Bullet Shot: Kate Hegwood
By Brody Tennant, Contributing Writer
The Gettysburg College women’s swim team started the season out with a bang, winning their first five meets.
Following their long break from competition, the Bullets have been handed two losses by Mary Washington and Swarthmore. As they look towards the Centennial Conference Championships, the Lady Bullets are looking to turn this stretch around. Leading the way is senior Kate Hegwood, who is one the team’s captains. She has posted strong times in her events over the course of this season.
In the 200-meter free stroke, she posted a time of 2:08:17 in the first meet of the season against Bryn Mawr. Also, against Bryn Mawr, she posted a time of 30.66 in the 50-meter backstroke.
During the Gettysburg Invitational, Hegwood also performed well. In the events of the 100 and 200-meter backstroke, she posted times of 1:02.16 and 2:10.13, respectively.
Along with swimming well in the pool, she provides leadership and motivation out of the pool. Being a team captain means keeping the team focused on the meet ahead of the them and finishing the regular season out strong.
Hegwood and the Gettysburg squad have not only been strong in the pool, but the women have earned CSCAA Scholar All-America recognition. To qualify, teams need a semester GPA of 3.0 or higher. The women earned a 3.29 over the fall semester. It is their fourth consecutive semester earning the honor.
Three of the Bullets’ losses have come away from home, so the team is looking forward to once again compete here at Gettysburg. The Bullets’ next meet is at home on Saturday, February 11th where they look to defend their turf against rivals Franklin & Marshall.