Shorewomen Rack Up Ten Golds at Centennials

Shorewomen Rack Up Ten Golds at Centennials

Glasser Repeats as Most Outstanding Performer;
Washington Finishes Third Overall

LANCASTER, PA - The Washington College women's swimming team swept all five relay events and won the most gold medals of any team for the second year in a row at the Centennial Conference Championships. The Shorewomen took home 10 of the 18 golds (up from seven a year ago), finishing third of eight teams overall at the meet, which was held Friday, yesterday, and today at Franklin & Marshall College. Junior Rachel Glasser (Silver Spring, MD/Springbrook) repeated as the meet's Most Outstanding Performer. Glasser won gold medals in all three of her individual events, breaking four conference records in the process. She was also a part of four of the Shorewomen's five gold-medal winning relay teams - two of which broke conference records and two more of which broke school records. Senior Kathy Gerhart (Phoenixville, PA/Phoenixville Area) won a pair of individual gold medals, was on all five gold-medal winning relay teams, and broke the school record in the 100 freestyle.

Day One
The Shorewomen got off to a fast start on the first day of the meet, winning gold in four of Friday's five events and also winning silver in one of those four events. Gerhart, sophomore Jenna Moore (Catonsville, MD/Mount de Sales), sophomore Mary Stroman (Bala Cynwyd, PA), and Glasser started things off with a gold medal in the 200 freestyle relay in a school-record 1:38.17. Glasser then won gold in the 500 freestyle in a Centennial Conference-record 4:58.41, an NCAA Division III Championship automatic qualifying time. Gerhart followed with a gold in the 50 freestyle in a Washington College season-best and NCAA provisional qualifying time of 24.36. Moore was right behind Gerhart in the 50 freestyle, winning silver in 24.56 to become the Shorewomen's second-fastest swimmer ever in the event. Senior Amy Smith (Phoenixville, PA/Phoenixville Area), Moore, Glasser, and Gerhart rounded out the night with a gold medal in the 400 medley relay in a school-record and NCAA provisional qualifying time of 3:59.64.

Three Shorewomen turned in 11th-place finishes on Friday. Freshman Sarah Sykes (Haworth, NJ/Northern Valley-Demarest) was 11th in the 500 freestyle in 5:19.15 to become the school's seventh-fastest swimmer ever in that event. Freshman Melanie Craig (Newtown, PA/Council Rock) was 11th in the 200 individual medley in 2:18.42, while Stroman was 11th in the 50 freestyle in 25.63 to become the Shorewomen's eighth-fastest swimmer ever in that event. Sophomore Morgan Phillips (Charlottesville, VA/Albemarle) finished 14th in the 50 freestyle in 25.91.

Day Two
The second night of finals started the same way as the first as the Shorewomen won gold in another relay as Smith, Moore, freshman Alix Batesko (Mountain Lakes, NJ/Mountain Lakes), and Gerhart placed first in the 200 medley relay in 1:51.44. Glasser added to her gold medal total by breaking her second conference record of the meet, finishing first in the 100 butterfly in an NCAA Division III Championship automatic qualifying time of 56.00. The Shorewomen made it four-for-four in relay events by taking gold in the 800 freestyle relay as Gerhart, Stroman, Sykes, and Glasser won the race in a conference-record and NCAA provisional qualifying time of 7:51.28. Moore picked up her second silver of the meet by finishing second in the 100 breaststroke in a WC season-best time of 1:07.91 to become the Shorewomen's second-fastest swimmer ever in that event.

