Walega claims gold in 100 breast

Rachel Walega  2012 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Rachel Walega 2012 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Rachel Walega (Ambler, Pa./Wissahickon) brought home her third career gold medal in the 100 breaststroke to lead McDaniel to a sixth-place finish at the 2012 Centennial Conference (CC) women's swimming championship hosted by Gettysburg on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The Green Terror set a new program best for points scored at the CC championship meet with 380.5 points, besting the 2004 total of 364 points. Gettysburg won its 13th crown with a the fewest points ever scored by the winning team (635.5). Franklin & Marshall was second (597.5) while Ursinus (537) and Swarthmore (527) were third and fourth, respectively. Dickinson rounded out the top five with 494 points.

In addition to the record number of points for McDaniel, three new program records were established while two more records were within one-quarter second of falling and no fewer than 19 all-time top-10 performances were achieved. In addition to Walega's gold, the Green Terror also nabbed three silver medals and two bronzes. The six total medals were the most since 2004.

Walega advanced to the 100 breaststroke finals as the top seed, swimming a time of 1:07.21 in the prelims before winning the event with a time of 1:08.02.

Walega was also part of record-setting performances by both medley relays, joining Kerrie Vanscoy (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora), Brittney Lenz (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) and Emma Duesterhaus (Spartanburg, S.C./Spartanburg Day) for a pair of silver medals.

The quartet swam to a time of 4:03.44 in Friday's night's 400 medley relay finale before opening Saturday night's session with a time of 1:49.48 in the 200 medley relay.

Walega and Duesterhaus also teamed with Abbie Schickler (Montgomery Village, Md./Covenant Life) and Mariel Ramey (Framingham, Mass./Keystone National) to finish fourth in the 200 free relay on Friday night, turning in a time of 1:40.28 to place second all-time.

The same quartet – albeit in a different order – was sixth in the 400 free relay, closing the weekend with a time of 3:42.16 to nab second on that performance list as well.

Walega was also sixth in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:28.94.

Duesterhaus bettered her own program record to earn bronze in the 50 free. After qualifying for the A-final seventh in a time of 25.00 seconds, she bettered that time by 0.3 seconds to finish third in 24.70. The sophomore added an individual silver in 100 backstroke with a time of 59.39, missing her own program-best mark by 0.16 seconds.

Ramey made it a 2-3 finish in the shorter backstroke race, improving her place by one position from the prelims to take bronze in a time of 1:01.42, which is now third all-time.

Duesterhaus had the weekend's other near miss for another record, missing her own 100 free record by 0.21 seconds. She finished sixth in the event with a time of 54.54 seconds.

Jessica Fry (St. Mary's, Ga./Camden County) closed her career with a trio of top-three all-time individual performances. She finished fifth in the 1650 free with a time of 17:54.97, become only the second Green Terror swimmer ever to break 18 minutes in the event.

She was also fifth in the 500 free, improving to third on the all-time list with a time of 5:13.36.

With a time of 4:46.52 in the prelims of the 400 IM, she moved into third place all time. Fry lost 0.02 seconds in the finals but still placed fourth.

Fry was also part of the 800 free relay, which finished sixth in a time of 8:10.23. The senior joined Lexie Jacobs (Forest Hill, Md./North Harford), Ramey and Schickler to rank fourth all-time.

Fry was also part of the 400 free B-relay with Vanscoy, Kerrin Holmes (Avondale, Pa./Avon Grove) and Casey McCole (Hanover, Pa./South Western) that was 14th but cracked the top-10 all-time. Their time of 3:50.73 ranks ninth.

That wasn't the only B-relay to earn a spot on the top-10 list.

The 400 medley relay of Ramey, Schickler, Jacobs and Holmes was fourth all-time with its 13th-place time of 4:11.31.

The 200 free relay of McCole, Lenz, Fry and Ramey was 12th was fifth all-time with its 12th-place time of 1:43.65 – a time which was better than two squad's A-relays.

Ramey placed fifth in the 200 backstroke, finishing with a time 2:12.38 to rank second all-time.

In the 50 free, she turned in a time of 25.53 in the prelims, which is seventh all-time. She finished 14th in the finals with a time of 25.65. In the same event, Walega finished 18th, missing the finals, but her time of 25.61 is ninth on the program's all-time list.

Jacobs turned in three all-time top-10 performances. With a 14th-place time of 2:17.74 in the 200 IM prelims, she moved into fifth place on that list. Jacobs finished in the same position in the finals with a time of 2:18.64.

Jacobs finished ninth in the 400 IM with a time of 4:51.35, which is fifth all-time, improving from 10th place during the prelims.

Jacobs was the first swimmer to miss the finals of the 200 butterfly, finishing 17th with a time of 2:25.04, which is eighth in program history.

