Tribe Women’s Swimming and Diving Places Sixth at Terrapin Cup Invitational
College Park, Md. - The William and Mary Tribe women’s swimming and diving team finished up the fall season on Saturday, placing sixth at the Terrapin Cup Invitational with a score of 316.5. Maryland won the invitational with a total of 1,065.5.
The highlight of the evening for the Tribe came in the 100 free, where freshman Sara Shaner put on a show. Having already set a personal-best time in qualifying, Shaner eclipsed that mark in the “A” final, touching the wall in fifth place overall with a time of 51.81. With her time, Shaner now ranks eighth all-time in school history. In the “B” final, senior Emily Burns placed in a tie for second, touching the wall in a time of 52.32. Rounding out the Tribe’s effort in the 100 free was juniors Molly Emery and Liza McDevitt. The duo finished the race, 1-2, with Emery winning with a time of 51.80 and McDevitt timing in at 52.75.
In the 1,650 freestyle, the College had three swimmers score valuable points. Sophomore Meghan Baker led the charge, finishing in 12th place with a time of 17:15.80. Timing in right behind her in was freshman Jen Bentley, who touched the wall with a mark of 17:18.83. With her time, Bentley now ranks 10th all-time in W&M history in the event. Sophomore Caylyn Tate placed 15th overall, coming in with a time of 17:26.01.
The Tribe had an impressive five swimmers in the finals of the 200 back, led by junior Hailey Hewitt who won the “B” final with a time of 2:03.28. Sophomore Gabrielle Mizerak placed seventh in the race, timing in at 2:07.46. In the prelims, Mizerak swam a personal-best 2:06.54, which ranks her ninth all-time at the College. In the “C” final, sophomore Kayla O’Malley touched the wall first, coming in with a personal-best time of 2:06.68 that ranks her 10th all-time in school history. Freshman Sammie Cooper finished fifth with a time of 2:08.62 in the race, while freshman Devin Henry came in eighth with a mark of 2:10.38.
In the 200 breast, sophomore Emily Bart spearheaded the Tribe’s effort, placing third in the “B” final with a time of 2:23.55. In the “C” final, junior Laura Matthews placed fourth with a mark of 2:26.24.
In the 200 fly, O’Malley was the Tribe’s only representative. O’Malley didn’t disappoint, placing third in the “B” final with a time of 2:04.32.
The Tribe ended the night in fantastic fashion, placing second in the 400 free relay with a great team effort. The relay of Burns, Shaner, McDevitt, and Emery touched the wall in second place with a time of 3:26.75, ranking them seventh all-time in the event in school history.
With the fall season now complete, the William and Mary Tribe women’s swimming and diving team will next be in action on January 15 when the College will travel to face Virginia Tech.
Terrapin Cup Invitational
Final Team Standings
1. Maryland 1,065.5
2. Villanova 733
3. Connecticut 569
4. Towson 406.5
5. Richmond 345.5
6. William and Mary 316.5
7. West Chester 307
8. Johns Hopkins 126