ST. MARY'S CITY, Md.— The Marymount (Va.) University swim teams got off to an impressive start in day one of the three-day Capital Athletic Conference Championships on Friday night at St. Mary's College of Maryland. The men currently sit in third after notching 122 points, and the women are in fifth after posting 96 points.
The men notched an early second-place finish in the 200-yard free relay, setting a new program record with a time of 1:24.56. Senior Tyler Hayes swam the first leg, followed by senior James Gibbons, sophomore Trey Brown and senior William Bryan.
Hayes picked up a second-place finish in the 50-yard free with a time of 21.25, less than a second shy of setting a new program record. Gibbons followed Hayes in the 50-yard free (21.77), garnering a sixth-place finish.
Freshman Zachary Payne continues his impressive campaign, notching a top-ten finish in the 200-yard IM (1:58.91). Payne's time was good enough to move him to second place on Marymount's top-10 times in program history. He sits behind Thomas Brierly, who set the current record in the 200-yard IM (1:54.97) on February 20, 2015.
Gibbons, Payne, Hayes, and Bryan rounded out the evening with a third-place finish in the 400-yard medley relay, with a time of 3:31.35, also a new program record.
Sophomore Taylor Plumley garnered a second-place finish in the 500-yard free, and posted a new program record after touching the wall at 5:14.02. The previous record was set on February 10, 2006 by Marymount's Amanda Shanks with a time of 5:15.52.
Both squads will resume competition on Saturday, February 18 for day two of the CAC Championships.