Swimming Finishes 2019 Season Strong

The St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) swimming team is just over halfway through their 2019-2020 season. Both the men’s and women’s teams currently sit at 1-6 a piece this season, with their sole wins coming against the University of Mary Washington back on Oct. 26. This meet against Mary Washington was the first of the year for both Seahawk squads. 

Despite their records, the men’s and women’s teams have been performing well individually. Senior captain of the men’s team, Peter Orban, is in the midst of another phenomenal season at SMCM. Orban has been one of the top swimmers in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) since the fall of 2016. He specializes in backstroke and freestyle, owning several school records. During the Randolph-Macon Invitational on Nov. 23 and 24, Orban broke two more program records. He broke the 100 yard backstroke program record with a time of 52.73 and the 200 yard backstroke program record with a time of 1:55.01, according to SMCM Athletics. 

The men’s team had several other swimmers do well at the invitational as well. On the first day, the 200 yard freestyle relay team of junior Nate Donoghue, senior Ryan Akhavan, and first-years Jack Kennedy and Anri Cifuentes Robinson placed fifth in their event. Additionally, Orban, Cifuentes Robinson, Akhavan, and Donoghue teamed up in the 400 yard medley relay, placing fifth. On the second day, first-year Sebastian Ludwig placed eighth in the 1650 yard freestyle event with a time of 17:31.58. Akhavan finished fourth in the 200 yard butterfly and the 400 yard freestyle relay team came in fifth place. This relay team consisted of Orban, sophomore Lucas Wheal, Kennedy, and Donoghue. As a team, this was all good enough to put the Seahawks in seventh place out of twelve for the meet, according to SMCM Athletics. 

The women’s team also fared pretty well at the invitational, placing sixth out of twelve. The 200 yard freestyle team of junior Brenna Litynski, first-year Christina Trnkus, sophomore Leila McClosley, and senior Carolyn Sutton opened up the meet on the first day with a fourth place finish. Litynski then went on to place second in both the 50 yard freestyle and the 200 yard freestyle. To round out the day, Sutton, sophomore Bailey Edgren, Trnkus, and Litynski finished fifth in the 200 yard medley relay event. Day two of the invitational went just as well for SMCM. Litynski placed fourth in the 100 yard freestyle and first-year Rileigh Krell finished seventh in the 200 yard backstroke, according to SMCM Athletics. 

The last match of the calendar year for the Seahawks was at the Catholic University of America on Dec. 7. Ludwig got the men’s team their first victory of the day in the 1000 yard freestyle. Orban then claimed first in the 100 yard backstroke and Akhavan won the 200 yard butterfly. For the women’s team, the 200 yard medley relay swimmers started off the meet with an early victory. Sutton, Edgren, Trnkus, and Litynski swam a 1:59.07 in this victory. Litynski once again did well in the freestyle events, placing first in both the 50 and 100 yard events. Both Seahawk squads will resume competitions in January in preparation for the CAC championships in February.

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