Clune Leads Shorewomen in Team's Fourth-Place Finish
LANCASTER, Pa. — Junior Jenni Clune (Bowie, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) won three individual medals, including one gold, and three relay medals as the Washington College women's swim team broke school records in six events (including one conference record) and won 10 total medals en route to a fourth-place finish at the 2017 Centennial Conference Championships held Friday, yesterday, and today at Franklin & Marshall. This was the Shorewomen's best finish at the Centennial Conference Championships since winning 14 medals and finishing third overall at the 2010 championships.
2017 Centennial Conference Championships
- Clune picked up three individual medals, including the Shorewomen's first gold in three years. Her gold came in the 100 breaststroke in an NCAA Division III Championship provisional qualifying time of 1:05.03. She swam an even faster provisional qualifying time in the preliminaries, breaking her own school and Centennial Conference records with a 1:04.68. She won silver in the 200 individual medley in 2:09.90, breaking a 13-year old school record. She also won silver in the 100 freestyle in a Washington College season-best 52.69, bettering her own standard as the Shorewomen's second-fastest swimmer ever in that event.
- Julia Portmann won three individual medals. She captured silver in the 500 freestyle in a WC season-best 5:06.85. She took bronze in the 200 freestyle in a WC season-best 1:56.02. Her final individual medal came in the 1650 freestyle as she won bronze in a WC season-best 17:40.51 to become the Shorewomen's third-fastest swimmer ever in that event. She swam a 10:41.10 1000 split in the 1650 to become the Shorewomen's third-fastest swimmer ever in the 1000 freestyle.
- The Shorewomen medaled in four of the five relay events. Anna Schmittle, Katie Gorman, Mackenzie Gaze, and Clune won silver in the 200 freestyle relay in a WC season-best 1:38.42. Portmann, Gorman, Schmittle, and Clune took silver in the 400 freestyle relay in a WC season-best 3:35.09. Gorman, Gaze, Schmittle, and Portmann won silver in the 800 freestyle relay in a WC season-best 7:53.41. Ellen Maxwell, Clune, Lindsay Wiecki, and Gorman won bronze in the 400 medley relay in a school-record time of 3:57.62.
Other Top Performers
- Gorman was fifth in both the 50 and 100 freestyles. Her fifth-place time in the 50 was 24.82 after swimming a WC season-best 24.63 in the preliminaries to become the Shorewomen's third-fastest swimmer ever in that event. Her fifth-place time in the 100 freestyle was 53.93. She also led off the 800 freestyle relay with a 200 freestyle time of 1:58.95, becoming the Shorewomen's ninth-fastest ever 200 freestyle swimmer.
- Maxwell broke both school backstroke records, but her highest individual finish was sixth in the 200 individual medley in 2:12.34. She was seventh in the 100 backstroke in 1:00.36 after swimming a school-record 59.62 in the preliminaries. Her 10th-place time of 2:10.79 in the 200 backstroke was also a school record.
- Maxwell, Clune, Wiecki, and Gorman broke the school record in the 200 medley relay with a fifth-place time of 1:48.77.
- Schmittle placed ninth in the 100 freestyle in 54.41 to become the Shorewomen's eighth-fastest swimmer ever in that event. She was 12th in the 50 freestyle in 25.01 after swimming a 24.80 in the preliminaries to become the Shorewomen's fifth-fastest swimmer ever in that event.
- Wiecki placed 11th in the 100 butterfly in 59.73 after swimming a WC season-best 59.57 in the preliminaries to become the Shorewomen's fifth-fastest swimmer ever in that event. She was 12th in the 200 butterfly in a WC season-best 2:13.19 to become the Shorewomen's sixth-fastest swimmer ever in that event.
- Gaze placed 12th in 100 freestyle in 54.79.
- Alex Searles placed 12th in the 100 breaststroke in 1:10.24 after swimming a 1:09.79 in the preliminaries to become the Shorewomen's eighth-fastest swimmer ever in that event. Her time of 2:32.85 was 17th in the 200 breaststroke preliminaries, just missing the finals, but good enough for ninth-fastest ever for the Shorewomen.
- Angelina Tomasura was 14th in the 200 butterfly in 2:19.88.
- Ursinus won the Centennial Conference Championship by a wide margin, finishing with 815 points to second-place Gettysburg's 537. Swarthmore was third with 524. The Shorewomen's 409 points put them four points ahead of fifth-place Franklin & Marshall (405). Dickinson was sixth (368), McDaniel seventh (333), and Bryn Mawr eighth (148).
- Clune will now wait until the evening of Monday, February 27th, for the official selections to the NCAA Division III Championships to be announced to see if her record time in the 100 breaststroke will prove to be fast enough for qualification. This year's championships will be held March 15th-18th in Shenandoah, Texas.
- Prior to Clune, the Shorewomen's last gold medal at a Centennial Conference Championship meet was won by Ellie Miskiel '14 in the 200 breaststroke at the 2014 championships.
Shorewomen Gold Medal
Clune - 100 breaststroke - 1:05.03
Shorewomen Silver Medals
Schmittle/Gorman/Gaze/Clune - 200 freestyle relay - 1:38.42
Portmann - 500 freestyle - 5:06.85
Clune - 200 individual medley - 2:09.90
Gorman/Gaze/Schmittle/Portmann - 800 freestyle relay - 7:53.41
Clune - 100 freestyle - 52.69
Portmann/Gorman/Schmittle/Clune - 400 freestyle relay - 3:35.09
Shorewomen Bronze Medals
Maxwell/Clune/Wiecki/Gorman - 400 medley relay - 3:57.62
Portmann - 200 freestyle - 1:56.02
Portmann - 1650 freestyle - 17:40.51