Men's Swimming Season Preview
CHESTERTOWN, MD -- Team captains Matt Violette (Westbrook, ME/Westbrook) and Johnny Helenek (Gaithersburg, MD/Gaithersburg) will lead the Washington College men's swimming team into the 2010-11 season.
Violette, one of three seniors on the team, holds the school record in the 500 freestyle and is the school's second-fastest swimmer ever in the 400 individual medley, fourth-fastest in the 200 backstroke, sixth-fastest in the 100 backstroke, and eighth-fastest in the 200 freestyle and 200 individual medley. A five-time silver medalist at the Centennial Conference Championships, he placed in the top ten in the 400 individual medley, 200 backstroke, and 500 freestyle at last year's championships.
Tim Beadell (Timonium, MD/Loyola Blakefield) and Ben Newman (New Canaan, CT/New Canaan) are the Shoremen's other two seniors. Beadell is a solid contributor in breaststroke, freestyle, and relay events, while Newman was named the team's Most Improved Swimmer last season, his first year of collegiate swimming.
Helenek is one of four juniors on this year's squad. He is the Shoremen's seventh-fastest swimmer ever in both breaststroke events and had scored points in both breaststroke events at each of the past two Centennial Conference Championships.
Nick Longworth (Media, PA/Strath Haven) holds the school record in the 200 backstroke and is the Shoremen's seventh-fastest swimmer ever in the 100 backstroke. He won a silver medal in the 800 freestyle relay and finished fourth in the 200 backstroke at the 2009 Centennial Conference Championships. Austin Auger (McLean, VA/Langley) is the Shoremen's fifth-fastest swimmer ever in the 100 breaststroke, fourth-fastest ever in the 200 breaststroke, and 10th-fastest ever in the 200 individual medley. He has scored points in both breaststroke events at each of the past two Centennial Conference Championships, including a fourth-place finish in the 200 breaststroke last season. Ross Mills (Silver Spring, MD/Paint Branch), the Shoremen's Most Improved Swimmer two years ago, finished 16th in the 100 butterfly at last year's Centennial Conference Championships.
Sophomore A.J. Feurer (Kingsville, MD/Archbishop Curley) was the Shoremen's top distance swimmer a year ago, establishing himself as the Shoremen's fourth-fastest swimmer ever in the 1650 freestyle, sixth-fastest ever in the 1000 freestyle, and 10th-fastest ever in the 500 freestyle. Classmate Spencer Van Cise (Temple City, CA/Temple City) joined the team after winter break last year and was the Shoremen's third-fastest swimmer in the 100 backstroke last season. Fellow sophomore Robert Homer (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill West) is in his first year of collegiate swimming.
In addition to Homer, three freshmen are also newcomers to the Shoremen this year - Tad Derrick (Virginia Beach, VA/First Colonial), Robert Mix (Downingtown, PA/Downingtown East), and Daniel Seidleck (Crofton, MD/DeMatha Catholic).
Also new to the team this year are the Shoremen's two assistant coaches - Robin Glaser, a Scholar All-American while swimming at Division I Towson, and Mark Yankovich, who swam at fellow Centennial Conference school McDaniel College and spent the last three years as an assistant coach at Division I Lafayette.
Returning for her 20th season as the Shoremen's head coach is Washington College Hall of Famer Kim Lessard, who owns a combined dual meet record of 292-148-1 at the helm of both WC swim programs.
The Shoremen will swim their annual intrasquad Maroon & Black Meet this Saturday at 10:00 a.m. and open their dual meet schedule November 6th with a 1:00 p.m. Centennial Conference home meet against Gettysburg College. The 2011 Centennial Conference Championships are slated for February 18-20 at Gettysburg.