Swim Team Overwhelm Opponents in Conference Championship

By Maxime Devillaz
Assistant Sports Editor Skjermbilde 2014-02-19 kl. 01.37.28

After a comfortable lead from first splash during the three-day- long event, the Pioneer swim team stood for an impressive victory in the Metropolitian Conference Championships in Pistachaway, N.J. on Feb. 14-16.

On Friday, Feb. 14, senior Captain Malin Hedberg took the lone Pioneer win, as she swam the 500-yard freestyle on a time of 5:07:21, earning 32 fresh points to her team.

Thereafter, the green machine held their top mark by bringing in multiple top-10 finishes throughout the day. In the 200-yard individual medley, four Post members reached the wall in second through fifth-place marks. Tamara Garriock led the way, followed by Johanna Petters- son, who topped her second-best school history time with 2:03:39.

On Saturday, Feb. 15, the green and gold retained remarkable top performances. The highlight of the day came after the 200-yard relay team-meet, where the Pioneers marked a new pool and Conference record, by beating the previous record set by the University of Florida. This also meant a historic new Post top-time.

Once again, the green machine dominated the events’ top place. The final individual event of the day was the 100-yard backstroke, where three women from Post managed to finish first, second, and third. Seren Jones won the meet with the third best time in Pioneer history, as she put her hand to the wall at the time of 55:97.

After last year’s success, there was no doubt that the green machine aimed to bring home the Conference Championship title again. By overwhelming their opponents in the first meet, and setting the bar high, they were comfortable enough to hold on to their lead against runner-up Bridgeport. ”We are all pumped to finish this final session with a bang and bring home the Conference Champions title again,”said Seren Jones before their last day of meets—and so they did.

When counting the score from the weekend, the Pioneers reached 1355 points, which was almost 300 points ahead of the number two Bridgeport.

Next up will be the ECAC’s in Annapolis, M.D., on Feb. 28 to March 2, where Maureen Travers and her roster hope to achieve the same great, before heading to defend the National Championship.

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Categories: Sports, Swimming

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