SU Raiders: SU Women’s swimming opens season

SU Women’s Swimming opened a new season with a tri-meet split at West Chester Friday, edging Southern Connecticut but falling to host West Chester.

The Shippensburg University women’s swimming team opened the 2021-22 season Friday with a tri-meet at West Chester in which the Raiders defeated Southern Connecticut State (143-133) but lost to the Golden Rams (64-212) in action held at Graham Natatorium.

The Raiders picked up nine Top 3 finishes in the meet.

SU opened with a third-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay, as sophomore Sammy Taylor (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty), freshman Lauren Croll (Honolulu, Hi./President Theodore Roosevelt), senior Tomomi Nakano (Hershey, Pa./Hershey) and senior Madison Breiner (Glen Mills, Pa./Bayard Rustin) posted a time of 1:54.69.

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The meet concluded with Breiner, Croll, freshman Gracie Wetzel (Latrobe, Pa./Greater Latrobe) and Taylor posting a third-place time of 3:50.65 in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Having a full season once again means the return of Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) qualifying standards. The Raiders achieved three conference cuts in the opener. Croll placed third in the 100-yard breaststroke, swimming 1:09.87, and also placed third in the 50-yard freestyle, swimming 25.50 seconds. Nakano placed third in the 100-yard backstroke, swimming 1:02.33.

Other swims included sophomore Alyssa Tomb (Harrison City, Pa./Penn-Trafford) placing third in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:39.76 and sophomore Michaela Hersh (Mertztown, Pa./Brandywine Heights) placing third in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:18.89.


Shippensburg returns to action October 13 against IUP.

200 Yard Medley Relay

3. Sammy TaylorLauren CrollTomomi NakanoMadison Breiner 1:54.69
Eva TiceNatalie WileyKristin GebhardGracie Wetzel 2:02.23

1000 Free
Gwen Elsey 11:58.38
Riley Weller 13:06.45

200 Free
Madison Breiner 2:03.48
Gracie Wetzel 2:10.20
Rebecca Entner 2:27.12

100 Back
3. Tomomi Nakano 1:02.33 (PSAC)
Michaela Hersh 1:02.77
Marissa Bittner 1:04.08
Bri Joll 1:04.91
Manisha Kapoor 1:06.28

100 Breast
3. Lauren Croll 1:09.87 (PSAC)
Kristin Gebhard 1:13.07
Emily Newton 1:15.31
Natalie Wiley 1:15.59
Lexington Wagner 1:16.51
Eva Tice 1:16.61
Brenna White 1:20.45

200 Fly
Rachel Johnston 2:32.85
Camryn Vila 2:42.97

50 Free
3. Lauren Croll 25.50 (PSAC)
Sammy Taylor 26.63
Brenna White 29.08

100 Free
Madison Breiner 56.69
Gracie Wetzel 59.45

200 Back
3. Tomomi Nakano 2:17.35
Marissa Bittner 2:17.39
Michaela Hersh 2:19.91
Bri Joll 2:24.22
Manisha Kapoor 2:24.94

200 Breast
3. Alyssa Tomb 2:39.76
Kristin Gebhard 2:44.09
Natalie Wiley 2:46.86
Emily Newton 2:47.66
Eva Tice 2:51.18
Lexington Wagner 2:51.66

500 Free
Marissa Bittner 5:48.53
Rachel Johnston 5:50.86
Gwen Elsey 5:51.45
Kallie Lyle 6:04.11
Jordyn Kendig 6:05.59
Riley Weller 6:25.33

100 Fly
3. Tomomi Nakano 1:03.79
Kristin Gebhard 1:04.87

200 IM
3. Michaela Hersh 2:18.89
Alyssa Tomb 2:25.24
Bri Joll 2:27.69
Manisha Kapoor 2:32.30
Camryn Vila 2:38.88
Rebecca Entner 2:51.54

400 Free Relay
3. Madison BreinerLauren CrollGracie WetzelSammy Taylor 3:50.65
Eva TiceRachel JohnstonGwen ElseyJordyn Kendig 4:05.41