The Shippensburg University women’s swimming team advanced at least two swimmers to finals in each individual event on Friday in Day 1 of the Franklin & Marshall Invitational held at the Kinkel Aquatic Center.
Freshman Jazz Barry highlighted the day for the Raiders by placing third in the 50-yard freestyle, finishing with a time of 24.50 seconds. In the morning prelims, Barry’s time of 24.22 seconds qualified her for the ‘A’ final and propelled herself to ninth in school history in the event.
Junior Lauren Croll and sophomore Makennah Fickett represented the Raiders in the ‘B’ and ‘C’ finals of the 50 free, touching the wall in 24.84 and 24.99 seconds respectively to place 13th and 19th respectively.
Junior Allie Keeling paced the Raiders in the 500-yard freestyle, qualifying for the ‘A’ final and placing eighth in a time of 5:21.90. Keeling had a season best in the morning, using a time of 5:16.42 to qualify for the ‘A’ final. Freshman Michelle Kubiak won the ‘C’ final, placing 17th in a time of 5:14.15.
The senior duo of Alyssa Tomb and Michaela Hersh both competed in the ‘A’ final of the 200-yard IM, with Tomb placing fifth with a time of 2:09.41, and Hersh placing eighth with a time of 2:14.14. Tomb’s time in the morning bettered her previous personal best from last year’s F&M Invitational, as she swam 2:09.28. Her time also improved her overall No. 7 ranking in school history by virtue of beating her previous all-time mark. Junior Gracie Wetzel also competed in the event, swimming in the ‘C’ final and placing 24th in a time of 2:17.21.
Overall, the Raiders amassed a total of 12 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) qualifying standards in the individual events. SU sits in fourth in the team standings after the first day of competition at 198 points. Saturday’s prelims are set to begin at 10 a.m., with finals set for a 6 p.m. start.
200 Free Relay
7. Makennah Fickett, Jazz Barry, Lauren Croll, Samantha Taylor 1:39.40
Brea Fennick, Kristin Gebhard, Emma Grove, Mackenzie Beerman 1:46.47
8. Allie Keeling 5:21.90 (5:16.42p) (PSAC)
17. Michelle Kubiak 5:14.15 (5:21.01p) (PSAC)
Carol Fabian 5:28.81
Mackenzie Beerman 5:33.70
Olivia Sitkowski 5:38.36
Gwendolyn Elsey 5:38.93
Jordyn Kendig 5:43.61
5. Alyssa Tomb 2:09.41 (2:09.28p) (PSAC)
8. Michaela Hersh 2:14.04 (2:11.60p) (PSAC)
24. Gracie Wetzel 2:17.21 (2:16.60p) (PSAC)
Samantha Taylor 2:17.17 (PSAC)
Marissa Bittner 2:17.58 (PSAC)
Caroline Schweigert 2:17.66 (PSAC)
Rachel Johnston 2:19.11
Charlee Shaw 2:19.95
Emma Grove 2:21.85
Jenna Ober 2:22.54
Emily Newton 2:23.11
Lexington Wagner 2:25.68
3. Jazz Barry 24.50 (24.22p) (PSAC)
13. Lauren Croll 24.84 (24.82p) (PSAC)
19. Makennah Fickett 24.99 (25.06p) (PSAC)
Samantha Taylor 25.75 (PSAC)
Michelle Kubiak 25.85
Brea Fennick 26.52
Kristin Gebhard 26.53
Emma Grove 26.85
Mackenzie Beerman 27.03
Jenna Ober 27.75x
400 Medley Relay
8. Makennah Fickett, Jazz Barry, Michaela Hersh, Lauren Croll 4:02.14
Caroline Schweigert, Charlee Shaw, Kristin Gebhard, Gracie Wetzel 4:11.47