Men’s Swimming Defeats Gettysburg On Senior Day

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Photos by Cindy Lin.
The teams' seniors. From left to right: Michael Ahn, Kyle Skolfield, Reid Wilkening, Claire Shelden, Anne Miller, Casey Osborn, Danny Friel.

On senior day and in their final home meet of the year, the Swarthmore men’s and women’s swim teams took on the Gettysburg Bullets on Saturday, with the Garnet men besting the Bullets 117-88, but the women falling 111-94.

On the men’s side, the Garnet improved their record to 4-3 overall and 3-1 in the Centennial Conference as they defeated the Bullets for the second consecutive time the teams have met in Swarthmore.

The men swam an almost flawless meet, finishing first and second in the 100-yard freestyle, 50-yard freestyle, and 200-yard butterfly. Freshman Daniel Duncan ’13 led the Garnet with first place finishes in the 200-freestyle and 200-butterfly, while Tyler Hanson ’13 and Josh Satre ’13 also paced the Garnet in the 1000-freestyle.

While the performance of freshmen sent the message that Swarthmore men’s swimming is built for the future, seniors also came through for the Garnet in their final competitive swim at Ware Pool.

Danny Friel ’10, the team’s Senior Captain, placed fourth in the 50-yard freestyle with a finish of 23.22, while Michael An ’10 and Friel finished fourth and fifth respectively in the 100-yard freestyle, earning important points for the Garnet.

The women’s team (4-4, 2-3 CC) started off the afternoon with a bang, with the Garnet winning the 400-Medley thanks to impressive performances from Melinda Neal ’11, Rosalie Lawrence ’12, Casey Osborn ’10, and Chelsea Brett ’11.

Anne Miller ’10, the Garnet’s All-American, followed with a victory in the next event, the 1000-freestyle. In her final meet at Ware Pool, Miller continued her dominance, recording two additional top times—the 200-freestyle and 500-freestyle, in addition to the 1000. Miller finished each of these races with season-best times and she has won all 10 of the events in which she has competed since winter break.

The Garnet also dominated the 200-butterfly, finishing first, second, and third as Hannah Gotwals ’13, Osborn, and Naomi Glassman ’12 all clocked in before the first Bullet’s finisher.

Claire Shelden ’10 finished second in both of her individual events, the 50-freestyle and 100-freestyle.

After their one-two-three finish (the 500-freestyle), the Garnet won just one more event before they fell to the Bullets, who have now won 19 consecutive Centennial Conference dual-meets.

The Swarthmore men’s and women’s swim teams will return into action on Saturday when they visit the Dickinson Red Devils. The meet is scheduled to begin at 1PM.

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