ST. MARY'S CITY, Maryland, February 11. THROUGH 24 events, the Mary Washington women's swimming and diving team finished well ahead of everyone with 689 points at the 2007 Capital Athletic Conference Men's and Women's Swimming Championships . Marymount (Va.) University is in second with 354. Catholic University (198) and Salisbury University (177) rounded out the Top 5.
The Mary Washington men's team is in first with 495 followed by York (Pa.) College in second with 412.5. Marymount dropped from third to fifth with 264 points, while Catholic jumped two spots to third with 271 and Salisbury remained put at fourth with 270. The SMCM men are still in sixth with 198 points.
The foursome of freshman Rachel Hotchko (Yakima, WA/A.C. Davis) and sophomores Eleanor Koerner (North Potomac, MD/T.S. Wootton) and Brie McDowell (Hatboro, PA/Hatboro-Horsham) and Stephanie Korba (Laurel, MD/Atholton) set a school record in the 200 medley relay with a second-place time of 1:52.73. The 2007 mark displaced the group's previous record of 1:54.77 set in December 2006 at the Franklin & Marshall Invitational. During the preliminaries this morning, the 200 medley relay squad had tied their December 2006 mark of 1:54.77.
Individually, McDowell set a school, conference and championship meet record in the 100 back with a time of 57.17 which was an automatic qualifying time for the NCAA Swimming Championships in March. Earlier in the day, the Hatboro, PA native had already broken all three records with her preliminary time of 58.30.
Sophomore Cassie Frey (Pipersville, PA/Central Bucks East) finished sixth in the 400 IM with her time of 5:02.07, while sophomore Natalie Schaefer (Newtown, PA/Council Rock North) was second in the consolation final of the 400 IM in 5:04.64.
Hotchko came in fifth in the 100 fly with her time of 59.96, while Koerner took first in the consolation final of the 200 free in 2:00.04.
Senior Randi Zung (Silver Spring, MD/John F. Kennedy) was sixth in the 100 back with her time of 1:03.58.
Korba, junior Caitlin Moore (Upper St. Clair, PA/Upper St. Clair), freshman Dominique Perez (Rockville, MD/Holy Child), and Schaefer were seventh in the 800 fee relay in 8:33.86.
Sophomore Mike Preston (Pasadena, MD/Cardinal Gibbons) had the highest finish on the night for the Seahawk men as Preston went third in the 200 free with his time of 1:47.26. Freshman Cameron Buckingham (Silver Spring, MD/Blake) was third in the consolation final of the same event in 1:49.88.
Sophomore Joey Quase (Montgomery Village, MD/Good Counsel) placed fourth in the 400 IM with his time of 4:29.64, while sophomore Samuel Fleming (Charlotte Hall, MD/LaPlata) was eighth in the 100 breast in 1:03.95.
The foursome of freshman Brandon Eads (Stafford, VA/Colonial Forge), Fleming, junior Michael Kerr (Montclair, NJ/Montclair), and sophomore Chris Cammarata (Towson, MD/Loyola) swam a 1:43.14 to take fifth in the 200 medley relay.
Preston, Buckingham, sophomore Bob Wiley (Silver Spring, MD/Springbrook), and Quase took sixth in the 800 free relay in 7:25.24.