The Elizabethtown College Women’s Swim Team came out strong against Juniata College Saturday, Dec. 3, winning 181-55. Etown won 13 out of 14 events at the meet. The Blue Jays are currently on a three-win streak as they head into winter break.
Many of the women assisted in the win, but first-year Sara Lingo and sophomore Erika Cole each won three different events, adding major points to the board. Other Blue Jays finished the day with multiple wins including first-year Sadie Hawkins and juniors Megan Anderson, Karlie Kimball and Dru Schnieder.
The 200-yard medley team of Schneider, Hawkins, Kimball and Cole started off the meet with a first-place finish. The squad finished five seconds ahead of the second place team. Schneider also dominated in the 100-yard breaststroke coming in first with a time of 1:18.18.
Etown’s other medley relay team consisting, of Anderson, senior Sarah Alps, first-year Maddie Ripley and sophomore Maddie Lasko, was a huge help in driving up the score. With a time of 2:11.09, the Blue Jays finished milliseconds ahead of the Eagles’ relay team (2:11.44).
In addition to winning three individual events, Lingo finished with a personal best time in the 1,000-yard freestyle. Earning an 11:38.78, Lingo is now seeded 10th in the Landmark Conference in this event. Other Blue Jay swimmers also finished with personal best times in the 1,000-yard freestyle. Senior Mariselle Parisi came in second place with a time of 12:07.14, and senior Katie Derreth came in fourth with a time 12:59.84.
In the 100-yard backstroke, Kimball, first-year Sarah Helt and Cole took home first, second and third, respectively. Kimball finished with a time of 1:09.99, followed by Helt at 1:14.36 and Cole with a time of 1:14.38. Anderson also took home first place in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:14.49. The 50-yard freestyle saw another Etown 1-2-3 finish with Cole, Lasko and Cheryl Errichetti leading the event. Lasko, the second place finisher, earned a season-best time of 28.30.
Hawkins swam the 200-yard butterfly uncontested and managed to beat her previous time by five seconds, finishing in 2:34.97.
Schneider dominated the 100-yard breaststroke coming in first with a time of 1:18.18. In the 100-yard freestyle, the top two spots went to Ripley and junior Molly Templin, both setting their best times of the season for this event. Ripley swam a 1:02.03 and Templin finished in 1:05.12.
The Blue Jays won the first 10 scored events of the meet with Parisi winning the 200-yard breaststroke, Anderson the 500-yard freestyle and Lingo the 200-yard backstroke. In the final event of the day, Cole, Hawkins, Lingo and Lasko finished first in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:51.24.
The next meet for the Blue Jays will be held at Washington College in Maryland after winter break. During break, the swimmers will train in Florida as they prepare to compete in the dual competition at Washington College on Jan. 14.