November 2, 2013

200 Medley Relay Leads Hood Past Lycoming

FREDERICK, Md. - The 200-yard medley relay team set its second school record of the season as Hood College won nine of the 11 events in a 124-81 victory over visiting Lycoming.

The quartet of Shannon McHale (Hauppauge, N.Y. / Hauppauge), Shannon Welch (Henderson, Nev. / Las Vegas Academy of the Arts), Lauren Fogarty (Arnold, Md. / Broadneck) and Ashley Griffin (Littlestown, Pa. / Delone Catholic) swam a 1:55.66 to win the day's first event in record time. Hood's old standard had come just two weeks ago at 1:57.19.

McHale, Fogarty and Griffin would go on to win two more events apiece on the afternoon. 

McHale went on to win the 100-yard butterlfy in 1:02.52 and capped her day with a close call in the 100-yard backstroke. She touched the wall in 1:04.03, just 0.65 faster than Lycoming's BethAnn Schwoyer.

Fogarty won both the 1,000-yard freestyle and the 200-yard individual medley. She captured the 1,000 free with a time of 11:30.51, over 31 seconds faster than her nearest competitor. She then swam a 2:18.60 in the 200 IM for a four-second victory.

Making her collegiate debut in impressive fashion, Griffin turned in victories in a pair of freestyle events. She won the 50-yard free by nearly a second over the competition with a time of 26.21. In the 100-yard free, she swam a 56.55, almost 1.5 seconds ahead of teammate Anne Lessard (Natick, Mass. / Natick).

Caitlin Fay (Henrico, Va. / Mills E. Godwin) won a pair of events, as well. Her first win came in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:05.24. Teammate Sydney Langer (Falls Church, Va. / Falls Church) was Fay's nearest competitor in the 500-yard free. Fay swam a 5:33.95, almost 14 seconds better than Langer's 5:47.65.

The win improved Hood to 3-1 on the season and 2-0 against Middle Atlantic Conference competition.

The Blazers wrap up a three-meet homestand against Elizabethtown on November 6 at 6 p.m.

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