ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The York College women's swimming team finished the first day of competition at the 2011 Capital Athletic Conference Swimming Championships sporting new school records. The Spartans, who are currently in sixth place overall with 61 points, saw the 500 freestyle record go down twice Friday while the 200 IM mark also went down.
Michaela Guild, who has had a fantastic junior campaign with the Green and White, broke York's 500 freestyle record twice on Friday. In the morning, Guild posted a 5:21.78 to set a new standard before coming back in the evening and breaking it yet again with a 5:21.14. Guild, who finished seventh overall, owns each of the Spartans' three distance freestyle records.
Rookie Anna Schuster provided another new Spartan-best in the 200 IM. The promising youngster posted a 2:17.47 to establish the fresh record.
In the 400 medley relay, the Green and White snagged fourth-place points to conclude the women's portion of the evening. The combination of Kathy Murphy, Kelsie Pike, Schuster, and Chelsea Ross raced to a 4:17.73.
Notably, freshman Jenny Hinkle put together a strong 500 freestyle performance in the consolation finals. After trailing for a majority of the race, the rookie finished her final 200 in 2:09.63, including her final 50 split of 31.58, to come back and register tenth overall.
Pike, a fellow rookie, made it back for the evening finals in her very first CAC Championships. Pike posted a 2:23.92 in the 200 IM as she finished 12th overall.
The Spartans return to action on Saturday, February 19, as the CAC Championships continue from St. Mary's, Md. Morning preliminaries are slated for a 10:00 am start.
PHOTO: Junior Michaela Guild prepares for her 500 freestyle final, where she set a new school record in the event.