Lenz and Schickler each moved into the all-time top-five in one event.

Lenz finished the 100 butterfly in a time of 1:02.44 to finish 14th while Schickler completed the 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:36.05 to place 13th. Lenz improved one position from the prelims while Schickler dropped a position despite shaving 1.34 seconds off her prelim time.

Schickler was also ninth in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.56) after qualifying in 11th position. She also placed 20th in the 200 IM but moved into ninth place on the all-time list with her time of 2:19.89.

Vanscoy rounded out the consolation finalists for McDaniel. She was ninth in the 100 backstroke (1:02.14) and 12th in the 200 backstroke (2:16.59).

Team Scores: 1. Gettysburg 635.5, 2. Franklin & Marshall 597.5, 3. Ursinus 537, 4. Swarthmore 527, 5. Dickinson 494, 6. McDaniel 380.5, 7. Washington 215, 8. Bryn Mawr 176.5.

McDaniel Results: 200 Free Relay: 4. Abbie Schickler, Rachel Walega, Kerrin Holmes, Emma Duesterhaus 1:40.28, 12. Casey McCole, Brittney Lenz, Jessica Fry, Mariel Ramey 1:43.65; 500 Free Prelims: 6Q. Fry 5:14.41, 27. Monica Parcell 5:41.97, 30. Kerrie Vanscoy 5:46.05; 500 Free Finals: 5. Fry 5:13.36; 200 IM Prelims: 14q. Lexie Jacobs 2:17.74, 20. Schickler 2:19.89, 36. Caitlin Pozmanter 2:35.05; 200 IM Finals: 14. Lexie Jacobs 2:18.64; 50 Free Prelims: 7Q. Duesterhaus 25.00, 14Tq. Ramey 25.53, 18. Walega 25.61, 23. Holmes 26.09, 26T. McCole 26.36, 31T. Lenz 26.74, 37. Meg Protzman 27.60; 50 Free Finals: 3T. Duesterhaus 24.70%, 14. Ramey 25.65; 400 Medley Relay: 2. Vanscoy, Walega, Lenz, Duesterhaus 4:03.44%, 13. Ramey, Schickler, Jacobs, Holmes 4:11.31; 200 Medley Relay: 2. Vanscoy, Walega, Lenz, Duesterhaus 1:49.48%, 16. Protzman, Pozmanter, Holmes, Parcell 2:05.99; 400 IM Prelims: 4Q. Fry 4:46.52, 10q. Jacobs 4:54.79; 400 IM Finals: 4. Fry 4:46.54, 9. Jacobs 4:51.35; 100 Butterfly Prelims: 15q. Lenz 1:03.22; 100 Butterfly Finals: 14. Lenz 1:02.44; 200 Free Prelims: 25. Parcell 2:09.69, 26. McCole 2:10.89; 100 Breaststroke Prelims: 1Q. Walega 1:07.21, 11q. Schickler 1:10.45, 28. Pozmanter 1:18.50; 100 Breaststroke Finals: 1. Walega 1:08.02, 9. Schickler 1:10.56; 100 Backstroke: 2Q. Duesterhaus 59.96, 4Q. Ramey 1:01.75, 9q. Vanscoy 1:02.56, 24. Protzman 1:08.64, 25. Anna Pleskunas 1:08.79, 27. Elyse Hyle 1:18.18; 100 Backstroke Finals: 2. Duesterhaus 59.39, 3. Ramey 1:01.42, 9. Vanscoy 1:02.14; 800 Free Relay: 6. Fry, Jacobs, Ramey, Schickler 8:10.23, 13. Parcell, Holmes, Vanscoy, McCole 8:34.60; 1650 Free: 5. Fry 17:54.97; 200 Backstroke Prelims: 4Q. Ramey 2:13.05, 12q. Vanscoy 2:16.63, 27. Protzman 2:28.89, 29. Pleskunas 2:30.87; 200 Backstroke Finals: 5. Ramey 2:12.38, 12. Vanscoy 2:16.59; 100 Free Prelims: 6Q. Duesterhaus 54.57, 24. Holmes 57.31, 30. McCole 58.96, 32. Parcell 59.08, 37. Hyle 1:10.11; 100 Free Finals: 6. Duesterhaus 54.54; 200 Breaststroke Prelims: 6Q. Walega 2:31.57, 12q. Schickler 2:37.39, 24. Pozmanter 2:49.85; 200 Breaststroke Finals: 6. Walega 2:28.94, 13. Schickler 2:36.05; 200 Butterfly Prelims: 17. Jacobs 2:25.04, 21. Lenz 2:31.16;400 Free Relay: 6. Ramey, Schickler, Walega, Duesterhaus 3:42.16, 14. Vanscoy, Fry, Holmes, McCole 3:50.73.

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