MSWIM/WSWIM: Colonels pick up podium finishes in MAC Champs

Luke Modrovsky, Editor-in-Chief

YORK, Pa. — Broken program records, podium finishes and new personal bests are the results of a grueling four-day Middle Atlantic Conference championship   meet at the Graham Aquatic Center from Thursday through Sunday evening.

On the first night, the men wasted no time, both figuratively and literally, with a sixth place finish in the 200 Medley Relay from sophomore Jared Byrne, freshman Trey Harloff and sophomores Justin Burda and Nick Martino, finishing in 1:38.91.

In the 800 Freestyle Relay, the Colonels picked up another sixth place finish from Harloff, junior Tyler Weatherby, freshman Joseph Antolick and Byrne. They touched the wall in 7:20.03.

On day two, Martino, Burda, Antolick and Byrne finished the 200 Freestyle in seventh in 1:28.14.

On day three, Burda notched a fifth place 52.35 in the 100 Fly. The relay team of freshman Timothy Sechler-Stone, Harloff, Burda and Antolick picked up another sixth place finish with a 3:39.89 mark in the 400 Medley Relay.

On the final day, Byrne qualified for the A final in the 100 Free and earned a seventh place finish after a 48.09 race.

The women earned their first relay podium finish in the four years since the re-start of the program. Sophomore Abby Keating, seniors Morgan Williams and Allie Aspey and freshman Jessica Turnitza bested the previous team record in the 800 Freestyle Relay by 12 seconds. Their time of 8:27.20 was good for an eight place finish.

On the evening of day three, Keating placed fourth in the 400 IM after finishing in 4:49.20.

Keating would pick up her, and team’s third podum finish of the weekend after touching the wall in 2:16.29 in the 200 Fly.

In the team category, the men earned a seventh of 12 teams and the women placed 10th of 12 teams.