The women’s swim team hosted their last home meet on Wednesday, Jan. 23 versus Bryn Mawr College. The 101-95 victory was bittersweet because the team said goodbye to senior captains Meghan O’Leary, Deborah Williams and Christina Clark.
Prior to the meet, the three seniors swam their last lap together and were greeted at the opposite end of the pool by their junior teammates with flowers and balloons. O’Leary, Williams and Clark had all been members of the team for four years.
“I am excited that it’s finally over but at the same time it’s pretty sad,” psychology major Williams said.
Among the memories they have created with the team, each of them recalls the 6 a.m. practices every Friday morning.
“Training hard at 6 a.m. was really hard but in the end it disciplined the team well,” education major O’Leary said.
The bright and early practices may have paid off for the team, as Bryn Mawr is a member of the highly competitive Centennial Conference.
The women’s 200-yard medley relay of sophomore Andrea Carabello, freshman Emily Yurick, sophomore Jessica Hemingway and freshman Amanda Murphy took first place with a time of 2:02.65.
Murphy also placed first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 27.44 and freshman Jamie O’Hanlon trailed with a time of 28.76 to capture a second place win.
Other first places in the meet include Yurick in 200-yard individual medley, Hemingway in the 100-yard butterfly, Carabello in the 100-yard freestyle and sophomore Kaitlin Manning in the 100-yard backstroke.
The men’s and women’s teams ended their season with a competition versus Swarthmore College on Saturday, Jan. 26 and were defeated by the Centennial Conference former champions.
“This was the best year so far for Cabrini swimming. We had a lot of personal best times,” sophomore exercise science and health promotion major Anne Konicki said. “In the year to come we have some good swimmers coming up and we hope to continue to improve.”