The St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) mens and womens swim season has officially concluded for the 2019-2020 season. Once again, SMCM hosted 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 all traveled to the ARC to compete with SMCM swimmers.
On the men’s side, the CAC championship opened up with the 200 yard medley for a fourth place finish with Seniors Peter Orban, Andrew March, Ryan Akhavem and First year Anri Cifuentes-Robinson with a time of one minute and 38 seconds. The 800 yard freestyle relay featured Sebastian Ludwig, Jack Kennedy, Nate Donoghue and Orban with another fourth place finish in a time of seven minutes and 18 seconds. By day two, Seniors Ryan Akhaven and Peter Orban competed in the In the 200 yard IM with fifth and sixth places respectively. Key performances on day three included Kennedy with a second place finish in the consolation final with a time of 1:48.09 in the 200 yard freestyle, Cifuentes-Robinson finished third in the consolation final of the 100 yard breaststroke and Orban took second in the 100 yard backstroke championship final by finishing with a time of 52.61 seconds. The men’s team placed third overall.
The SMCM women’s swim team also had stellar performances. Day one featured Rileigh Krell (‘22), Bailey Edgren (‘22), Christina Trnkus, (‘22) and Carolyn Sutton (‘20) with a third place finish in the 200 yard medley in a time of 1:49. Edgren came back to join Brenna Litynski, (‘22) Paige Adelsberger, (‘23) and Anna LaPoint (‘21) in the 800 yard freestyle for a third place finish. By day two LaPoint swam to a sixth place finish in the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 5:22.06. Becca Sonnenberg (‘20) began the session with a sixth place finish in the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 5:22.06. Next, Sonnenberg brought home a 13th place finish in the 200 yard IM with a time of 2:24.37. The relay of Litynski, Leila McCloskey (year), Trnkus, and Sutton finished in third place in the 200 IM with a time of 1:40.29. Litnyski ended her season on the third day with an individual big win in the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 24.72. The women’s team finished in third place overall.
Elizabeth Johnson and Peter Orban were both selected as the CAC scholar athlete of the year. Johnson notes “I will miss going to practice everyday and all the crazy quirky random things that would come with it.” However, she is excited to hang out with her teammates outside of the water to catch up on other things– such as going to the docks. Orban reflects on his training as he did less yardage overall and spent more time working on his race pace. “I did a lot of training on the power towers, which really helped me improve my top speed,” Orban adds. Both Orban and Johnson agree that one of their favorite memories this season has been the fact that they were both selected from SMCM as the CAC scholar athlete of the season.