cooper alongside the other three in the 400 medley relay (3:52.71). Cooper, Crilly, freshman Regan Tait (Boyds, Md./Northwest), and sophomore Cate Kosko (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury East) brought home gold in the 200 free relay (1:35.15). All three relays set school records.
Additionally, Gettysburg finished runner-up in a number of events, earning those swimmers honorable mention All-CC status. Crilly and Moss earned honorable mention in the 200 free and 200 breast, respectively, with the senior also picking up the award in with a school record-setting performance in the 400 free relay (3:32.11) alongside freshman Grace Bobeck (Allentown, Pa./Salisbury), Koko, and Wojnar. Bobeck, Cooper, junior Katherine Sears (Glenmoore, Pa./Downingtown East), and Wojnar gained honorable mention All-CC in the 800 free relay (7:42.98).
Cooper narrowly missed sweeping the breaststroke events, finishing runner-up in the 100 in a program-record time of 1:05.27. Kosko swooped in from lane one to earn the silver in the 100 free (52.52), while Wasson added a silver in the 100 fly (58.21). Freshman Lauren Manning (West Hartford, Conn./Conard) rounded out the all-conference awards with a runner-up showing in the 1,650 free style (17:39.76).
Additionally, senior co-captain Katie Idank (Jackson, N.J./Jackson Memorial) was named to the CC All-Sportsmanship Team.
Crilly, Cooper, Clancy and Wasson will compete in the 200 medley relay at the NCAA Division III Championships on March 18 in the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C. Crilly will also swim in the 50 free that day.
This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.