YORK, Pa. – Swimmers throughout the Capital Athletic Conference will be converging on The Aquatics Center at St. Mary's College in St. Mary's City, Md. on Friday for the start of the 2013 CAC Swimming Championships. The Championships, which are being hosted once again by St. Mary's College will begin on Friday and continue through Sunday.
The defending champions are the Mary Washington Eagles, who have been victorious 12 seasons in a row.
Last season, the Spartans finished in third place with a total of 482.5 points. One of the top performances of the meet was during an exciting 200 freestyle relay in which the Spartans finished just behind Mary Washington in 1:26.39. Tyler Ziegler (Coatesville,Pa./Coatesville Area) and Shane Bonner (Ridley Park, Pa./Ridley) were both part of the strong relay team. Bonner, Cody Latchford (New Castle, Del./William Penn) and Andy Woods (Dover, Pa./Dover Area) helped the Green and White earn a third place finish in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:36.05. Bonner also had a strong 50 freestyle race, finishing in third with a 21.79 effort.
The CAC Championships prove to be a tough matchup every year. Mary Washington, Marymount and St. Mary's always show up with exceptionally strong swimmers.
"It is going to be really tough finish in the top three," said head coach Erin Kurtz. "But that has been our goal and we have been working to achieve it all season."
Despite having a small roster, Kurtz knows that she can expect a lot from her group of men swimmers. She believes that there will be big performances from her top swimmers, including Bonner, Latchford, Woods, Ziegler, Bryant Hughes (Middletown, Del./Caravel Academy) and freshman Kyle Walthall (Port Huereme, Ca./Rio Mesa).
Seniors, Ziegler and Woods will have one last opportunity to leave it all in the pool.
Kurtz also believes that Walthall has a shot to do extremely well in his first CAC championships. If Walthall can push himself to swim his fastest, he has a chance to make nationals. However, it is hard to predict because the timing scale can vary quite a bit from year to year.
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