ECAC SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS RECAP

ECAC SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS RECAP

Annapolis, MD - The EC swim team competed at the 2017 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships March 3-5, at the United States Naval Academy.

On the Men's side, overall the Lions finished in 7th place out of 30 teams, with 290 points (the 6 teams that finished in front of Emmanuel in the team scores are all NCAA Div. I schools). Along the way, 11 Lions competed for 3 days, in 19 events, and combined to swim 74 races.

Just 19 days after winning the ASC Conference Championships for the first time, the men broke 10 more EC school records, earned 20 more NCAA Div. II national cuts (including 5 relays), and swam 56 top 10 finishes during the meet.

Head Swim Coach, Allen Gilchrest; "We will miss our male Senior, Camilo Mendoza, who competed in the ECAC Championships. With the help of his relay teammates, Camilo had 10 top 10 finishes in his last meet as a Lion. In the final's each night, I put my stopwatch away and just enjoyed watching Camilo swim for the last time in the IM, breast, and freestyle. I am so thankful how God has worked in his life at Emmanuel, and it has been my honor to be a part of it!"        

On the Women's side, overall the Lady Lions finished in 10th place out of 30 teams, with 122 points (the 9 teams that finished in front of Emmanuel in the team scores are all NCAA Div. I schools). Along the way, 9 Lady Lions competed for 4 days, in 19 events, and combined to swim 56 races.

Just 19 days after finishing 2nd overall in the ASC Conference Championships, the women broke 6 more EC school records, and swam 29 top 10 finishes during the meet.

Head Swim Coach, Allen Gilchrest; "We will miss our female Seniors, Laura Gonzalez and Diana Tobo, who competed in the ECAC Championships. They have been with me since I started this program in 2013. They were the original student-athletes God chose to start and lead this women's program. They have been with me through all the ups and downs a team goes through. The last place finishes, to the first place finishes. I am so thankful for them and for how much God has changed their lives over the past 4 seasons! Thank you Laura. Thank you Diana. Your Coach will miss you!"

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