ST. MARY’S COLLEGE, Md. – First-year Luke Schwenk (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) debuted at the Atlantic East Conference Men’s Swimming Championships in a big way, breaking the championship meet, conference, and school records in the 50 freestyle twice Friday as the conference championships got underway on Friday.
The St. Mary’s College of Maryland men’s swim team are currently sitting second with 146 points through the first 10 events. St. Mary’s College, who finished third in last year’s AEC Swimming Championships, is behind the defending champions, Cabrini University, who amassed 228 points for first place. Marymount University is third with 134 points followed by Marywood University in fourth (131) and Gallaudet University in fifth (95). Immaculata University rounds out the team standings in sixth with 89.
How It Happened
- Schwenk captured the 50-freestyle championship with his second record of the day as he touched the wall in 20.76, breaking his own AEC, AEC championship meet, and school record of 20.91 from earlier in the day.
- In the preliminaries, Schwenk earned the top seed in the evening’s championship final of the 50 freestyle by coming in first in the preliminaries in 20.91, breaking his own AEC and school mark of 20.97 from December 3. He also broke the AEC championship meet record, shattering the old mark of 21.58 set by Cabrini University’s Tre Fissella on April 23, 2021.
- The foursome of junior Anri Cifuentes Robinson (Easton, Md./Easton), junior captain Jack Kennedy (Northampton, Pa./Northampton Area), sophomore Sam Shenot (Upper Marlboro, Md./Leonardtown), and Schwenk posted a time of 1:28.18 to finish second in the 200-freestyle relay.
- Schwenk, Cifuentes Robinson, Shenot and junior Sebastian Ludwig (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) swam a 3:36.25 to claim second in the 400-medley relay.
- In the 500 freestyle, Ludwig came in third place in 4:54.91 while Kennedy followed in fourth in 5:03.15. Shenot also made it to the awards podium for the 500 freestyle with a seventh-place finish in 5:19.24.
- Cifuentes Robinson claimed a spot on the awards podium for the 50 freestyle with a fourth-place finish in 22.55.
Up Next for the Seahawks
- Feb. 12-13 at Atlantic East Conference Championships – St. Mary’s City, Md.