The Stevenson men's and women's swimming teams will compete in the 2017 Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Swimming championships in York, Pa. at the Graham Aquatic Center this weekend. The event kicks off Thursday evening (Feb. 9) and wraps up on Sunday, February 12.
Admission prices are $6 for adults for preliminary sessions and $7 for finals sessions, while student tickets are $3 and $4. Day passes are available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for $12, while an all-session pass will cost $30. Tickets are available at the gate and include a program and a heat sheet.
Live results for the meet will be available at http://www.swimyorky.org/realtime/
The Mustangs' last meet before the MAC championship was against Arcadia on January 28. Despite a loss, sophomore Isabelle Ramsland broke her own school record in the 200 Yard Butterfly while freshmen Melanie Milam, Bailey Hurt, Julia Charen, and sophomores Julianna Burnett and Natalie Wasicko all picked up first place victories in the meet against the Knights.
To prepare for the upcoming meet, head coach John Stuhtrager and his team are at the tail end of a taper that will help his swimmers to compete at their very best at the championship. Tapering for swimmers is the process of continuing the volume of the training the body, while bringing the intensity gradually lower as the week progresses. Stuhlatrager hopes that his training throughout the season for his swimmers will allow them to perform at a high level.
"We have a philosophy where we want our swimmers to swim faster when they're tired. We look for them to be fatigued and wore down and look for them to see what they do when they are," said Stuhltrager. "We have swimmers who do lifetime bests in January (and) we're looking for that heading into the championship.
On the women's side, the Mustangs have seven victories, including victories over conference foes Lycoming and Lebanon Valley. Burnnett hopes to make an impression at the meet as she is currently holds the fastest time in the 50m breast at 32.05. Ramsland hopes to continue her trail of breaking records as she is currently on a two-meet streak as she broke the school mark record for the 200 Yard Butterfly in her last two meets.
With the program being in just its third year competing, the Mustangs are continuously progressing as they continue breaking school-records during the 2016-17 season as well making personal record times. In a duel-meet victory over Gallaudet, Hurt broke her own school record in the 1000 yard freestyle with a time of 11:40.84. Sophomore Colby Stein, Burnett, Milam, and Ramsland also set a school record in their 200 Yard medley Relay with a combined time of 1:53.63 in the against Messiah.
On the men's side, junior Zachery Cather looks to continue momentum heading into the championship as he has seven top-3 finishes in the past four weeks.
Despite only having four swimmers on the men's side, Cather and freshmen Jaq De Leon, Stephen Kratzer and Matthew Miloszar all look to make an impression at the championships.
"We're not the biggest team in the conference but we're going to score as many points as we can," said Stuhltrager. "The swimmers year after year continue to progress and stepped up. I think we're going to do some nice things at the conference meet."