February 21, 2014

CAC Championships Kick Off Tonight at St. Mary's

Both the UMW men's and women's swim teams will compete in the CAC Championships this weekend at St. Mary's (Md.). Both teams are looking to repeat as champions in the three day event. Each day will have prelims at 10:00 AM, followed by the finals of the events starting at 6:00 PM. Fans can view the finals online or follow along with the live results at the link below.

http://www.cacsports.com/sports/mswimming/2010-11/2013-14_Championship_Site

Championship Preview:

The University of Mary Washington enters the 2014 Capital Athletic Conference Men's and Women's Swimming Championships as a favorite to repeat - again.  The Eagles have been dominant since the conference began competing in 1991 and look to continue their streak of conference championships in this year.

The CAC Championship will begin with trials on Friday (2/21) at 10 a.m., and have six competitive sessions over three days.  Sunday, following the annual Senior Recognition celebration, the final six events will lead to the crowning of the 2014 championship teams.

The Eagles have won 13-straight CAC men's swimming championships (19 of 23 since 1991) and all 23 women's titles.  Last year, UMW scored more than 1,000 points in both men's and women's team standings for the first time in CAC history and won both championships by more than 350 points over second-place finisher St. Mary's.

In 2013, the Eagles advanced five men to the NCAA Championship meet and finished 19th overall with 47 team points, including All-America honors for junior Alex Anderson and the 400 medley relay team.  The UMW women's team also took a handful of swimmers to nationals and finished 38th in the team standings, including a pair of top-15 finishes by senior Amber Kerico.

CAC Championship host St. Mary's, along with York (Pa.) and Marymount (Va.), have given Mary Washington the most competition at the championship meet over the past few years.  All three teams have some quality individuals to challenge for medalist honors as well as improved depth throughout the lineup compared to previous seasons.

Salisbury and Frostburg State will also impact the final order of standings with some strong individual and relay performances.