February 20, 2011

"Thrice as Nice" - Glasser Named Most Outstanding Performer at Centennials for Third Year in a Row

Senior Totals Five Gold Medals, Two Silvers
Moore, Relays Add to Shorewomen's Medal Count

GETTYSBURG, PA -- Washington College senior swimmer Rachel Glasser (Silver Spring, MD/Springbrook) was named the Most Outstanding Performer for the third consecutive year after winning gold in three individual events at the 2011 Centennial Conference Championships, held Friday through today at Gettysburg College. Glasser also swam on two gold medal-winning relay teams and two silver medal-winning relay teams. Junior Jenna Moore (Catonsville, MD/Mount de Sales) added a gold-medal finish in the 100 breaststroke for the Shorewomen, who finished seventh of eight teams overall.

Glasser won the 500 freestyle in a meet- and pool-record time of 4:57.35, which was also an NCAA Division III Championship automatic qualifying time. She won the 200 freestyle in a school-, meet-, and pool-record time of 1:52.33, which was also an NCAA Division III Championship provisional qualifying time. Her third individual gold came in the 200 butterfly, where she broke a pool record with an NCAA Division III Championship automatic qualifying time of 2:04.35. 

Moore won the 100 breaststroke in a pool-record and personal-best time of 1:05.97, which was also an NCAA Division III Championship provisional qualifying time. In the 100 freestyle, Moore placed eighth in 55.39 after swimming a 54.81 in the preliminaries to become the Shorewomen's fifth-fastest swimmer ever in the event. Moore added a ninth-place finish in the 50 freestyle in 24.72.

Freshman Hilary Badger (Baltimore, MD/Mount de Sales), Moore, sophomore Alix Batesko (Mountain Lakes, NJ/Mountain Lakes), and Glasser broke the conference, school, and pool records in the 200 medley relay by winning gold in the event in 1:49.62. Badger, Moore, Glasser, and freshman Carly Ogren (Burke, VA/Lake Braddock) took gold in the 400 medley relay in a school- and pool-record time of 3:59.57. Moore, Badger, Ogren, and Glasser earned a silver medal in the 200 freestyle relay with a school-record time of 1:37.90. Ogren, Moore, Badger, and Glasser won silver in the 400 freestyle relay in a WC season-best time of 3:36.58. The gold medals in the 200 and 400 medley relays marked the third year in a row the Shorewomen have won those events. 

Badger placed eighth in the 100 backstroke in 1:02.48 after swimming a Washington College season-best time of 1:02.42 in the preliminaries to become the Shorewomen's fifth-fastest swimmer ever in the event. 

Sophomore Sarah Sykes (Haworth, NJ/Northern Valley-Demarest) placed in three events for the Shorewomen. She was 11th in the 400 individual medley in a WC season-best time of 4:57.16, 14th in the 500 freestyle in 5:28.74, and 15th in the 1650 freestyle in 18:57.07.

Freshman Samantha Gross (Pottstown, PA/Pottsgrove) finished 13th in the 400 individual medley in 5:04.89, sophomore Allison Kvien (Mechanicsville, MD/Chopticon) was 14th in the 200 breaststroke in 2:40.33, sophomore Emma Jackovitz (Bel Air, MD/Bel Air) was 16th in the 200 butterfly in 2:32.66, and Batesko was 16th in the 100 butterfly in 1:04.87. Jackovitz also swam a WC season-best time of 2:24.23 in the preliminaries of the 200 backstroke.

Glasser joins Franklin & Marshall alum Carmen Trombini as the second woman in conference history to be named the meet's Most Outstanding Performer at least three times. Trombini earned honor four consecutive years from 1995 to 1998.

Glasser will compete at the NCAA Division III Championships March 23rd-26th in Knoxville, TN. She had previously qualified for the event in December. Moore will await word on whether her provisional qualifying time in the 100 breaststroke will be fast enough for her to join Glasser there.

Gettysburg won the 2011 Centennial Conference Women's Swimming Championship, followed by Franklin & Marshall in second and Swarthmore in third.

WC Gold Medals

Rachel Glasser - 500 freestyle - 4:57.35 (Meet Record)
Hilary Badger, Jenna Moore, Rachel Glasser, Carly Ogren - 400 medley relay - 3:59.57 (School Record)
Hilary Badger, Jenna Moore, Alix Batesko, Rachel Glasser - 200 medley relay - 1:49.62 (School & Conference Record)
Rachel Glasser - 200 freestyle - 1:52.33 (School & Meet Record)
Jenna Moore - 100 breaststroke - 1:05.97 
Rachel Glasser - 200 butterfly - 2:04.35

WC Silver Medals

Jenna Moore, Hilary Badger, Carly Ogren, Rachel Glasser - 200 freestyle relay - 1:37.90 (School Record)
Carly Ogren, Jenna Moore, Hilary Badger, Rachel Glasser- 400 freestyle relay - 3:36.58

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