MU swimming finishes season on top

Sam Valentin

Staff Writer


That is the word that popped into Senior co-captain Grace Magerr’s head to describe the Millersville Women’s swim team performance this year.

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The team placed 8th overall at the PSAC Championship where they racked up 175 points. They amassed the second-most points in program history and the 8th place finish was the best showing in the conference meet since 2006.

“This year our team performed so well at PSACs. We were able to place 8th which is the highest we placed since my time here. We also were the highest scoring all girls team, which is awesome,” Magerr said about her team’s performance. “I am so happy and proud that I was able to be part of this team.”

The ladies were lead by strong performances from arguably the best distance swimmer in Millersville history, Magerr.

One of her goals coming into her final Conference Championship was to place top 8 in all her event. She came so close to doing just that in her finale. She came up just short in the 200-yard freestyle and the 800 relay where she placed 12th and the team finished 9th in the relay. She found the winner’s podium in all her other events. Magerr rebroke her 1,000-yard freestyle and mile school records that earned her 5th place finishes in both. She also placed 4th in the 500 freestyle. She also competed in the 800 relay that placed 7th.

The rest of the team swam fast as well. The lady Marauders had five swimmers in the 50-yard freestyle event with Rachel Malampy finishing the highest in 20th followed by Brigid Kavanaugh in 22nd. Marina Barineau posted a time of 25.32 along with Amira Washington who placed 38th and Janelle Laudermilch touched the wall with a time of 25.94.

In the 200-yard medley relay the combination of Emily Fusco, Janelle Laudermilch, Rachel Malampy and Brigid Kavanaugh placed ninth. The foursome of Lizzie Ebert, Marina Barrineau, Rachel Malampy and Brigid Kavanaugh posted a time of 1:39:11 in the 200 free relay.

Everyone agrees this season was still a success for the Lady Marauders. They accomplished so much this year including beating every girls team in their conference and broke many records along the way. They hope to build upon this strong performance for years to come.

The girls will see if their B-cuts are good enough to take the to Indianapolis to compete in the NCAA Championship later this week. For many of the girls this marks the end of the season though. If Magerr does not make NCAA’s this capped her time swimming for the Black and Gold.

“I’m very happy with all my accomplishments and I’m glad I was able to end my swimming career on a high note,” Magerr said while reflecting upon her collegiate career inside the pool. “I hope that I leave behind a sense of leadership for the girls still on the team. I want to be looked up to as someone who dominated both in and out of the pool.”