Men’s and women’s swimming dominates CC
By Emily Kleinburd, Staff Writer
The always impressive men’s and women’s swim teams both made it a clean sweep against Swarthmore College this past Saturday, remaining undefeated in the Centennial Conference. Both teams were dominant in their performances, the men’s team winning 191-71 and the women’s team winning in a 166-96 decision. Like Gettysburg, Swarthmore was also undefeated in the conference prior to the meet and had only lost one non-conference meet.
The men’s team won 12 of 14 events, including both relays and all but one freestyle event. Sophomores Mike Harmon and Jason Potter, who have stood out as one of the best duos in D3 of the sophomore class, were winners. Harmon touched the wall first in the 50-freestyle and the 200-backstroke ) and contributed to both winning relay teams. Potter placed in first in the 100-freestyle.
First-year Ian Scullion also had a terrific day as he finished first in the 1,000-freestyle and 500-freestyle. Junior Adam Weinbrok was dominant in his duel wins in the 100-backstroke and the 200-IM. Junior Sean Staerk outswam his opponents to victory in the 200-freestyle. First-year Tyler Gould won the 200-butterfly . Finally Sophomore Kevin Nicholson touched first in the 200-breaststroke.
The women’s team had nine first place finishes, as well as sweeps in the 100-backstroke, 200-backstroke and 500-freestyle. First-years Lea Candelmo and Marie Gingher, and Sophomore Cooper Kearns were all top performers for the Bullets. Candelmo finished first in the 1,000-freestyle and 200-IM. Gingher touched the wall first in the 100-breaststroke and 200-breaststroke. Kearns pulled out victories in the 200-butterfly and 500-freestyle.. Other swimmers earning wins for the Bullets included First-year Sam Foote in the 100-backstroke, and Senior Caroline Coolidge in the 200-backstroke. The 200-freestyle relay team of Ginger, Coolidge, Senior Deirdre Purdy and Junior Ali Roth also came up with a win, finishing in 1:42.94.
“This has been an amazing season and I definitely feel we are prepared for Conferences,” said Purdy. “We’ve been working so hard all season and I think both our men’s and women’s teams can definitely earn another Conference Championship if we perform like I know we can.”
Gettysburg finishes out their regular season at Franklin and Marshall College at 1 p.m. on Feb. 9, then continues to try for a three-peat in the conference championships February 22-24 at Franklin and Marshall.