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Marymount swimming gets set for first-ever Atlantic East championships

Marymount swimming gets set for first-ever Atlantic East championships

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Marymount University men's and women's swimming teams are one day away from the first-ever Atlantic East Conference Championship Meet, set to take place at Marywood University from Friday, February 15 to Sunday, February 17.

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The Competition

The Saints will be going up against Cabrini University and Immaculata University in the championships. Marymount was voted No. 2 in the Pre-Championship Poll, as voted on by the conference coaches, with Cabrini voted No. 1.

This season, Marymount defeated Immaculata, 121-45, on the women's side and, 151-25, on the men's side, but fell to the Cavaliers' women, 132-68, and men, 108-86.

Cabrini will prove to be stiff competition for the Saints, as the Cavaliers hold the top time in 19 events leading into the meet, holding a slight edge over Marymount's 16 conference-leading times.

Women's Outlook

The Saints are primed to make a splash, entering the meet with a handful of the top times in the conference, led by junior Hayley Elizondo for the women's team.

Elizondo has placed first in 17-of-18 races this year and enters the championships with the No. 1 spot in six events, including all three individual medley events and both breaststroke events.

Her time in the 400-yard IM (4:46.10) is almost 25 seconds faster than the next-best time, while her 200-yard IM (2:13.17) and 100-yard IM (1:01.85) times are both over seven seconds faster than the No. 2 spot.

She also enters with times of 1:07.78 in the 100-yard breaststroke, 2:29.72 in the 200-yard breaststroke, and 25.66 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle.

In the distance events, senior Taylor Plumley holds the No. 1 times in the 500-yard freestyle with 5:31.20 and the 1650-yard freestyle in 11:27.70. She also sits second in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:03.76.

Junior Isabel Grimm comes into the meet with the second-best time in the 100-yard backstroke for the Saints with a 1:05.36 time.

Men's Outlook

The Marymount men bring a strong quartet of swimmers, including senior Isaiah Jones, junior Tedd Pham, and sophomore Max Klemm who all hold top times in the Atlantic East entering the meet.

Jones leads the conference in the 50- and 100-yard freestyles. He posted a 22.17-second time in the 50 free and a 48.54-second time in the 100 free.

Klemm, Pham, and senior Ian Griffith hold the top-three spots in two different events for the Saints.

Klemm leads the way in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:05.97, with Pham (2:08.22) and Griffith (2:09.34) close behind in second and third, respectively.

In the 100-yard butterfly, Klemm again holds the No. 1 spot in 54.30 seconds, with Griffith in second (55.90 seconds) and Pham in third (56.42 seconds).

Pham holds two more No. 1 positions entering the meet in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:17.93) and the 100-yard IM (55.58 seconds). Griffith joins Pham in the 100 IM in second with a time of 59.61 seconds.

Pham also ranks second in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:03.46) and third in the 100-yard backstroke (58.55 seconds).

The Saints' men are the favorites in two relays, as well, holding a time of 1:41.79 in the 200-yard medley relay and 3:42.47 in the 400-yard medley relay.

The teams will get things started at 10 a.m., on Friday with the preliminary races for the 50 and 500 free and 200 IM.