CAC Championships Preview

CAC Championships Preview

YORK, PA – The York College men's and women's swim teams will travel to St. Mary's City, Md. this weekend for the 2018 Capital Athletic Conference Championships, hosted by St. Mary's College. The three-day meet begins on Friday, starting each morning at 10 a.m. Both teams are in position to earn top-three finishes, after runner-up performances last year.

The men's team went undefeated in conference action this season, including a 139-123 victory over defending champion Mary Washington on February 3, and have won its last six meets. The women's team finished 8-3 overall and 4-1 in CAC action, losing only to Mary Washington 154-108.

Men:

2017 CAC Championship results:

  1. Mary Washington – 890
  2. York – 635.5
  3. Salisbury – 489
  4. St. Mary's – 388
  5. Marymount – 384.5
  6. Frostburg State – 230

Athletes to Watch:

Keven Stahl – Stahl has been a standout all season, earning six Capital Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Week awards, cementing himself as the class of the conference. In his three events, the 1000 freestyle, the 200 butterfly and 500 freestyle, he owns the top times in the CAC, and helped the 4x400 relay team swim the fastest time of the conference as well. Additionally, Stahl broke the school record in all three of his events, and will be a favorite for a conference title in all of them. He has 22 individual wins and two second-place finishes.

Morgan Schreiber – Schreiber is second on the team in wins this year, with 12, along with eight second-place finishes and two third. Against Mary Washington on February 3, Schreiber joined Stahl as the only other swimmer to win multiple times, taking the 100 and 200 backstroke. He was the CAC champion last year in both events, and has won five conference titles in the 100 and 200 backstroke in his career.

Jesse Tate – Tate has won 11 times this season, has nine second-place finishes and three third-place results. He won the 100 freestyle and was the runner-up in the 200 freestyle and 200 medley against Mary Washington, one of just three Spartans to earn at least three top-two finishes. He was the runner-up in three events at last year's CAC championship, the 100 butterfly, the 200 butterfly and the 200 IM, events he will be a contender in once again. Additionally, he helped two relay teams earn second as well.

Schreiber and Tate are the only two returning swimmers that earned first- or second-team All-CAC status last year in individual competition. As a team, the Spartans won one relay event and finished second in two other races. This year, York is 9-2 and 5-0 against other conference teams, including a 139-123 win over defending champion Mary Washington on February 3.

Women:

2017 CAC Championship results:

  1. Mary Washington – 991.5
  2. York – 547
  3. Marymount – 403.5
  4. St. Mary's – 396
  5. Salisbury – 394
  6. Frostburg State - 361

Athletes to Watch:

Justine Wantz – On February 4, Wantz was named the CAC Swimmer of the Week for the third time of the year after winning a pair of events against Mary Washington. She owns the top time in the conference in both the 100 and 200 backstroke, and leads York with 13 wins.

Amanda Bley – Bley is second on the squad with nine wins and nine second-place finishes. All of her wins have come in the freestyle, but in three distances, the 500, 800 and 1000 meters, while also earning a runner-up spot in the 400. Her best time in the 500 is the third-best in the conference, and notched the fourth-best time in the 1000.

Adrianna Ayala – Ayala, a sophomore, has four wins this season, but has come on strong lately, earning two victories against defending CAC champion Mary Washington. She defeated the Eagles in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle. Her other two wins came in the same events, against Marymount, and has four second-place finishes, two in the 50 and two in the 100. She has the fourth-best time in the conference in the 100.

Andrea Sturgis – Sturgis was a finalist in three events at last year's championships and has a pair of wins this year, along with five second-place and four third-place finishes. Her best time is the third-best time in the 1000 and 1650 freestyle.

Alyssa Coon – Coon has four wins, and also eight second-place finishes, tied for the second-most on the team. She was the runner-up against Mary Washington in the 200 freestyle and the 100 butterfly.

Four swimmers that earned top-five finishes at last year's CAC championships will be back for this weekend's event. Sturgis took fifth in the 1650 freestyle, Rachel Spaulding was third in the 100 freestyle, Danielle Werner was fifth in the 200 breaststroke and Kacey Banks was fifth in the 200 butterfly.

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