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2010-11 Tribe Women’s Swimming and Diving Preview

Williamsburg, Va. - The William and Mary Tribe women’s swimming and diving team enters this season looking to the future after another solid season in 2010-11. With the graduation of last year’s senior class, Director of Swimming Matt Crispino knows there will be holes to fill, but he is confident he has the athletes to do it this season.

“We graduated a pretty strong class of seniors last year that covered a broad range of events which means this season newcomers and freshmen will have to step up,” Crispino said. “If they are able to do that, we should be just as competitive as we have been in the recent past.”

Sprint Freestyle
After graduating the two best freestyle sprinters in the program’s history, Katie Radloff and Lindsay Guers, the Tribe will count on not only some talented returnees, but also some new faces in the sprint freestyle events.

Senior Emily Burns will be looked on to lead the sprint freestylers this season and enters the year as one of best sprint freestyle swimmers in the CAA. At last year’s conference championship meet, Burns swam on the silver-medal 200 free relay squad and should contend this year for a place on the podium in the sprint individual events. Burns enters the season ranked second all-time in the College’s history in the 50 free with her time of 23.07.

The Tribe will also look for both junior Liza McDevitt and freshman Sara Shaner to score points this season at the CAA Championships. McDevitt, who ranks in the school’s top-10 in both the 100 and 200 free, will look to break out in her third season for the College, while Shaner comes to Williamsburg with the potential to be the next great sprinter for the program.

If they are able to overcome injury, both seniors Stevi Anderson and Haley Smith could help the Tribe in the sprint freestyle events. Also providing depth in the events this season will be freshman Gabby Famularo.

Distance Freestyle
Coming into this season, junior Molly Emery has already established herself as one of the finest distance freestyle swimmers in the school’s history. Emery will need to have another great season this year, as she headlines a young, but talented corps of swimmers.

After setting the school records in both the 1,000 and 1,650 free during her freshman year, Emery followed with a very strong sophomore campaign. This season, Emery could potentially contend for a place on the podium in the 500 at the CAA Championships.

Coming off a great freshman season, sophomore Caylyn Tate will look to have an even better year in 2010-11 for the Tribe. Tate, who ranks in W&M’s top-10 in the 500, 1,000, and 1,650 free, will look to be a factor at the conference meet this season for the College. Also looking to score points at the CAA Championships this season will be freshman Jennifer Bentley. Bentley will be critical for the Tribe in the distance free events, especially the 1,000 and the 1,650 free.

Providing depth in the distance free events for William and Mary this season will be senior Clare LeGuyader, junior Kelly Fini, and sophomore Meghan Baker. All three will look to improve their times this season and potentially contribute at the conference championships.

Butterfly
One of the strengths of the William and Mary Tribe women’ swimming and diving team this year looks to be the butterfly swimmers. If the Tribe can see some improved times from its returnees and some solid performances from newcomers, the College could have one of the strongest corps of butterflyers in recent program history.

Headlining the group this season will be junior Hailey Hewitt, sophomore Gabrielle Mizerak, and senior Julia Applebaum. Hewitt enters the year ranked second all-time in both the 100 and 200 fly and will look to contend for the podium in both events at the CAA Championships.

Coming off a great freshman season that saw her set the freshman record in the 100 fly, Mizerak will once again be counted on in big way this year. After placing 14th in the 100 fly last season at the CAA’s, Mizerak will look to be swimming in the championship final in 2010-11. After finishing seventh at the conference meet last season in the 100 fly, Applebaum has her sights set on a podium finish this season. If she is able to eclipse her personal-best time of 55.89 that she set last season, Applebaum could end her career with the Tribe with a medal.

Sophomore Kayla O’Malley and freshman Sammie Cooper, along with Hewiit, will form the Tribe’s 200 fly swimmers this season. O’Malley had a nice rookie year, finishing fourth in the consolation finals of the 200 fly at the CAA’s, while Copper has shown great potential and should contribute right away in the event.

Backstroke
Along with the butterfly, the backstroke looks to be another strength of the College this season. An established group, the backstrokers will be counted on to score as many points as possible at the CAAs this year for the Tribe.

In the 100 back, the College will have four of the top six swimmers in the school’s history this season, led by Burns and Hewitt. Burns won the consolation final last season at the conference championship and could contend this season for a podium finish. Hewitt placed third in the consolation finals last year and will look to improve her time this year and be a factor in the championship final.

Also in the 100 back, the College will count heavily on both Mizerak and Applebaum. Applebaum placed seventh last season at the CAA’s in the 100 back, while Mizerak placed 14th overall in her first conference championship meet.

In the 200 back, the Tribe boasts both the school record holder and the second best 200 back swimmer in the program’s history. Hewitt, who holds both the school and freshman record in the event, will look to reclaim the 200 back title she won at the CAA Championships her freshman season. Emery, who ranks just behind Hewitt on the all-time list, placed sixth last season at the CAA’s and will look to add another podium finish to her resume.

The College will also look for big seasons out of Mizerak, senior Hope Sweetnam, and freshman Jennifer Rothemich. All three will contribute in the 200 back and add depth to one of the deepest and most talented aspects of the Tribe’s 2010-11 squad.

Breaststroke
In the breaststroke, Director of Swimming Matt Crispino will be looking for all three of his swimmers to lower their times and have their best seasons to date. All three have the potential to be right in the mix at the CAA’s and will be counted on to score critical points for the College.

Leading the way for the Tribe in the breaststroke will be sophomore Emily Bart, who had a nice rookie season for the Green and Gold. Heading into the season, Bart ranks in the school’s top-10 in both events and will be counted on to lower her times even further in 2010-11.

Sophomore Shelby Randall will also swim both the 100 and 200 breast this season for the College. Randall also had a solid freshman season last year, but will be counted this spring to score some points at the CAA Championship. Junior Laura Matthews will swim the 200 breast this year and has the potential to be a factor this season for the Tribe.

Individual Medley
In both the 200 and 400 individual medleys this season, the Tribe will have a great amount of talent. If the swimmers can perform up to their capabilities, the individual medley events could serve as another strength of the team.

In the 200 IM, the Tribe should be lead by Hewitt, who set the freshman record in the event two seasons ago. Matthews will also be looked to lower her times this season, and should be a big contributor in both IM events this season.

Also in the 200 IM, both O’Malley and freshman Devin Henry could be huge factors for the Tribe if they are able to cash in on their tremendous potential in the event.

In the 400 IM, the College’s swimmers will be headlined by Emery, who finished first in the consolation finals of the 400 IM last season at the CAA Championships. Along with both Matthews and Henry, Bart should also be able to make a difference for the Tribe in the event.

Diving
William and Mary will have a pair of freshman divers, Lilly Bouldin and Heather Michalak, this season, and under the direction of diving coach Joyce D’arcy, have the potential to do some nice things for the Tribe at the CAA Championships.

Having two divers this season will serve as a positive for the Tribe, and if they are able to make an immediate impact, will help the College at the CAA Championships this season.

The William and Mary Tribe women's swimming and diving team will open up the 2010-11 season on Saturday, October 11 when the Tribe travels to face CAA-rival Towson. The meet is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.

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