The Shippensburg University women’s swimming team had two swimmers record first-place finishes on Sunday and made a couple new additions to the all-time Top 10 lists as the Raiders wrapped up competition at the 2022 Franklin & Marshall Invitational with a seventh-place team finish in action at the Kunkel Aquatic Center.
How it happened
Sophomore Allie Keeling (Redlands, Cal./Redlands) won the 1,650-yard freestyle with a collegiate best of 17:42.74, a time that ranks seventh all-time in SU history for the event. She was one of three Raiders to satisfy the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) qualifying standard in the event along with senior Marina Cote (Papillion, Neb./Daniel J. Gross), who finished 14th in 18:50, and sophomore Gwen Elsey (Hermitage, Pa./Hickory), who touched the wall 17th in 19:08.
Junior Michaela Hersh (Mertztown, Pa./Brandywine Heights) impressed in the 200-yard butterfly, swimming 2:08.00 for a second-place overall finish. Hersh improved her PR by four-tenths of a second and remains second all-time in school history for the event.
Sophomore Lauren Croll (Honolulu, Hawaii/President Theodore Roosevelt) was credited with the win in the seldomly-contested 100-yard individual medley (IM), recording a time of 1:04.34. It was the second-fastest time overall among the competitors, with the only time faster being an exhibition swim. Croll also achieved a conference cut in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 56.10 seconds that was classified as an exhibition swim.
Junior Alyssa Tomb (Harrison City, Pa./Penn-Trafford) had her third straight day with an impressive individual swim, placing fourth in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:24.86 that is a new lifetime best and ranks her seventh in school history for the event. Sophomore Gracie Wetzel (Latrobe, Pa./Greater Latrobe) swam 16th in 2:30.24, while sophomore Emily Newton (Summit Hill, Pa./Panther Valley) won the pre-consolation final with a 17th-place time of 2:30.24 for a new lifetime best. Newton’s finals swim was three seconds faster than her morning prelim.
Junior Marissa Bittner (Middletown, Del./Appoquinimink) led three Raiders with conference cuts in the 200-yard backstroke, qualifying for the championship final and finishing seventh in 2:10.80. Bittner’s PR of 2:06.6, set at last year’s conference meet, remains sixth in school history. Freshman Lana Brown (Oley, Pa./Oley) won the pre-consolation final with a 17th-place time of 2:09.97, swimming more than three seconds faster than her morning prelim to crush her lifetime best in the event by nine seconds in total, while freshman Grace Reagan (Ridley Park, Pa./Ridley) swam 20th in 2:12.99 for a new lifetime best.
Junior Sammy Taylor (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) paced the Raiders in the 100-yard freestyle, qualifying for the pre-consolation final and finishing 21st in 55.24 seconds. Cross, Taylor, Keeling and Bittner teamed up to swim the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:42.98.
1. Allie Keeling 17:42.74 (PSAC)
14. Marina Cote 18:50.40 (PSAC)
17. Gwen Elsey 19:08.00 (PSAC)
22. Jordyn Kendig 19:45.10
7. Marissa Bittner 2:10.80 (2:11.15p) (PSAC)
17. Lana Brown 2:09.97 (2:13.32p) (PSAC)
20. Grace Reagan 2:12.99 (2:14.23p) (PSAC)
Langley Brockway 2:18.73
21. Sammy Taylor 55.24 (55.78p) (PSAC)
Kristin Gebhard 58.70
Brenna White 1:01.90
Lauren Croll 56.10X (PSAC)
Grace Reagan 57.03X
Lana Brown 57.09X
4. Alyssa Tomb 2:24.86 (2:25.41p) (PSAC)
16. Gracie Wetzel 2:31.48 (2:31.53p) (PSAC)
17. Emily Newton 2:30.24 (2:33.35p) (PSAC)
Rachel Johnston 2:37.17
Emma Grove 2:38.10
Jenna Ober 2:38.92
Lexington Wagner 2:43.85
2. Michaela Hersh 2:08.00 (2:08.95p) (PSAC)
1. Lauren Croll 1:04.34
400 Free Relay
Lauren Croll, Sammy Taylor, Allie Keeling, Marissa Bittner 3:42.98
Lana Brown, Michaela Hersh, Gracie Wetzel, Grace Reagan 3:45.52
Emma Grove, Kristin Gebhard, Langley Brockway, Marina Cote 3:51.66