Cardinals Win CAC Championship
Catholic won its third CAC men's swimming title, edging defending champion Mary Washington 450-432 in points. Pat Stinger was named conference Rookie of the Year and Tom Calomeris Coach of the Year.
Stinger earned First-Team All-CAC honors by swimming an NCAA qualifying time of 0:58.98 to win the 100-yard breaststroke at the CAC Championships. Stinger also captured First-Team honors by winning the 200 breast (2:10.91) and the 200 individual medley (2:00.85) and was named CAC Men's Rookie of the Year. Stinger also teamed with Hugh Carroll, John Coplen and Patrick Callahan to win the 200 free relay.
Head Coach Tom Calomeris believes that with many key swimmers returning and a good freshman class, another successful season is in the works. But, then again, if you were 69-19 (.784) over the past eight seasons and had won CAC and Division III National Catholic championships twice apiece, wouldn't your expectations be high?
In 1997-98, the Cardinals went 7-3 and finished second at the conference championships for the second straight year, which was outstanding for a rebuilding year. The team also received the College Swimming Coaches Association of America Academic All-America Team Award.
"This year's team, with the experience of last year, should be very good," said Calomeris, "but in order for them to be outstanding, they have to have great dedication."
Leading the Cardinals in 1998-99 are sophomore J.P. Winchester, sophomore Pat Callahan and senior captain Dan Keenan.
Winchester won the 100 and 200 breaststroke at the 1998 CAC championships and was voted CAC Rookie of the Year. Callahan finished in the top 5 in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle at thle CAC Championships.
Others who must swim well all year and score high in the championship meet to ensure the Cardinals success are seniors Jeff Mitchell and Barney Lynch, and David Tompkins, Mike Carvalho, Andy Waters, John Coplan and Geoffrey Lawton.
The Cardinals also compete in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Swimming Championships at Springfield College in Massachusetts. They finished fourth out of 20 teams last year.
The men face a demanding schedule with meets against some of the top Division III programs in the nation in Johns Hopkins, Washington & Lee and defending CAC champion Mary Washington, as well as local Division I rival Georgetown University.
|Patrick Callahan||So.||Atlanta, Ga./Marist School|
|Mike Carvalho||So.||Lincoln, R.I./Bishop Hendricker|
|John Coplan||So.||Lima, Ohio/Lima Central Catholic|
|Ken Davis||So.||Stone Mountain, Ga./Marist School|
|Frank Delany||Jr.||Avon by the Sea, N.J./Christian Brothers|
|Timothy Gaven||Sr.||Pocono Lake, Pa./Pocono Mountain|
|Daniel Keenan||Sr.||Highlands, N.J./Red Bank|
|Geoffrey Lawton||So.||Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East|
|Barney Lynch||Sr.||Seattle, Wash./Seattle Prep|
|John McGrady||Fr.||Cape May, N.J./Wildwood Catholic|
|Matthew Milone||Fr.||Ozone Park, N.Y./Archbishop Molloy|
|Jeff Mitchell||Sr.||Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury|
|Andrew Naber||Fr.||Louisville, Ky./Trinity|
|Patrick Stinger||Fr.||Hatboro, Pa./Upper Moreland|
|Liam Timoney||Fr.||Philadelphia, Pa./Central|
|David Tompkins||Jr.||Erma, N.J./Wildwood Catholic|
|Ryan Wallace||So.||Seekonk, Mass./Seekonk|
|Andrew Waters||So.||Havertown, Pa./Haverford Township|
|J.P. Winchester||So.||Atlanta, Ga./Marist School|
Results (7-3 overall, 6-0 CAC)
|Oct. 16||Georgetown (Div. I)||L, 139-62|
|Oct. 24||at Salisbury State Relays||1st|
|Oct. 30||St. Mary's (Md.) *||W, 125-70|
|Nov. 6||Mary Washington *||W, 104-99|
|Nov. 15||at Ursinus||W, 116-85|
|Nov. 21||Johns Hopkins||L, 121-82|
|Nov. 22||at York (Pa.) *||W, 128-61|
|Jan. 13||Marymount *||W, 97-58|
|Jan. 16||at Washington & Lee||L, 105-96|
|Jan. 23||at Goucher *||W, 95-28|
|Jan. 25||at Salisbury State *||W, 120-64|
|Feb. 12-14||CAC Championships at Mary Washington||1st of 7|
* Conference meets
Home meets in bold