St. Marys Takes Seventh at the F&M Invitational
Lancaster, Pa. - The St. Mary's College of Maryland men's swim team wrapped up competition at the two-day, eight-team Franklin & Marshall College Invitational with 228 points for a seventh-place finish. Senior Michael Preston (Pasadena, Md./Cardinal Gibbons) guided the Seahawks to their seventh-place finish by being involved in 68.9% of St. Mary's 228 points.
Preston, sophomore Aaron Page (Keene, N.H./Keene), junior Cam Buckingham (Silver Spring, Md./Blake) and sophomore Jackson Webb (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) picked up 24 points with their seventh-place finish in the 200 free relay (1:32.49).
Preston then added 15 points to St. Mary's point total with his fourth-place finish in the 500 free with a time of 4:55.20.
The foursome of sophomore Gabe Grace (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore Tech), Page, freshman Troy Kent, and Preston teamed up for a sixth-place finish in the 400 medley relay with their time of 3:50.49, adding 26 points to their total.
Through five events, the Seahawks were seventh with 65 points, 10 points ahead of McDaniel College.
Grace, Page, Kent, and Preston took sixth in the 200 medley relay with their time of 1:43.11 to notch another 26 points.
Buckingham added 13 points to the Seahawk total with his sixth-place finish in the 400 IM in 4:28.70, while Kent and Webb combined for five points with their 13th (56.37) and 16th (57.37) place finishes in the 100 fly.
Preston was seventh in the 200 free as he swam a 1:49.19 to pick up 12 more points, while Page came in 16th in the 100 breast in 1:05.10.
Grace placed 13th in the 100 back in 57.80, while Buckingham, Webb, sophomore Kalvin Day (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown), and Preston swam a 7:38.53 to finish sixth in the 800 free relay and add another 26 points to the team total.
The Seahawks remained in seventh place through 12 events with 152 points, increasing their lead over McDaniel to 26.
Grace started off the third and final session for the Seahawks with a 14th-place finish in the 200 back in 2:05.10.
The Seahawks took eighth, ninth, and 10th in the 200 fly as Webb came in eighth in 2:09.29, Buckingham was ninth in 2:09.54, and Kent took 10th in 2:10.53. The trio combined for 27 points.
The Seahawks added 28 points to their team total with a fifth-place finish in the 400 free relay as the foursome of Preston, Page, Buckingham, and Webb swam a 3:23.72.
Senior Joey Quase (Montgomery Village, Md./Good Counsel) placed ninth in the 1650 free with his time of 18:21.51, while senior Chris Cammarata (Towson, Md./Loyola) was 12th (18:37.84) and freshman Ron Michael (Sykesville, Md./McDonogh) came in 13th (19:09.76) as the trio combined for 18 points.
The Seahawks will now be idle until the New Year when St. Mary's heads down to Florida from January 6 to January 15 for its annual winter training trip.