ST. MARY’S CITY, Md. – The St. Mary’s College of Maryland women’s swim team posted records in the 200 individual medleys, the 50 freestyle, the 200-freestyle relay, and the 400-medley relay as the 2022 Atlantic East Conference Women’s Swimming Championships kicked off on Friday.

The Seahawks, the defending AEC champions, have taken the early lead with 212 points through the first 10 events. Marymount University follows in second with 174 while Cabrini University is third with 149. Marywood University is in the fourth spot (129), Immaculata University in fifth (81), and Cedar Crest College takes sixth with 60 points. Gallaudet University rounds top-seven teams with 31 points.

Christina Trnkus swimming freestyle vs. Mary Washington (11.12.21) Credit: Bill Wood / St. Mary's College of Maryland

How It Happened

  • The foursome of junior Christina Trnkus (Chevy Chase, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase), senior Leila McCloskey (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown), senior Christina Bonass (Chestertown, Md./Kent County), and sophomore Anna Kidd (Arbutus, Md./Mount de Sales) captured the 200-freestyle relay with an AEC championship meet record time of 1:41.88, breaking the old mark of 1:41.98 set by Marymount University in 2019.
  • St. Mary’s College swept the top three spots in the 200 individual medley as Kidd claimed top honors in 2:12.36 followed by senior captain Bailey Edgren (Canton, Conn./Canton) in second in 2:17.18 and junior Jazlyn Benitez (Silver Spring, Md./Blake) in third in 2:24.86.
  • In the preliminaries of the 200 IM, Kidd broke her own AEC championship meet (2:14.74 on April 23, 2021) and conference record (2:12.32 on December 3, 2021) with a top time of 2:12.26.
  • McCloskey took the No. 1 spot in the 50 freestyle in 25.42 followed by Trnkus in second in 25.50. Trnkus had broken Cabrini’s Sarah Gudas’ AEC championship meet record (25.72 in 2019) in the preliminaries with a time of 25.23 to garner the top seed in the championship final.
  • Senior captain Rileigh Krell (Baltimore, Md./Sparrows Point), EdgrenTrnkus and Kidd defended their 400-medley relay championship title with an AEC and AEC championship meet record of 4:05.16, surpassing the old mark of 4:07.24 set by Marymount.
  • Sophomore Lilianna Bowman (Westminster, Md./Winter Mills) won the consolation final of the 50 freestyle for ninth overall in 27.18 while sophomore Marissa Fields (Clements, Md./Chopticon) went 10th in 27.46.
  • First-year Emma Grimm (Derwood, Md./Magruder) finished eighth in the 500 freestyle in 5:55.92 while sophomore Julia Milner (Middletown, Md./Middletown) placed sixth in the consolation finals for 14th overall in 6:07.50.

Up Next for the Seahawks

  • Feb. 12-13 at Atlantic East Conference Championships – St. Mary’s City, Md.

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