Friday, February 18, 2011
Swimming Championship Preview
The 18th annual Centennial Conference men's and women's swimming championships move to a new venue in 2011, but the top teams remain the same.
Bullets' Pool at Gettysburg College takes over as the host venue after the championship spent the last 15 years at Franklin & Marshall. Time will tell how "fast" the pool is, but the competition should be outstanding this weekend.
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Defending champion Franklin & Marshall won the dual-meet title and is the favorite entering the weekend. Gettysburg will challenge the Diplomats for the traveling trophy, as the Bullets lost by just nine points to F&M in the regular-season finale. Last year's championship meet was the third-closest in Conference history, as only 44 points separated F&M and Gettysburg.
Individually, Washington College's Rachel Glasser looks to join an elite club this weekend, as she shoots for her third Outstanding Performer award. Only Franklin & Marshall's Carmen Trombini - who won four consecutive MOP awards from 1995-98 - has won more than Glasser. She is the favorite and Conference record holder in the 500 free, 100 and 200 fly.
Also back to defend their 2010 championships are F&M's Emily Zacherl (400 IM), Gettysburg's Brooke Lacey (200 breast), McDaniel's Rachel Walega (100 breast), and Ursinus' Danielle Yentz (200 back).
Franklin & Marshall has won four consecutive titles and six in a row, but the Diplomats' reign will be challenged by Gettysburg and Dickinson. The Bullets won the dual-meet title, while the Red Devils finished second. Something must give this weekend - F&M and Gettysburg have each won eight of the 16 championships that determined a team champion.
A new face to watch is Dickinson freshman Jason Adams, who is the top-seeded swimmer in the 50 free, 100 fly and 100 back.
Back to defend their 2010 titles are F&M's Jake Reingold (500 and 1650 free), Travis Catania (400 IM) and Tom Bergstrom (200 free), along with Gettysburg's Matt Libby (100 free).
Meet Program and Preview