Women's swimmers set personal records at WPI meet

Lucy Hamann '22 (Josh McKee photo)
Lucy Hamann '22 (Josh McKee photo)

The Hamilton College Continentals wrapped up the first day of the seventh annual Gompei Invitational at Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Sports & Recreation Center with Friday night's finals.

The 100-yard butterfly was Hamilton's best event as Lucy Hamann '22 and Kenzie Burton '22 competed in the "A" final. Hamann grabbed fifth place with a time of 58.69 seconds and shot up to fifth place on the team's Top 10 Times list while Burton finished in 10th place in 59.63 seconds. Meredith Gioia '22 finished seventh in the "B" final (17th overall) with a time of 1:00.15, but her time of 59.30 seconds in the morning's preliminary heats was good for eighth place on the top times list. Karly Leiman '22 was 10th in the "C" final (30th overall) in 1:01.61.

Julia Martin '21 was the third Continental who competed in the "A" finals of an event. Martin ended up in sixth place in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:29.79, but her prelim performance of 2:29.02 improved her personal record by three-tenths of a second. Jillian Rhodes '22 was seventh in the "B" final (17th overall) in 2:32.66 and Maddie Carter '23 was right behind in eighth place (18th overall) with a time of 2:32.93.

Gioia led four Hamilton swimmers in the 200 individual medley finals as she finished fourth in the "B" final (14th overall) with a time of 2:14.59. Rhodes was next in ninth place in the "B" final (19th overall) in 2:15.80. Julia Bligh '23 was third in the "C" final (23rd overall) with a time of 2:15.37 and Lucy Elliott '23 was sixth (26th overall) in 2:16.37.

Sadie Logan '20 finished eighth in the "B" final (18th overall) of the 50 freestyle with a time of 25.10 seconds, but her time of 24.78 seconds in prelims moved her up to seventh place on the top times list. Sam Karlson '23 took second place in the "C" final (22nd overall) in 25.05 seconds, but was slightly faster in prelims with a time of 25.02 seconds and moved into 10th place on the top times list by one one-hundredth of a second.

The quartet of Logan, Martin, Hamann and Karlson finished third in the 800 free relay with a time of 7:51.26. Karlson anchored the relay and posted the best 200 split (1:55.36). Patricia Shiebler '21 was 14th in the 1,650 free (18:36.32).

The Continentals are in seventh place out of 13 teams with 824 points. The team scores are the combined total for the men's and women's teams. The second day gets underway with preliminary heats at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7.