For Immediate Release · February 14, 2017 · email@example.com
St. Mary's City, Md. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland men's and women's swim teams are hosting the 2017 Capital Athletic Conference Men's and Women's Swimming Championships this weekend, February 17-19, at the Aquatics Center at the Michael P. O'Brien Athletics and Recreation Center.
The CAC men's and women's swimming champions have been determined on the St. Mary's City campus for 12th consecutive seasons.
The championship meet is a three-day event with preliminary sessions beginning at 10:00 a.m. each day while finals will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. The Aquatic Center doors will open up 90 minutes prior to the start of each session.
Tickets for this weekend's championship meet are $30 for a weekend pass (all 6 sessions) and $15 for a day pass (2 sessions on same day). Children aged 10 years and younger are FREE (with parent) and college students of any conference member schools are also FREE (with proper school ID).
The Seahawks finished the 2016-17 regular-season campaign with a 3-6 (1-4 CAC) overall record and an eighth-place finish at the Yellow Jacket Invitational hosted by Randolph-Macon College. Last season, St. Mary's rallied for a third-place finish at the 2016 championship meet.
Returning All-CAC performers, seniors Andrew Braker (Olney, Md./Sherwood) and Matt Walchuck (Middletown, Md./Middletown) and sophomore Colin Cassady (Phoenix, Md./Calvert Hall), will lead the Seahawks at this year's championships.
Walchuck holds the conference's top time in the 200 freestyle (1:43.56) while ranking third in the 100 (47.37) and 500 (4:49.59) freestyle events and fourth in the 1,000 freestyle (10:14.28) while first-year Peter Orban (Montgomery Village, Md./Watkins Mill) is fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 200 (1:58.91) and 100 (53.91) backstroke events.
First-year Ryan Akhavan (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) is fourth in the 200 butterfly (1:59.91) while junior Kieran Broder (Olney, Md./Georgetown Prep) ranks fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 200 (2:10.55) and 100 (1:00.15) breaststroke events.
Senior captain Lizzie Straathof (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) and sophomores Hailley Baughman (Lineboro, Md./Manchester Valley) and Elizabeth Valenti (Gaithersburg, Md./Quince Orchard) headline the returning all-stars for St. Mary's and will provide leadership to a young squad.
Valenti boasts the conference's third-best time in the 1,650 freestyle (18:25.83) and fifth-best time in the 500 freestyle (5:20.19) while Baughman is fifth in the CAC in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.21).
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