CHESTERTOWN, MD -- A young Washington College men's swim team looks to continue last year's improvement as the Shoremen embark on their 2012-13 season.
After a 2-8 dual-meet record in 2010-11, the Shoremen doubled their win total in 2011-12, posting a 4-6 record. The Shoremen were sixth at the 2012 Centennial Conference Championship meet for the third year in a row, but scored 301 points at the meet, their highest total in three years and an increase of 105.5 points from the 2011 Championships.
One reason for the big increase in those points was the performance of last year's freshmen, who are back for their sophomore campaign. Greg Lee (Haddonfield, NJ/Haddonfield Memorial) led the way, earning 2011-12 Team MVP honors and grabbing a silver medal in the 100 butterfly and bronze in the 200 butterfly at the Centennial Conference Championships. He ranks in the top five all-time in school history in five individual events, including second all-time in both butterfly events.
Lee's three classmates - Austin Yocum (Lebanon, PA/Cedar Crest), James Ray (Lutherville, MD/Towson), and Steven Bilinski (Swarthmore, PA/Strath Haven) also had impressive freshman seasons. Yocum broke the school record in the 500 freestyle and is in the top five all-time in three other events. He scored points in three individual events at the Centennial Championships, including a fifth-place finish in the 1650 freestyle. Ray broke the school record in the 100 backstroke and is seventh all-time at the school in the 200 backstroke. He scored points in three individual events at the Centennial Championships. Bilinski, meanwhile, became the Shoremen's eighth-fastest swimmer ever in the 200 butterfly. Ray, Lee, Yocum, and the since-graduated Austin Auger broke the school record in the 200-yard medley relay at the Centennial Championships.
The Shoremen have just one senior on this year's roster in Spencer Van Cise (Temple City, CA/Temple City), who will serve as a team co-captain alongside junior Robert Mix (Downingtown, PA/Downingtown East). Van Cise was the Shoremen's third-fastest swimmer in the 500 freestyle and in the 100 butterfly last season. Mix is in the Shoremen's top ten fastest swimmers ever in five individual events. He placed 14th in the 1650 freestyle at last year's Centennial Championships.
Mix is joined by Tad Derrick (Virginia Beach, VA/First Colonial) and Daniel Seidleck (Crofton, MD/DeMatha Catholic) in the Shoremen's junior class. Derrick is the Shoremen's 10th-fastest swimmer ever in the 1650 freestyle and scored points in two individual events at last year's Centennial Championships. Seidleck placed 15th in the 100 backstroke at that meet.
The rest of the Shoremen's 17-man roster is comprised of nine freshmen - DJ Bradshaw (Reisterstown, MD/Calvert Hall), Eric Burcin (Bethlehem, PA/Liberty), Robert DeMartin (Wall, NJ/Pennington School), Sean DiFatta (Baldwin, MD/John Carroll), Chris Kelly (Ellicott City, MD/Centennial), Charles Logan (Durham, NC/Riverside), Lucas Morgan (Allendale, NJ/Northern Highlands Regional), Ryan Stevens (Lutherville, MD/Gilman), and Sean Stevens (Haddonfield, NJ/Haddonfield Memorial).
The Shoremen will open their 2012-13 season Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. Centennial Conference home meet against Gettysburg. The fall semester portion of their schedule also includes road dual meets at Salisbury, St. Mary's (MD), and Franklin & Marshall, a home dual meet against Widener, and two days at the Franklin & Marshall Invitational. After their annual week-long training trip to Key West, FL, in early January, the Shoremen will host Elizabethtown, Ursinus, and McDaniel, and travel to Dickinson and Swarthmore in the spring semester portion of their schedule. The Centennial Conference Championship meet will be held at Franklin & Marshall February 22nd-24th.