St. Mary’s City, Md. – For the third consecutive month, a St. Mary’s College of Maryland swimmer has been named Athlete of the Month. This time, it was Cameron Hedquist (Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg) of the Seahawk men’s swim team picking up the honor for the month of January as voted on by St. Mary’s Department of Athletics & Recreation. This is Hedquist’s second career selection.
The freestyle/individual medley specialist helped the Seahawks to a program-best 12 wins, including their best Capital Athletic Conference record ever of 5-1. St. Mary’s finished atop of the conference standings for the first time in school history, sharing top honors with University of Mary Washington and York College of Pennsylvania.
Hedquist was a double winner in four of five meets as the Seahawks notched a 3-2 (2-1 CAC) record in the month of January.
He started the month by capturing the 100 and 200 freestyle events in a 104-81 victory at Division II Florida Institute of Technology on January 11. Hedquist followed with first-place finishes in the 200 and 500 freestyle races in a double-dual meet with Frostburg State University and Mary Washington on January 13.
The 5-10 junior notched a pair of third-place finishes against No. 5 Johns Hopkins University on January 20 before claiming gold in the 100 and 200 freestyle events in a 126-79 triumph at Salisbury University the next day.
Hedquist owns the second best time in the league in the 100 freestyle; the third-best time in the 200 freestyle and the 200 individual medley events; the fourth-best time in the 500 freestyle; and the fifth-best time in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke events.
The Seahawks will be back in action this weekend, February 17-19, at the 2012 CAC Men’s and Women’s Swimming Championships as St. Mary’s College of Maryland is the host institution.
ATHLETE OF THE MONTH HONOR ROLL
- MEN’S BASKETBALL: CHRISTIAN MACAULEY, So., Forward (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch)
- WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: RAVEN OWENS, So., Guard (Arnold, Md./Severn School)
PAST ATHLETES OF THE MONTH
- SEPTEMBER – Lauriann Parker, Jr., Forward, Field Hockey
- OCTOBER – Kelsey Wirtz, So., Goalkeeper, Women’s Soccer
- NOVEMBER – Billy DeBoissiere, Jr., Breast/Free, Men’s Swimming
- DECEMBER – Kelly Heyde, Jr., IM/Fly/Free, Women’s Swimming
- JANUARY – Cameron Hedquist, Jr., Free/IM, Men’s Swimming