Baltimore, Md. – For the second Saturday in a row, the Goucher Swim and Dive team welcomed an opponent to von Berries Pool. The second of three home meets was against Salisbury University. The Goucher women were led by four swimmers that placed top three in two events each. Jacy MacConvery (Liburn, Ga./Parkview) paced the way for the men in the nonconference match-up.
Not only did MacConvery win the 200 fly with a season best time of 2:07.31, but he also placed third in the 200 breast (2:36.00). Fellow gopher, Ryan Freeburg (Middletown, Del./Middletown), was second in the same event, but with a time of 2:25.60. Freeburg garnered another second-place spot in the 50 breast. He swam in 29.19, a season best. Freeburg rounded out the day with a personal best time of 58.99 in the 100 IM free – fast enough to gain third place.
Jackson Penner (Newille, Pa./Big Spring) also had a couple of top finishes himself. He was third in the 50 back (29.02). Penner swam in 23.61 in the 50 free, another third-place security. But, these were not the only Gopher swimmers who placed. Sean Swanson (Los Angeles, Calif./New Roads) was third in the 1000 free, swimming in 12:37.42. Richie Bialik (New City, N.Y./Clarkstown) had a personal best time of 2:34.17 in the 200 back. He was third, the same as Connor Lawrence (North Potomac, Md./Wootton) in the 500 free. Lawrence's time of 5:43.43 was also a personal best.
As mentioned above, the Gopher women swim team had a quite few athletes with top-three places. Hallie Stewart (Chesapeake, Va./Indian River) was second in the 1000 free (12:26.44) and third in the 200 fly (2:50.56). Kelci Wood (Spencer, Ind./Owen Valley) and Jaime Damm (Middletown, Md./Middletown) finished second and third in the 50 back. Wood's time of 31.62 was a personal best, while Damm swam in 32.31. Wood also placed third in the 100 free with a season best time of 59.47. Damm had a personal best time of 1:12.25 in the 100 IM free.
Kathryn Shannon (Thousand Oaks, Calif. / Louisville) adds two third place holdings to the mix. She swam 27.21 in the 50 free and 2:26.24 in the 200 back. Alejandra Berry-Ruiz (New Haven, Conn./Amity) placed third in the 50 fly (30.01).
Despite the Gophers hard efforts, both the men and the women fell to the Salisbury University Sea Gulls. The Goucher men lost by a score of 446-309. The Goucher women fell 414-311.
The Goucher College Swim Team will be back in action after the New Year. The first meet of 2020 will be their last home meet on January 17. The Landmark Conference event against Susquehanna will start at 1 pm.