Messiah Conquers Senior Day In Convincing Fashion
Grantham, PA - The first class of Senior's to complete all four years of Messiah Swimming were honored on Saturday.
Four years ago Messiah had its inagural season of swimming. In just the four short years records have fallen, meets have been won, and for the first time seniors celebrate Senior Day having been part of Messiah Swimming each of their four years.
"I cannot believe it has been four years already," said head Messiah Swim coach Nancy Luley who helped start Messiah swimming and has been with the program since the beginning. She went on to add, "to see the program blossom so quickly and for so many swimmers to already have been apart of success is absolutely amazing."
The two swimmers who are the first two be with Messiah Swimming for all four years are Ashley Bell and Zachary McCardle. Both of whom have been captains for the past two years.
"Their leadership has been invaluable to this team," stated Luley praising the two seniors who have been pioneers for the swim program. She continued, "Ashley is so caring and has really been a terrific mentor and leader for the women's team. Zach is Zach, he has a very unique, yet incredible way of motivating the Men's team and has helped them bond into the unit that they are now."
As emotions ran high on Saturday, Messiah channeled those emotions into speed in the pool. Arcadia and Kings didn't stand a chance against this Falcons team.
Zach McCardle lead the Men's 200 yard medley team to victory with a time of 1:47.24.
On the Women's team Lauren Clune, Laura Penwell, Molly Handley, Hannah Schaffer, and Katelynn Sagaser all finished in first place in their respective events.
The Men's Tim Alarcon swam in the Men 1,000 yard freestyle for the first time in his collegiate career. Not only did he win the event, but with a time of 11:23.60 he also qualified for MAC's.
"It was great to see Tim try the 1,000 yard freestyle and qualify for MAC's. He was extremely pleased with his performance and about being able to make it to MAC's in that event," Luley noted on Tim's swimming in the 1,000 yard freestyle.
Michael Lacson, Nate Brown, Luke Sagasser, and Zachary Krueger were other winners for the Messiah Men's team in each of their individual events.
The Women's team defeated Kings by a score of 75-46 and they beat Arcadia 73-48.
The Men's team won conviningly as well, overcoming King's 79-42 and they swam away from Arcadia 81-35.
"Both the Men's and the Women's teams did exactly what I expected them to do...Win," Coach Luley proudly commented on her teams performance on Saturday.
Hopefully, the Falcons can use these victories to swim strong during the end of the regular season and propel them into the post-season. They do have almost two weeks of to practice and prepare for the final stretch.
The Swim team's next meet is on Friday, January 27th at home against Misercordia.