Both the men’s and women’s swim teams at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) wrapped up their regular seasons on Saturday with a meet against Salisbury University. The women’s squad came away with a resounding victory, defeating Salisbury 129-76. In fact, an SMCM swimmer or team placed first in nine out of the 11 events. Senior Rachel Sonnenberg, sophomores Rebecca Sonnenberg and Carolyn Sutton, and first year Anna LaPoint all helped to pave the way in a extraordinary team win for the Seahawks. This was the biggest victory of the year for the team, and a perfect way to conclude the regular season (smcmathletics.com).
The victory Saturday allowed the women’s team to finish the year with a 3-7 record. The other two victories for the Seahawks were against Randolph-Macon College on Nov. 3 (114-91) and Frostburg State University on Nov. 11 (136-126). These victories show a positive improvement from the 2016-17 season, which saw the women finish at just 1-8. Head coach Casey Brandt,who coaches both the men’s and women’s teams, looks to be taking this program in the right direction.
Seniors Emma Green and Rachel Sonnenberg and junior Samantha Schoenecker are all captains of the women’s team. Nicole Lertora, who spent last season studying abroad, is also finishing up her senior season.
Unfortunately, the men’s swimming team did not fare quite as well against Salisbury, losing the meet 116-89. Nevertheless, there were still several standout performances. First year swimmer Andrew Scott won the 1000-yard freestyle event and the 500-yard freestyle, first year Nate Donoghue placed first in the 100-yard butterfly, sophomore Peter Orban won the 100-yard backstroke event and senior Kieran Broder captured a victory in the 100-yard breaststroke. (smcmathletics.com).
With a young nucleus of swimmers already succeeding, there looks to be a bright future for the SMCM men’s swimming team, who completed their season with a 2-8 overall record. Their two victories came against Randolph-Macon on Nov. 3 (106-99) and against Frostburg on Nov. 11 (145-113).
The men’s team is captained by Broder and fellow senior Ben Ertman. The additional seniors on the team are Lucas Delgado and Maxwell Madden.
Head coach Casey Brandt is finishing up his second season at the helm of the Seahawk aquatics department. Brandt, who swam himself at Loyola College of Maryland, is assisted by SMCM alumni Jackson Webb.
While Saturday’s meet may conclude the regular season, both of the Seahawk teams will look to finish off the year strong at the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) championships. The Seahawks will once again host the CAC championships at the Michael P. O’Brien Athletics and Recreation Center. The tournament will begin on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 6:00 p.m. and conclude the afternoon of Feb. 25. The Seahawk swimmers will look to use their home pool as an advantage for the championships.