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 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.
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.
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.