St. Mary's Women's Swimming Finishes Fourth at CAC Championships

Elizabeth Valenti '19 - Photo Credit: Bill Wood
Elizabeth Valenti '19 - Photo Credit: Bill Wood

For Immediate Release · By Monica Vega ·

St. Mary's City, Md. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland women's swim team concluded the last day of the 2017 Capital Athletic Conference Women's Swimming Championships on Sunday, earning a fourth-place finish with 396 points.

All 11 swimmers on the St. Mary's women's swim team scored points today as the Seahawks bested Salisbury University by two points for fourth and only trailed third-place Marymount (Va.) University by 7.5 points.

How It Happened

  • Sophomore Elizabeth Valenti (Gaithersburg, Md./Quince Orchard) would be the highest scoring Seahawk of the day, earning third place in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 18:01.35. Junior Emma Green (Bowie, Md./Elizabeth Seton) finished eighth in 19:08.49 while senior captain Samantha Liming (Silver Spring, Md./JFK) placed second (10th overall) in the consolation final in 19:17.58.
  • The Seahawks would also see success in the 400 freestyle relay as first-year Carolyn Sutton (Laurel, Md./Laurel), Valenti, sophomore Rachel Yates (Stevensville, Md./Kent Island), and senior captain Lizzie Straathof (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) posted a time of 3:44.75 for fifth place.
  • Straathof would pace St. Mary's in the 100 freestyle with a sixth-place finish in 55.38 while Yates was third (11th overall) in the consolation final in 57.07 followed by sophomore Samantha Schoenecker (Dallas, Texas/Woodrow Wilson) in seventh (15th overall) in 58.63.
  • Sophomore Hailley Baughman (Lineboro, Md./Manchester Valley) would also be a standout for the Seahawks with a seventh-place finish in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:32.38.
  • Junior captain Rachel Sonnenberg (Derwood, Md./Magruder) would also snag a seventh-place finish in the 200 butterfly, finishing in 2:19.57. Her sister, first-year Becca Sonnenberg, would take third (11th overall) in the consolation round with a time of 2:25.76 while first-year Angela Ross (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) finished 13th in 2:29.91.
  • Sutton won the consolation final of the 200 backstroke for ninth overall with a time of 2:12.28 while Ross claimed an 11th-place finish in 2:14.54.
  • The University of Mary Washington continued its record winning streak at CAC Championships with its 27th straight title. The Eagles are the only team to have ever won the title in the 27-year history of the CAC, the only team across all 21 conference sports to hold such a streak. UMW took gold in 12 of 19 events and totaled 991.5 points to claim the title.

TEAM STANDINGS (Through Event 38): 1. University of Mary Washington, 991.50 … 2. York College of Pennsylvania, 547 … 3. Marymount (Va.) University, 403.5 … 4. St. Mary's College of Maryland, 396 … 5. Salisbury University, 394 … 6. Frostburg State University, 361




1650 Freestyle

YCP – Madeline Mann


UMW – Megan Murphy


100 Individual Medley

UMW – Anna Corley


SAL – Victoria Radcliffe 


200 Backstroke

UMW – Maddy Rymer


UMW – Julia Geskey


100 Freestyle

FSU – Macey Nitchie


UMW – Shannon Coryell 


200 Breaststroke

MU – Morgan Alston


FSU – Maddie Weinberger 


200 Butterfly

UMW – Carley Vaughn


UMW – Megan Murphy 


400 Freestyle Relay

UMW – Julia Geskey, Lauren Wood, Shannon Coryell, Anna Corley


YCP – Madeline Mann, Andrea Sturgis, Danielle Werner, Rachel Spaulding


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