Monmouth Swimmers Earn Big Recognition

On Feb. 2, both swimmers, Camryn McHugh of the women’s swim team and Callan Smith of the men’s swim team, were recognized by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference as Swimmers of the Week.
Monmouth had their final meet of the regular season with the awards coming following their individual performances against La Salle.

McHugh placed first in the 100 backstroke (58.04) and the 200 backstroke (2:05.33) versus the Explorers. The junior was also a part of the 400 medley relay team who won, finishing with a time of 3:57.58. Just this season, McHugh hass 11 individual first-place finishes as well as 51 in her career.

Against LaSalle, Callan Smith, came in first place in three events. He achieved these finishes in the 100 backstroke (51.36), the 200 backstroke (1:53.06), and the 200 Individual Medley (1:59.13) which took place in Monmouth’s first ever dual meet victory against the Explorers. Resulting from this competition, Smith increased his season victory total to 18 as well as increasing his career total to 73.

More excitement took place for both teams on February 8. It was announced on Tuesday that 13 members of the women’s team and eleven from the men’s team were named to the 2022 MAAC Swimming All-Academic Team.

In order to be eligible for the MAAC All-Academic Team, at their institution, the student athlete has to complete two semesters. The athlete also has to hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.

For the third consecutive year, seniors Lauren Baines, Kirsten Brasch, Sarah Brennan, Muriel Maloney, and Camryn McHugh all obtained places on the MAAC All-Academic Team. In addition to those swimmers and for the second time in their careers, juniors Tahlia Botha, Alexandra Ho, Emma Lagattolla, Maggie McMillan, and Katie Parker. Sophomores Alexa Ploskonka and Maggie Young also earned the honor.

As for the men, seniors Dylan Barkhuizen, Kevin Del Giorno, Nate Heisey, and Callan Smith earned places for their third consecutive year. For the second timein their careers, juniors Dylan Edge, Thomas From, James Leitz, and Blake Reynolds earned spots along with senior Luke McDonald.
Sophomores Connor Currie and Gavin Loughlin also achieved spots.

Monmouth will begin their MAAC Championships competitions on February 9 in Buffalo, NY.