Anthony Jadus
Staff Writer

This past weekend, the Millersville women’s swimming team went up against East Stroudsburg University in their last chance for swimmers to qualify for PSACs. Ashley Kichline started the meet off right for Millersville by placing third out of 12 competitors in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:05.14. Freshman Bridget Dooling placed two spots behind Kichline in fifth with a time of 1:05.92. As good as these times were, swimmers were still trying to qualify for PSACs, and so far, no one from Millersville made it.

Ashley Kichline placed third out of twelve competitors with an impressive backstroke time.
Ashley Kichline placed third out of twelve competitors with an impressive backstroke time.

Bridget Dooling got her best time of the season in the 100-yard backstroke event going a time of 1:05.90. Bridget Dooling followed up this time by receiving second place in the 200-yard backstroke with her best time yet of 2:19.98 although she did not qualify for PSACs. This day was not yet over however because there were still events left in the 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard IM, the 100-yard butterfly, and the 500-yard butterfly.
Moving through the day, Jade Wise delivered big time in her event where she qualified in the 200-yard breaststroke with her time of 2:34.03. Such a large accomplishment by Wise really propelled her team through the day and following her, Adriana Rodriquez swam a best time in the 200-yard IM of 2:23.79. Freshman swimmer Megan Oxley also swam well, placing fourth in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:13.54. Megan Oxley also swam the in 500-yard freestyle for the Marauders and ended in 5:52.21, which earned her a sixth-place finish.
In the meet’s sixth event, the 200-yard butterfly, Millersville’s Jaime Cessna placed second with a time of 2:20.30. Cessna would later swim to her seasonal best time in the 100-yard butterfly with a third-place finish in 1:04.45. These times really showcased Cessna’s hard work throughout the whole year as well as the rest of the team. Everybody improved their times, and they all swam very well.
The next event for the MU swim team is at the PSAC Championships, and the conference championships run from Thursday, Feb. 14 until Sunday, Feb. 17.