Seahawk Women's Swimming Competes at Yellow Jacket Invitational

Seahawk Women's Swimming Competes at Yellow Jacket Invitational

For Immediate Release · By Justin Gordon · jpgordon@smcm.edu

Chesterfield, Va. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland women's swim team visited the Greater Richmond Aquatic Center the Yellow Jacket Invitational hosted by Randolph-Macon College. The Invitational features an 11-team field.

St. Mary's – 6th of 11 with 249 points

How It Happened

  • St. Mary's is currently in sixth place in the team standings, two spots and 50 points ahead of eighth-place Marymount (Va.) University (199 points).
  • Division II Catawba College leads the 11-team field followed by The Catholic University of America in second and Division I Howard University in third.
  • First-year Anna LaPoint (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) had a strong showing in the 500 freestyle as she captured fourth out of 41 swimmers with a time of 5:18.11.
  • Junior Elizabeth Valenti (Gaithersburg, Md./Quince Orchard) and senior captain Rachel Sonnenberg (Derwood, Md./Magruder) also grabbed Top 15 finishes in the 500 freestyle. Valenti finished 11th with a time of 5:23.75 while R. Sonnenberg wasn't far behind in 12th in 5:25.25.
  • The day started with the 200 freestyle relay of first-year Alekx Grcic (North Potomac, Md./Quince Orchard), Valenti, LaPoint, and sophomore Carolyn Sutton (Laurel, Md./Laurel) taking sixth out of 18 with a time of 1:42.38.
  • Sutton took home sixth out of 51 competitors in the 50 freestyle with a time of 25.07 while Grcic placed 14th in 25.63 followed by junior Rachel Yates (Stevensville, Md./Kent Island) in 26th with a time of 26.54. Junior captain Samantha Schoenecker (Dallas, Texas/Woodrow Wilson) posted a 32nd-place finish in 26.96.
  • The 400 medley relay also picked up a sixth-place finish as the efforts of Sutton, junior Hailley Baughman (Lineboro, Md./Manchester Valley), R. Sonnenberg, and LaPoint resulted in a time of 4:08.53 in the field of 19.
  • Baughman paced the Seahawks in the 200 individual medley with a 16th-place finish in 2:21.16. Sophomore Becca Sonnenberg (Derwood, Md./Magruder) placed 27th with a time of 2:28.29 while first-year Lexi Efron (Owings Mills, Md./Pikesville) finished 29th with a time of 2:33.78.

Up Next for the Seahawks

  • Dec. 2 at Yellow Jacket Invitational hosted by Randolph-Macon College – Chesterfield, Va. – Greater Richmond Aquatic Center

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