October 12, 2011

Women's Swimming Season Preview

CHESTERTOWN, MD -- Despite the graduation of the most-decorated swimmer in program history, the Washington College women's swim team is ready to continue its tradition of success in 2011-12.

While the contributions of seven-time All-American and three-time Centennial Conference Most Outstanding Swimmer Rachel Glasser '11 will be impossible to replace, the Shorewomen's 17-woman roster features a balance of experience and youth and strong swimmers across events.  

Four seniors, four juniors, five sophomores, and four freshmen comprise Washington's roster.  Morgan Phillips (Charlottesville, VA/Albemarle) and Mary Stroman (Bala Cynwyd, PA/Friends Central), two of the team's three captains, lead the senior class.  Phillips is the Shorewomen's ninth-fastest swimmer ever in the 100 backstroke and was named her team's Most Improved Swimmer in 2010.  Stroman is among the team's 10 fastest swimmers ever in the 50, 100, and 200 freestyle events, is a part of two school-record relay teams, and is a four-time Centennial Conference Championship medalist in relay events. Kelsie Jensen (Mays Landing, NJ/Oakcrest), an important contributor in breaststroke, and Ellen Liebnow (Sellersville, PA/Pennridge), who swims freestyle, complete the senior class.

Sarah Sykes (Haworth, NJ/Northern Valley-Demarest) joins Stroman and Phillips as the team's captains and heads up the junior class.  Sykes is among the Shorewomen's 10 fastest swimmers ever in the 500, 1000, and 1650 freestyle events and is a member of the conference record-holding 800 freestyle relay team, winning gold in that event at the 2010 Centennial Conference Championships. Alix Batesko (Mountain Lakes, NJ/Mountain Lakes) is another Washington junior with gold in her collection; she is a member of the conference record-holding 200 medley relay team and won gold medals by swimming the butterfly leg of that event at the 2010 and 2011 Centennial Conference Championships. Emma Jackovitz (Bel Air, MD/Bel Air), who has scored points in both butterfly events and the 400 individual medley at past conference championship meets, and Allison Kvien (Mechanicsville, MD/Chopticon), who placed 14th in the 200 breaststroke at last year's conference championships, round out the junior class.

Sophomore Hilary Badger (Baltimore, MD/Mount de Sales) cracked the Shorewomen's top five fastest swimmers ever in the 100 backstroke and top seven in the 50 freestyle as a freshman. She is also a member of three school-record relay teams and won four relay medals at last year's conference championships.  Classmate Carly Ogren (Burke, VA/Lake Braddock) is a member of two school-record relay teams and won three relay medals at last year's conference championships. A third sophomore, Elizabeth Miskiel (Gaithersburg, MD/Quince Orchard), would have no doubt been a strong medal contender at last year's conference championships, but her freshman season was cut short due to injury. Still, Miskiel managed to place herself among the Shorewomen's 10 fastest swimmers ever in both breaststroke events and the 50 and 100 freestyle events.  Samantha Gross (Pottstown, PA/Pottsgrove), who finished 13th in the 400 individual medley at the 2011 Centennial Conference Championships, and Laura Prengaman (Berlin, MD/Stephen Decatur), who competes primarily in freestyle events, are the team's other two sophomores.

The Shorewomen's 2011-12 roster is completed by freshmen Clair Belleveau (Easton, CT/Joel Barlow), Emily Goodchild (Annapolis, MD/St. Mary's), Alicia Howard (Wilmington, DE/Charter School of Wilmington), and Ashley Maurizi (Reamstown, PA/Cocalico).

Kim Lessard returns for her 22nd season as the Shorewomen's head coach and also welcomes back second-year assistant coaches Robin Glaser and Mark Yankovich. Lessard, who also coaches the Washington College men's swimming team, enters the 2011-12 season with a combined dual-meet record of 299-162-1.  She will get her first chance at her 300th career win when the Shorewomen open their season October 29th with a Centennial Conference meet at Bryn Mawr.  The team will also compete in its annual Maroon & Black intrasquad scrimmage one week earlier.  The first regular-season home meet is slated for November 9th against Salisbury.

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