YORK, Pa. - The opening session of the Middle Atlantic Conference Championships featured just two events and the Hood College women's swim team set records in both and sits in fifth place heading into the first full day of action at the Graham Aquatics Center.
The Blazers opened the championships with a record time in the 200-yard medley relay. Caitlin Fay (Henrico, Va. / Mills E. Goodwin), Lauren Fogarty (Arnold, Md. / Broadneck), Shannon McHale (Hauppage, N.Y. / Hauppage), and Ashley Griffin (Littlestown, Pa. / Delone Catholic) finished fifth in 1:54.23, cutting over two tenths of a second off the old record of 1:55.66, set earlier this season.
While Hood just edged passed a record in the night's first event, the Blazers demolished a mark in the final event. Fay, Griffin, Sydney Langer (Falls Church, Va. / Falls Church), and Fogarty swam over 20 seconds faster than the school's existing record in the 800-yard freestyle relay. The foursome turned in a time of 7:59.67 to finish fourth in the event. Hood's previous best time was set at last year's MAC Championships in 8:20.30.
The Blazers enter the second day of action with 58 points, good for fifth place in the team standings. Hood is just four points behind fourth-place Misericordia and six behind Albright. Messiah leads the team standings with 74 points, four more than second place Widener.
Action on February 14 starts with a session at 10 a.m., with another session slated to start at 6 p.m.