2010-11 Women's Swimming Preview
SWARTHMORE, Pa. - Despite the departure of seven-time All-American Anne Miller, the 2010-11 Swarthmore College women's swimming team finds itself striving for a solid season with a combination of key returning performers and a formidable first-year class.
With head coach Sue Davis on sabbatical in the fall, the Garnet will be preparing for the season under the guidance of assistant coach and interim head coach Casmera Wick. It will be difficult for the team to fill Miller's record-breaking shoes, but the swimming class of 2011 boasts a strong core consisting of captain Allison Bishop, Sarah Bedolfe, Chelsea Brett, Melinda Neal, and Stephanie Su.
Bishop and Jackie Scala '12 are primed to step up in the distance events, while Hannah Gotwals '13 looks to build off a strong freshman campaign in which she won bronze at Centennial Championships in the 200 butterfly and recorded the team's second-fastest 400 individual medley of the season. The Garnet also returns several swimmers who, after making the consolation finals of the Centennial Championships last year, are hoping to crack the top eight, including Michelle Call '13 (backstroke), Amelia Possanza '12 (IM) and Chloe Stevens '13 (IM). In addition to the depth already in place, this year's team has added a strong new crop of seven freshmen and three sophomores.
Swarthmore begins the season in the comfort of Ware Pool with three home meets, starting with a November 3rd "320 Challenge" engagement with local rival Widener at 6:00 p.m. After the homestand, the Garnet will test itself at the Rowan Invitational and at what is the highlight of the home season, the second annual Swarthmore Invitational on December 3-4. Swarthmore opens the Centennial dual meet schedule on November 6 at 2:00 p.m. with a visit from McDaniel.