CHESTERTOWN, Md. — The Washington College women's swim team turned in its best performance at the Centennial Conference Championships in seven years last winter, placing fourth in the final team standings and taking home 10 medals. Of the seven Shorewomen who medaled in individual and/or relay events at those championships, all but one return for the 2017-18 season.
Six seniors dot this year's roster. Jenni Clune (Bowie, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) had an outstanding junior campaign, winning three individual and three relay medals at the conference championships, including gold in the 100 breaststroke. Her breakthrough season earned her Team MVP honors and a nod as a Scholar All-America honorable mention. She is the conference and school record-holder in the 100 breaststroke, the school record-holder in the 200 individual medley, the school's second-fastest swimmer ever in the 100 freestyle and, and the school's third-fastest swimmer ever in the 200 individual medley.
Katie Gorman (Whippany, N.J./Whippany Park) is another highly-decorated senior. She picked up four relay medals at last year's Centennial Championships and finished fifth in the conference in both the 50 and 100 freestyles. She ranks third all-time in the 50 freestyle at Washington College and fifth all-time in the 100 freestyle. Classmate Mackenzie Gaze (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) won a pair of relay silver medals at last year's conference championships and is among the Shorewomen's 10 fastest swimmers ever in the 50, 200, and 500 freestyles. Backstroker Maija Adourian (Phoenix, Md./Notre Dame Prep), the team's reigning Most Improved Swimmer, butterfly and distance swimmer Emelie Farrington (Neptune, N.J./Academy of Allied Health and Science), and freestyle and backstroke swimmer Alison Sanders (Dover, Del./Milford) complete the senior class.
Junior Julia Portmann (Palatine, Ill./William Fremd) was the team's Most Valuable Swimmer two seasons ago as a freshman. Last year, she captured silver in the 500 freestyle and bronze in the 200 and 1650 freestyles and picked up a pair of relay medals at the Centennial Championships. She ranks as the Shorewomen's third-fastest swimmer ever in the 500, 1000, and 1650 freestyles and is among the top 10 in three other individual events. Classmate Anna Schmittle (York, Pa./York Suburban) won three relay silver medals at last year's Centennial Championships and is the team's fifth-fastest swimmer ever in the 50 freestyle. Distance swimmer Tricia Markey (Ardmore, Pa./Merion Mercy Academy) and sprinter and butterfly swimmer Emma Silber (Cedar Grove, N.J./Cedar Grove) join Portmann and Schmittle as the team's juniors.
Lindsay Wiecki (Bristow, Va./OSbourn Park) and Alex Searles (Richmond, Va./Douglas S. Freeman) are the Shorewomen's most decorated sophomores. Wiecki won bronze in the 400 medley relay at last year's Centennial Championships and ranks fifth and sixth, respectively, all-time at the College in the 100 and 200 butterfly events. Searles, meanwhile, is the Shorewomen's eighth-fastest swimmer ever in the 100 breaststroke and ninth-fastest ever in the 200 breaststroke. Backstroke and freestyle swimmer Savannah Quade (Gaithersburg, Md./Damascus), backstroker Bailey Reigel (Kennett Square, Pa./Kennett), and breaststroke and freestyle swimmer Ana Reynoso-Zimmerer (Chula Vista, Calif./High Tech) complete the sophomore class.
Matt Harris returns for his second season as the Shorewomen's head coach and his sixth season overall on the coaching staff. Emily Rollo is the team's new assistant coach. Rollo was a seven-time All-American at Washington and Lee.
The Shorewomen will open their dual-meet schedule Saturday, October 21st, at Division I Delaware. They will open their home and Centennial Conference schedules one week later against Franklin & Marshall. Other home dual meet opponents include Salisbury, Swarthmore, St. Mary's (Md.), York, and Dickinson. Other road dual meet opponents include Gettysburg, Bryn Mawr, Catholic, Ursinus, and McDaniel. The Shorewomen will also compete at the Yellow Jacket Invitational in Richmond, Va., December 1st and 2nd. The 2018 Centennial Conference Championships will be held February 22nd-25th at Franklin & Marshall.