ST. MARY’S CITY, Md. – The St. Mary’s College of Maryland women’s swim team captured five of seven events on the second day of the 2022 Atlantic East Conference Women’s Championships while setting both AEC championship meet and conference records in the 200-medley relay, the 100 butterfly, and the 200-freestyle on Saturday.
St. Mary’s College, the defending AEC champions, maintained its first-place standing with 458 points through 24 events. Cabrini University overtook Marymount University for second with 397 points while the Saints slipped to third with 393. Marywood University remained in fourth (266) and Immaculata University held onto fifth (196) while Cedar Crest College (149) and Gallaudet University (65) rounded out the top-seven teams.
How It Happened
- The Seahawks first broke both the AEC championship meet and conference records for the 200-medley relay with their winning time of 1:49.44. Their time demolished their own previous AEC championship meet mark of 1:52.28 from last season while shaving off a second from Marymount’s record of 1:50.45 set in 2021 as well. Swimming on the relay was senior captains Rileigh Krell (Baltimore, Md./Sparrows Point) and Bailey Edgren (Canton, Conn./Canton), junior Christina Trnkus (Chevy Chase, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase), and senior Leila McCloskey (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown).
- Trnkus picked up a second gold medal in the 100 butterfly, setting AEC championship meet and conference records along the way. She posted a record-setting time of 58.96, which broke her previous mark of 59.53 set during the morning’s preliminaries.
- In the preliminaries, Trnkus earned the top seed in the evening’s championship final of the 100 butterfly with a time of 59.53, breaking the championship meet record of 1:00.97 set by her teammate, Krell, on April 24, 2021, as well as her own conference mark of 1:01.44 from December 4, 2021.
- Sophomore Anna Kidd (Arbutus, Md./Mount de Sales) collected the final record of the day for the Seahawks in the 200 freestyle. Kidd captured the 200-freestyle championship with her AEC championship meet and conference record of 1:57.06 as she topped her own conference mark (1:58.28) from December 4, 2021. She trimmed 56-hundredths of a second off the championship meet mark of 1:57.62 set by Cabrini’s Lauren Finnegan in 2019.
- Krell won the 100 backstroke in 1:01.22 followed by McCloskey in third in 1:03.09. Sophomore Marissa Fields (Clements, Md./Chopticon) landed on the podium for the 100 backstroke as well with an eighth-place finish in 1:07.45.
- The foursome of Edgren, sophomore Lilianna Bowman (Westminster, Md./Winter Mills), first-year Emma Grimm (Derwood, Md./Magruder), and Kidd claimed the final gold medal of the day by winning the 800-freestyle relay with a time of 8:27.59.
- Edgren added a silver medal to her two gold medals with a second-place finish in the 100 breaststroke, clocking a 1:08.37, while senior Christina Bonass (Chestertown, Md./Kent County) and sophomore Julia Milner (Middletown, Md./Middletown) both reached the podium as well with fourth-place (1:11.24) and sixth-place (1:14.41) finishes, respectively.
- Junior Jazlyn Benitez (Silver Spring, Md./Blake) earned a bronze medal in the 400 individual medley by touching the wall in 5:12.72.
Up Next for the Seahawks
- Feb. 13 at Atlantic East Conference Championships – St. Mary’s City, Md.