February 19, 2011
Regan's Gold Helps Women's Swimming Maintain Third Place at Centennial Championships
GETTYSBURG, Pa. - On the second day of the 2011 Centennial Conference Championships, the Swarthmore College women's swim team maintained its third place standing as another record-setting day passed by the books.
Led on Saturday by freshman Margaret Regan, who scored the team its first gold medal of the meet, the Garnet is behind only Gettysburg and Franklin and Marshall, and has a sizable lead on fourth-place Ursinus.
Regan broke the Gettysburg pool record twice in the 400 IM on Saturday; first in preliminary heats (4:43.43) and then again in the finals (4:39.55). Her swim was the second-fastest in Garnet history, and a mere three-tenths off the nine-year-old record. Trailing Gettysburg's Caroline Coolidge by over a full second at the halfway point, Regan overtook her closest competitor on the breaststroke leg and motored to the finish, leading the field by nearly four seconds.
Regan's gold was the only Garnet medal for the day, but the team managed to place five other swimmers in the top 8 in individual events. Freshman Rebecca Teng
, who set the school record in Friday's 200 IM, finished 6th
in the 400 (4:50.81); in the 100 butterfly, freshman Erin Lowe
, junior Naomi Glassman
, and sophomore Hannah Gotwals
finished just behind the medalists, touching 4th
, and 6th
(59.85, 59.87, and 1:00.56); and senior Chelsea Brett
in the 200 freestyle, touching in 1:58.28 after swimming a season-best 1:57.82 in morning preliminaries.
The Garnet gets back into action for the final two sessions of the meet tomorrow. Preliminaries will begin at 10 a.m. Finals will begin at 6 p.m.
Gold: Margaret Regan (400 IM)
Silver: Rebecca Teng (200 IM)
1. Gettysburg College 474 2. Franklin & Marshall College 454 3. Swarthmore College 320 4. Ursinus College 291 5. Dickinson College 289 6. Washington College 262 7. McDaniel College 244 8. Bryn Mawr College 120