Sykes and Phillips each recorded a fifth-place finish during the second night. Sykes was fifth in the 400 individual medley in 4:58.21 after swimming a WC season-best 4:57.81 in the preliminaries, while Phillips was fifth in the 100 backstroke in 1:02.89 to become WC's eighth-fastest swimmer ever in that event. Smith placed eighth in the 100 backstroke in 1:03.93. Freshman Emma Jackovitz (Bel Air, MD/Bel Air), Batesko, Stroman, and Craig each had a ninth place finish on Saturday - Jackovitz in the 400 individual medley in 4:58.77, Batesko in the 100 butterfly in 1:01.96, Stroman in the 200 freestyle in 1:59.38 - making her WC's seventh-fastest swimmer ever in that event, and Craig in the 100 breaststroke in 1:08.68 - making her WC's fourth-fastest swimmer ever in that event. Freshman Darcy Zink (Baltimore, MD/Towson) and sophomore Laura Risell (Collegeville, PA/Perkiomen Valley) finished 12th in 1:04.50 and 14th in 1:04.88, respectively, in the 100 backstroke. Jackovitz also placed 16th in the 100 butterfly in 1:03.75.

Day Three
Glasser opened the final night of finals by winning gold in the 1650 freestyle in a conference-record time of 17:07.48, an NCAA Division III Championship automatic qualifying time. Her time of 10:20.25 over the first 1000 yards broke the conference record in the 1000 freestyle. Gerhart collected the Shorewomen's ninth gold medal with a WC season-best and NCAA provisional qualifying time of 52.84 in the 100 freestyle. Gerhart, Moore, Stroman, and Glasser closed out the meet with the Shorewomen's 10th gold medal, winning the 400 freestyle relay in a school-record and NCAA provisional qualifying time of 3:34.81. Gerhart led off that relay with a 52.46, breaking the school record in the 100 freestyle and giving her another NCAA provisional qualifying time.

Craig took seventh place in the 200 breaststroke in 2:32.94, after swimming a WC season-best 2:32.94 in the preliminaries to become the Shorewomen's fourth-fastest swimmer ever in the event. Moore was eighth in the 200 breaststroke in 2:33.30, while Sykes placed eighth in the 1650 freestyle in 18:21.37 to become the Shorewomen's seventh-fastest swimmer ever in that event. Stroman took ninth in the 100 freestyle in 55.38 to become the Shorewomen's seventh-fastest swimmer ever in that event, while Jackovitz was 10th in the 200 butterfly in 2:21.65. Zink placed 11th in the 200 backstroke in a WC season-best 2:16.93 to become WC's 10th-fastest ever in the event. Phillips was 12th in 2:18.44 and Smith was 13th in 2:18.46 in the same event. Sophomore Kelly Dunbar (Williamsburg, VA/Lafayette) was 13th in the 200 breaststroke in 2:35.46.

Glasser will compete at the NCAA Division III Championships at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN, March 17-20. Gerhart and the Shorewomen's 400 medley, 400 freestyle, and 800 freestyle relay teams await word on whether or not its provisional qualifying time will make the cut.

Franklin & Marshall won the team championship, followed by Gettysburg in second.

WC Gold Medals (All-Centennial Conference)
Gerhart, Moore, Stroman, Glasser - 200 freestyle relay - 1:38.17 (school record)
Rachel Glasser - 500 freestyle - 4:58.41 (school & conference record)
Kathy Gerhart - 50 freestyle - 24.36
Smith, Moore, Glasser, Gerhart - 400 medley relay - 3:59.64 (school record)
Smith, Moore, Batesko, Gerhart - 200 medley relay - 1:51.44
Rachel Glasser - 100 butterfly - 56.00 (school & conference record)
Gerhart, Stroman, Sykes, Glasser - 800 freestyle relay - 7:51.28 (school & conference record)
Rachel Glasser - 1650 freestyle - 17:07.48 (school & conference record)
Kathy Gerhart - 100 freestyle - 52.84
Gerhart, Moore, Stroman, Glasser - 400 freestyle relay - 3:34.81 (school record)

WC Silver Medals (All-Centennial Conference Honorable Mention)
Jenna Moore - 50 freestyle - 24.56
Jenna Moore - 100 breaststroke - 1:07.91

Other Records Broken
Rachel Glasser - 1000 freestyle (during 1650) - 10:20.25 (school & conference record)
Kathy Gerhart - 100 freestyle (as lead-off in 400 free relay) - 52.46 (school record)