ST. MARY’S COLLEGE, Md. – First-year Luke Schwenk (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) continued his record-setting ways on the second day of the 2022 Atlantic East Conference (AEC) Men’s Swimming Championships on Saturday. Schwenk set Atlantic East Conference and school records in the 100 butterfly, as well as the AEC championship, meet record in the 100 backstrokes.
The St. Mary’s College of Maryland men’s swim team is still holding onto second place with 347 points through 24 events. St. Mary’s College, who finished third in last year’s AEC Swimming Championships, is behind the defending champions, Cabrini University, who has 465 points for first place. Marymount University is third with 309 points followed by Marywood University in fourth (266) and Gallaudet University in fifth (253). Immaculata University rounds out the team standings in sixth with 227.
How It Happened
- Schwenk was crowned the 100-butterfly champion with his conference and school record time of 50.70, breaking his own AEC and school mark of 51.04 from earlier in the day.
- In the preliminaries, Schwenk earned the top seed in the evening’s championship final of the 100 butterfly with a time of 51.04, breaking the 11-year-old school record of 52.24 set by Jackson Webb ’11 on February 1, 2011. His time also surpassed the conference mark of 51.67 posted by Cabrini University’s Tre Fissella in 2020-21.
- Schwenk toppled two more records in the 100 backstroke. He captured the 100-backstroke championship with an AEC championship meet record of 50.20, knocking off his own championship meet mark of 50.53 clocked in this morning’s preliminaries.
- In the 100 backstroke preliminaries, Schwenk once again snagged the top seed as he tallied a championship meet record of 50.53 which shattered the old mark of 55.24 established by Kurt Schuehler of Cabrini in 2020.
- Junior Anri Cifuentes Robinson (Easton, Md./Easton) also garnered a gold medal with his time of 59.78 in the 100 breaststroke while first-year Sam Meisel (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) reached the podium with a sixth-place finish in 1:13.81.
- The Seahawks finished second in the 200-medley relay with a time of 1:38.30 behind the efforts of Schwenk, junior Sebastian Ludwig (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman), sophomore Sam Shenot (Upper Marlboro, Md./Leonardtown), and junior captain Jack Kennedy (Northampton, Pa./Northampton Area).
- Shenot claimed a second-place finish in the 100 butterfly in 54.13 while Cifuentes Robinson notched a fourth-place finish in 56.63.
- St. Mary’s College picked up a silver medal in the 800-freestyle relay as Ludwig, Shenot, Cifuentes Robinson, and Kennedy swam a 7:27.01.
- Kennedy collected a bronze medal in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:48.55 while Ludwig led the Seahawks in the 400 individual medley with a fourth-place finish in 4:21.02.
Up Next for the Seahawks
- Feb. 13 at Atlantic East Conference Championships – St. Mary’s City, Md.