Millersville swimming lags in conference championships

Alex Geli
Managing Editor

“Millersville swimming lags behind in conference championships”
Out of 13 teams competing in the women’s swimming PSAC Championships over the weekend, Millersville finished with 92 points, landing in 10th place with for the second straight season. Albeit the underwhelming performance, however, the Championships didn’t come without its bright spots.

With their record sitting at 3-6, the Marauders anxiously await the NCAA’s bid decision.

With their record sitting at 3-6, the Marauders
anxiously await the NCAA’s bid decision.

And there were none brighter than sophomore Grace Magerr.
Not for the first time, nor the second, but for the third time, Magerr re-broke her own school record in the 1,650-freestyle on Sunday. Her time of 17:40.36 solidified the sole top-10 performance in the tournament for Millersville by placing ninth.
In the 100-freestyle, senior Amanda Thomas paced her three other Marauder swimmers in the event by propelling to a place of 29th and a time of 54.57. Up-and-coming freshman Rachel Malampy swam a personal best time of 54.97, which was good enough for a 36-placed finish in the competition. Sophomore Brigid Kavanaugh and senior Becca Anderson weren’t far behind, as they placed 42nd and 48th.
Those same four Marauder swimmers clasped fins as they took on the 400-freestyle relay and finished strongly with their top time of the year—by five seconds, no less—of 3:36.03. The time was good enough for the ninth spot.
Freshman Rachel Stump made some waves, herself—no pun intended—by achieving the third fastest time in school history in the 200-backstroke. The final time was 2:12.12, a personal best and 19th best among her competitors.
SwimmingAnother freshman also impressed at the PSACs. A communications major from Dover, Pa., Bree Link, ended up in the 21st spot of the 200-breastroke with her 2:32.76.
With the bright future that these young swimmers showcased over the weekend, coach Kyle Almoney will have several glimmers to look forward to next year. His solid resume also adds to Millersville’s chances for an improvement from this year’s 3-6 record.
In Almoney’s eight seasons at the helm of Millersville’s female swim team, he has seen several school records obliterated and a plethora of wins when it mattered most: these PSAC Championships were the squad’s third most successful outing. This was an encore performance to last year’s best-ever finish in the PSACs where they stacked up 148 points. Last year’s performance, ironically, was also one step-up from the 2011 Championships; their 107 points tallied were a Marauder record at that time.
Can Almoney’s success catapult into the 2014-15 season?
Not so fast.
The season may still not be over, as his crew awaits the NCAA’s decision whether or not to bequeath Millersville a bid to the NCAA Division II Championships starting on March 5.

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