During the weekend of February 20-22, St. Mary’s College of Maryland hosted the 2015 Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) swimming championships. Throughout the 3-day tournament, both the men’s and women’s teams competed for the CAC title, with the women’s team ultimately finishing in third and the men’s team finishing in fourth. The championships marked the end of the 2014-2015 season for both teams, and served as both an occasion for celebration and reflection.
“I think champs went well for a lot of the team,” said junior Zach Lilley. “There were a lot of people on the guys and girls teams who went for best times, and the girls team had a couple of new records, which is awesome. […] We had a hard-working group of guys and girls that pushed each other through the long season.”
Junior Grant Burgess was also quick to note his satisfaction with the team’s presence at the Championships as well: “We’re proud of our efforts at conferences this year. I believe we have a lot of potential…the conference was much more competitive this year, which made for some exciting races.”
Despite their strong finishes at the Conference championships, swimmers saw the end of the season as an opportunity to discuss their goals and begin preparations for the next year. “I think I can speak for the entire team when I say we’re going to miss this senior class, and the hard work and leadership that they brought to the team,” said Lilley. “Overall, I’m looking forward to next year and I think it’s going to be a great one for both teams.”
With strong season-end finishes and the setting of new records, SMCM swimming closes one successful season while optimistically looking forward to the next. A new class of rising seniors, such as Lilley and Burgess, carries the potential for yet another winning season towards the CAC title.