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Lady Marauders dive into PSAC’s

The team readies for PSAC's. Photo courtesy of Grace Magerr.

Sam Valentin

Staff Writer

The ladies have swum to a record of 4-3 so far this year but are looking to make a huge splash at the PSAC championship starting Thursday.

The Lady Marauders are sending ten girls to the PSAC Championship with many of them looking at this weekend as a gateway to a bigger event, the NCAA Championship.

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The team readies for PSAC's. Photo courtesy of Grace Magerr.
The team readies for PSAC’s. Photo courtesy of Grace Magerr.

“We have a couple kids who are close to a B-cut,” Millersville’s women’s head swimming coach, Kyle Almoney said about his team going into this crucial meet. “ I have three goals; drop time, get the highest place we can finish, and try to get as close to qualifying if not qualifying for NCAA’s. If we do that we will take care of all the other little pieces in terms of breaking records and scoring the most points in school history.”

Although this was not the main objective when the season started back in the fall. The goal was to simply get faster, to improve upon last year. The team exceeded those expectations. MU beat all the teams in their conference this year while shattering some records along the way.

Senior Co-captain, Grace Magerr leads the way for the team. She looks to push even farther than PSAC’s. Her hope is to travel to Indianapolis to compete in the NCAA Championships to end her collegiate swimming career.

Grace Magerr wins an award. Photo courtesy of Grace Magerr.
Grace Magerr wins an award. Photo courtesy of Grace Magerr.

Magerr has already notched two provisional times in the mile and 500-meter freestyle events, which earned her B-cuts, meaning she is currently on the bubble of going to NCAA’S. They draw from B-cuts if there are not enough A-cuts. She would need to drop roughly four seconds off of her 500 time to make an A-cut, which would guarantee her spot in Indianapolis.

The senior will have a busy time at PSAC’S though since she will be competing in the mile, 500, 200, 1000, 400 free relay and the 800 free relay. She will swim everyday sometimes twice a day.

“I am definitely confident in my training. I think since it is my last year I am a little anxious because I want to finish off on a high note, but I am definitely trying to enjoy my last PSAC’s,” Magerr said about going into her final PSAC Championship. “Also reminding myself to trust my training and be confident in my training and everything will fall into place.”

She hopes to leave a lasting impact on the Millersville swimming program. If she makes it to NCAA’s that would mark the first time an MU swimmer would make it to the NCAA Championship.

The PSAC Championship takes place at the York YMCA starting Thursday. The NCAA cuts will be known on Monday.