The AMCC women's swimming and diving teams will take to the starting blocks this week for the 2018 AMCC championship meet. Hosted by Penn State Behrend at the Junker Center, the diving events will lead off Wednesday evening, with the swimming events to follow Thursday, February 15 through Saturday, February 17.
The Behrend women will be looking for their fourth straight, and 11th overall, AMCC conference title. Senior Gwen Lowery, the 2016 AMCC Swimmer of the Year, has had a standout season for the Lions as she ranks in the top 10 times in the AMCC for 10 different events. Lowery boasts the best times of the season in the 100 individual medley (1:07.66), the 200 individual medley (2:17.79), and 400 individual medley (4:49.77). She has also recorded top-five times in the 50 freestyle (26.12), 100 freestyle (56.17), 200 freestyle (2:01.44), 1000 freestyle (11:56.03), 100 butterfly (1:04.10), and the 200 butterfly (2:29.67).
Cabrini University finished in the runner-up spot at last year's championship, and will be looking for their second team title in program history. Sophomore Lauren Finnegan has had a successful campaign this season, as she has earned the top times in the conference in the 200 freestyle (2:00.27), 500 freestyle (5:31.34), 1000 freestyle (11:40.36), and the 1650 freestyle (19:41.57). Finnegan also earned a fourth-best time in the 100 freestyle (56:23) and a second-best time in the 200 individual medley (2:23.15).
Alfred State College finished in third place in 2017 during the first season of their affiliate membership with the AMCC. Freshman Kathryn Lewis has shined during her first year with the Pioneers this season. Lewis' 5:35.74 finish in the 200 freestyle and her 19:58.75 in the 1650 freestyle were the second-fastest times in the conference this season. She also earned top-10 finishes in the 100 freestyle (58.25), 200 freestyle (2:04.11), 1000 freestyle (11:58.13), and 100 breaststroke (1:19.66).
Franciscan University senior Elizabeth McNulty recorded another standout year for the Barons. McNulty earned top times in the AMCC this season in the 200 breaststroke (2:40.9) and the 200 butterfly (2:16.39), while picking up second-best times in the 100 butterfly (1:02.42) and 100 individual medley (1:07.67), and a top-three time in the 200 individual medley (2:23.19).
Penn State Altoona sophomore Emily Booz, the 2017 AMCC Newcomer of the Year, earned four times ranking her in the top ten in the conference this season. Her best times of the season include a fourth-best time in the 200 backstroke (2:23.65) and a fifth-best time in the 100 backstroke (1:05.32). She also recorded top-ten times in the 200 freestyle (2:09.68) and the 200 individual medley (2:31.39).
The Pitt-Bradford women round out the field at this year's championship. Sophomore Kayla Broad ranks in the conference's top 10 times in six different events. Her best finishes include the 50 freestyle (26.71), 100 freestyle (59.03), 200 freestyle (2:10.44), 100 backstroke (1:07.39), 200 backstroke (2:36.10) and the 100 butterfly (1:09.89).
Please click here for the AMCC Swimming and Diving Championship information page.