Women’s swimming team laps previous Millersville records

Brooke Stephens
Staff Writer

With the grand showing over the course of three days, the swim team broke many records.
With the grand showing over the course of three days, the swim team broke many records.

This past weekend was the PSAC swimming Championships, in Mechanicsburg. The events took place Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and the Millersville women’s swim team finished in the 10th place overall in the 38th annual conference meet.
On Friday, school records were broken for both the 200-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard medley relay. Millersville placed 10th in the 200-yard freestyle relay and broke the previous school record with a time of 1:38.34. The team was made up of Brigid Kavanaugh, Amanda Thomas, Rebecca Anderson and Sarah Bernhardt, they also received 14 points for Millersville. The Lady Marauders placed seventh in the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 3:56.93. Ashley Kichline, Brigid Mary McDonnell, Bernhardt and Thomas made up the medley team, and broke their previous best time of 4:01.51.
Bernhart also placed 10th in the 50-yard freestyle, with a time of 24.13, her second best time of the season for the event.
McDonnell finished 16th overall for the 200-yard IM, with a time of 2:12.65.
At the end of day two of the championships, Millersville picked up 46 points. Saturday the competition continued.
On the third day of competition, Bernhardt finished fourth in the 100-yard butterfly finals. She finished with a time of 57.65, within .54 seconds of first place swimmer Kelsey Brooker from Bloomsburg. Bernhardt does currently hold five individual school records and four relay school records.
Arielle Walbert finished 15th in the 400-yard IM, with a time of 4:47.38. Amanda Thomas placed 15th in the 200-yard freestyle, with a time of 1:57.12.
McDonnell finished 10th overall in the 100-yard breaststroke, touching the wall in 1:07.12. McDonnell was also able to nab seven points for Millersville.
The 800-freestyle relay was the final event for Millersville, Grace Magerr, Rebecca Anderson, Adriana Rodriguez and Thomas placed ninth with a time of 8:01. They shaved nearly three seconds off their preliminary time.
At the end of the third day, Millersville was in the 11th place, with a total of 112 points.
On the final day of competition Bernhardt set a new school record for the 100-yard freestyle, touching the wall in a time of 52.19, finishing in fourth-place. Bernhardt recorded NCAA “B” cut times for the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly during the season, she is waiting to see if they are qualifying times for the NCAA Championships, taking place March 6-9.
The 400-yard freestyle relay, composed of Bernhardt, Anderson, Magerr and Thomas finished in ninth place with a time of 3:34.26, and nabbed 18 points for Millersville. The ladies also broke the previous school record of 3:36.48, set by Bernhart, Thomas, Magerr and Kavanaugh.
Finally, McDonnell finished 14th in the 200-yard with a time of 2:28.34, receiving three points for Millersville.
The Lady Marauders ended the competition with a total of 148 points, the most points any Millersville team has scored. The previous school record, set in 2006, was 121.
West Chester was the first place finisher at the conference, totaling 800 points.