Raiders swimming: Shippensburg women wrap up strong

Shippensburg women swimmers continued their weekend Saturday with a pair of timed finals sessions at the 10th Annual Bomber Invitational hosted by Ithaca College.

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Morning Session Highlights

Shippensburg women wrapped up the morning strong with a second-place finish in the 400-yard medley relay, as the quartet of sophomore Marissa Bittner (Middletown, Del./Appoquinimink), freshman Lauren Croll (Honolulu, Hi./President Theodore Roosevelt), senior Tomomi Nakano (Hershey, Pa./Hershey) and senior Madison Breiner (Glen Mills, Pa./Bayard Rustin) completed their swim in 4:00.91.

The opening relay (200 freestyle) featured Croll, sophomore Sammy Taylor (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty), Nakano and Breiner placing sixth in 1:39.61. Nakano paced the Raiders in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:00.79, while Croll equaled the league standard in the event by swimming 1:01.36.

Breiner was one of three Raiders with Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) cuts in the 200-yard freestyle, placing sixth in 1:57.31. Bittner swam 2:00.21, and sophomore Alyssa Tomb (Harrison City, Pa./Penn-Trafford) swam 2:01.79.

Sophomore Michaela Hersh (Mertztown, Pa./Brandywine Heights) finished third overall in the 400-yard individual medley (IM), touching the wall in 4:44.11. Sophomore Rachel Johnston (Lexington Park, Md./Leonardtown) also had a solid PSAC cut with an 11th-place finish of 4:53.00.

Evening Session Highlights

The 100-yard breaststroke was a signature event in the evening for the Shippensburg women. Six Raider women satisfied the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) standard. Croll paced the Raiders with a seventh-place finish of 1:08.94, while freshman Emily Newton (Summit Hill, Pa./Panther Valley) impressed with a time of 1:10.30. Tomb swam 1:10.43, freshman Kristin Gebhard (Reading, Pa./Twin Valley) swam 1:10.74, senior Natalie Wiley (Bensalem, Pa./Bensalem) swam 1:10.79 and senior Eva Tice (Shillington, Pa./Governor Mifflin) completed her swim in 1:11.24.

In the 100-yard backstroke, Nakano broke the 60-second mark with an impressive eighth-place time of 59.66 seconds. Bittner, Breiner and Taylor each cracked the Top 20 finishers with PSAC cuts.

Senior Bri Joll (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) paced the Raiders in the 200-yard butterfly with a conference cut of 2:20.69.

The meet concluded Sunday with one more timed finals session.

READ: Raiders women’s swim team: Sixth place finish at Ithaca

Morning Session Results
200 Free Relay

6. Lauren CrollSammy TaylorTomomi NakanoMadison Breiner 1:39.61
Shannan MaherKristin GebhardMarissa BittnerGracie Wetzel 1:44.44
Brenna WhiteEva TiceAlyssa TombMaddi Dzurko 1:46.29

400 IM

3. Michaela Hersh 4:44.11 (PSAC)
11. Rachel Johnston 4:53.00 (PSAC)

100 Fly

16. Tomomi Nakano 1:00.79 (PSAC)
21. Lauren Croll 1:01.36 (PSAC)
Kallie Lyle 1:03.81
Maddi Dzurko 1:06.70

200 Free

6. Madison Breiner 1:57.31 (PSAC)
20. Marissa Bittner 2:00.21 (PSAC)
Alyssa Tomb 2:01.79 (PSAC)
Sammy Taylor 2:02.17
Marina Cote 2:02.68
Gwen Elsey 2:04.77
Natalie Wiley 2:15.30
Rebecca Entner 2:16.75
Riley Weller 2:19.00

400 Medley Relay

2. Marissa BittnerLauren CrollTomomi NakanoMadison Breiner 4:00.91
Sammy TaylorAlyssa TombMichaela HershGracie Wetzel 4:10.53
Camryn VilaEmily NewtonRachel JohnstonMarina Cote 4:18.43

Evening Session Results

200 Fly

15. Bri Joll 2:20.69 (PSAC)
18. Kallie Lyle 2:21.73

100 Back

8. Tomomi Nakano 59.66 (PSAC)
14. Marissa Bittner 1:01.37 (PSAC)
18. Madison Breiner 1:01.59 (PSAC)
19. Sammy Taylor 1:02.04 (PSAC)
Kristin Gebhard 1:04.70
Camryn Vila 1:07.27
Maddi Dzurko 1:08.69
Jordyn Kendig 1:09.64
Rebecca Entner 1:12.27

100 Breast

7. Lauren Croll 1:08.94 (PSAC)
14. Emily Newton 1:10.30 (PSAC)
15. Alyssa Tomb 1:10.43 (PSAC)
18. Kristin Gebhard 1:10.74 (PSAC)
19. Natalie Wiley 1:10.79 (PSAC)
22. Eva Tice 1:11.24 (PSAC)
Shannan Maher 1:12.19
Gracie Wetzel 1:12.52
Lexington Wagner 1:12.85
Marina Cote 1:13.35
Brenna White 1:14.95
Michaela Hersh 1:15.43
Camryn Vila 1:15.56
Bri Joll 1:16.03
Gwen Elsey 1:16.87

800 Free Relay


50 Free

Shannan Maher 25.98