The William Smith swimming and diving team broke three school records on the final day of the Upper New York State Collegiate Swimming Championships. The Herons broke six school records during the four day championship.
In the preliminary session, first-year Katie Storch turned in a time of 2:11.52 in the 200-yard backstroke, four seconds faster than her seed time. Storch’s time qualified her for the consolation final and lowered the school record held by Vibeke Hopkinson ’83 by more than a second. Hopkinson’s record had been on the books for 32 years. In the consolation final, Storch placed fifth (13th overall).
Sophomore Caroline Conboy qualified for the 200 breaststroke championship final with the morning’s second fastest swim, 2:25.67. Stevens Institute of Technology’s Brittany Geyer hit the wall first with a time of 2:23.23. In the championship final, Conboy placed second with a time of 2:23.53. Not only did her time lower her own personal best, but it lowered the school record she set at the Liberty League Championships by one second. The time was an NCAA “B” qualifying time, her second of the year. Conboy also has an NCAA “B” time in the 100 breaststroke.
The final event of the morning session for William Smith was the 400 freestyle relay. The Herons qualified for the evening’s final with a time of 3:39.28. Senior Christine Rhoads, sophomore Kelsey Bohl, Storch and Conboy teamed up to break the previous school record by more than one second. Jean Farina ’88, Sheila Carmody ’87, Meghan O’Brien ’89 and Kathy Bloom ’87 held the previous school in the 400 free relay standard for 29 years. The William Smith “B” relay team of sophomore Kelsey McElwain, first-year Emily Haskins, senior Samantha Burnett and senior Leah Jacob turned in a time of 3:44.23 to qualify for the third level final.
In the 400 free relay final, Rhoads, Bohl, Storch and Conboy finished seventh with a time of 3:39.99. They touched the wall five-tenths of a second ahead of the relay team from Rochester Institute of Technology. McElwain, Haskins, Burnett and Jacob teamed up to finish fifth among the “B” relays.
The Herons finished the Championship in ninth place with 410 points. Vassar was eighth with 481 points and Alfred University was 10th with 403 points. Ithaca College won the team title scoring 1351 points.
While William Smith has wrapped the 2014-15 season, Conboy has a chance to continue her spectacular season. She currently holds two NCAA “B” level cut times. Those swimmers who reach the “A” qualifying standard earn automatic berths to the NCAA Championships on March 19-21, in Shenandoah, Texas. Conboy will find out on March 3 whether or not her times in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes are fast enough, among those who have met the “B” standard, to qualify for nationals.