On Saturday, Nov. 5, Elizabethtown’s women’s and men’s swim teams took on Gallaudet University on the road in and out-of-conference meet.
Led by first-years Sara Lingo and Sadie Hawkins, the female Blue Jays took an early lead, dominating the Bison with a final score of 198-50. Lingo took first in all three of her individual events. In the women’s 200-yard freestyle, she reached the wall in 2:08.92, 10 seconds before her teammate, sophomore Erika Cole. In the 400-yard individual medley (IM), Lingo finished with a time of 5:04.73, over one minute faster than the second place finisher. Lingo also earned first place in the 200-yard backstroke.
“I swam the 100 backstroke and the 200 free for the first time this season,” Lingo said. “All of my times were somewhat close to my personal bests, so I believe that by the end of the season I can hopefully have new best times.”
Hawkins also placed first in her three individual events. She finished her 200-yard butterfly in 2:45.13, almost one minute before the second place Gallaudet swimmer. Hawkins also edged out her teammate, first-year Maddie Ripley, to take first in the 100-yard freestyle. Hawkins earned her third first place finish in the 100-yard butterfly.
Along with her second place finish in the 200-yard freestyle, Cole also placed first in the 50-yard freestyle. Junior Dru Schneider also had a successful meet, finishing first in both of her individual events, the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke.
The Blue Jays took first and second place over the Bison in both the 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relays.
Etown’s men’s swim team also managed to bring down the Bison on Saturday with a final score of 149-87. The men started off strong with a first and second place finish in the 200-yard medley relay.
First-year Casey Marshall had an impressive meet, ending with two first place finishes and one third place finish. Marshall beat out his teammate, sophomore Tommy Kuhn, to earn first in the 100-yard freestyle. He also out touched the second place Gallaudet finisher in the 400-yard IM by less than one second. Marshall earned third place in the 200-yard freestyle behind junior David Foery who won first in the event. Later in the meet, Foery took second in the 500-yard freestyle.
Senior captain Kieran Kohler came in third behind Foery in the 500-yard freestyle. Kohler was later edged out by sophomore Guillaume Gouronc, causing him to finish second in the 100-yard breaststroke. “My breaststroke time wasn’t what I wanted it to be, [but] our team swam well,” Kohler said. “I’ll have many more meets to improve before championships.”
The men’s and women’s teams will both be swimming at home this Saturday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. as they take on Landmark Conference opponent Catholic University. The men will look to extend their winning streak to three, while the women hope to grab their second win of the year.
Following their meet against Catholic, the Blue Jays will swim their only other Landmark Conference dual meet at Drew University on Saturday, Nov. 19. Etown will finish their regular season with five straight non-conference dual meets leading up to the Landmark Conference Championships, which are set for Feb. 17-19.