CAC Swim Champs Begin this Week

The regular season has officially concluded for St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) Swimming, and they are now shifting their focus to the annual Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Championships. Once again, SMCM will host the CAC Championships at their very own Michael P. O’Brien Athletics and Recreation Center (ARC) from Feb. 12-15. Swimmers from Christopher Newport University (CNU), University of Mary Washington, Salisbury University, Southern Virginia University (SVU), and York College of Pennsylvania will all be traveling to the ARC to compete with SMCM swimmers. 

In the regular season this year, the SMCM Men’s Swimming team finished with a 3-8 record as a team. The first of these wins came in the first match of last semester, as they took down Marymount University by a score of 108-88. The final two meet wins for the Seahawks actually occurred during one Tri-Meet on Jan. 18. Here SMCM hosted both Frostburg State University and SVU. They were victorious over both of them, by scores of 112-84 and 108-86. They showed dominance early in this Tri-Meet, winning the first two events of the day. Senior Peter Orban, senior Andrew March, first year Anri Cifuentes Robinson, and junior Nate Donoghue captured first in the 200 Yard Medley Relay. Immediately after, first year Sebastian Ludwig won the 1,000 yard freestyle event. Senior Ryan Akhavan contributed to the Seahawk-dominated day as he placed first in both the 200 Yard IM and the 100 Yard Butterfly. Orban added on a victory in the 100 Yard Backstroke and Ludwig continued his stellar day with a first place finish in the 500 Yard Freestyle, according to smcmathletics.com. 

The SMCM women’s swim team has also concluded their regular season. They completed their 2019-2020 campaign with a 4-7 overall record and a 2-2 record in conference. They finished off the season very strong, winning their last three matches. Just like the men’s team, they defeated both Frostburg and SVU during the Tri-Meet on Jan. 18. However, they won in even more dominating fashion, besting Frostburg 117-68 and SVU 118-59. In the Tri-Meet, the Seahawks had the better swimmers all day long. This was evident in the fact that they won the first nine events on the day. This included a victory in the 200 Yard Medley Relay behind the strong swimming of first year Rileigh Krell, sophomore Bailey Edgren, senior Becca Sonnenberg, and senior Carolyn Sutton. Additionally, junior Brenna Litynski had a strong showing as she captured first in the 50 Yard Freestyle and the 100 Yard Freestyle, according to smcmathletics.com. 

In the final match of the regular season, the Seahawks hosted the Salisbury Seagulls. This Jan. 25 meeting of the rival schools was very competitive for both the men’s and women’s teams. The SMCM men’s team lost by just one point, 97-96, while the women’s team won 112-87. For the men’s team, Ludwig was victorious in both the 1000 Yard Freestyle and the 500 Yard Freestyle. Orban added another win in the 100 Yard Backstroke. The women’s team gained great momentum heading into the CAC Championships with their strong performance. Once again the 200 Yard Medley team dominated in the first heat of the meet, this time behind a group of Krell, Edgren, Sutton, and Litynski. Krell and Litynski also won two races each in order to help propel the Seahawks to victory, according to smcmathletics.com.

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