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After a very successful 2012 campaign, the Seahawks swim teams are now making strides in the pool and off to a successful start.

Part of that success has come with Capital Athletic Conference coach of the year Andre Barbins, now in his 15th season. His career record is 137-124-1 (88-89-1 CAC) and last year the Seahawk men set a program record for most wins in a season.

Last Saturday the Seahawks kicked off the 2012-13 season when it hosted McDaniel College of Carroll County.

The girls team defeated McDaniel 114-91 to continue its undefeated season, now at 9-0. The boys came up just short following a 106-99 loss.

The menís team (4-4-1) started the season with four straight victories; 120-85 over Catholic, 160-44 over Marymount (Va.), 125-79 over Randolph-Macon and 135-70 over Goucher.

The menís first loss was Nov. 9 against Washington College (115-90). Although they lost that meet, junior Thor Petersen (All-CAC) was selected as the CAC swimmer of the week by Tom Byrnes, the CAC Commissioner. The honor was Petersenís second of his career.

Petersen was the only Seahawk to win events against Washington College. The captain won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1 minute 3.31 seconds and the 1,000 freestyle (10:31.16), the 200 butterfly (2:03.17) and the 500 freestyle (5:03.94). He finished second in the 400 individual medley.

Petersen still holds the record in the 400 IM that he set in Feb. of 2011 (4:12.50).

The menís meet against McDaniel came down to the very last race of the day; the 200 free relay. Sophomore Dylan Cope, who was swimming the anchor leg, was just 5 one-hundredths of a second behind McDanielís Bryan Nuckles in that competitive race.

Cope still holds the record in the menís 100 (53.50) and the 200 (1:55.03) backstroke. Both records were set in February of last year.

Locals Jackson Holden, a graduate of Great Mills High School, and Jon Sheldon, a junior and Huntingtown graduate, finished second in the 200 medley relay against McDaniel with teammates Chris Carpino and Ryan Reis, both sophomores. The team finished in 1:51.90.

Freshman Grant Burgess captured the 500 free in 5:07.77 while Holden took third in 5:14.46.

Girls senior captain Kelly Heyde and sophomore Brooke Raab led the Seahawks to victory.

Heyde won the 1,000 freestyle in 11:9.02. She also won the 100 butterfly (1:00.50) and the 500 free (5:22.04). Sophomore Elaina Kohles finished second in the 500 free, touching the wall in 5:27.70.

Heyde still holds the college records in the 400 IM, 200 fly and the 1,000 free.

Raab won the 400 individual medley in 4:46.31. Kohles finished third in 4:53.05. Raab also won the 100 breast (1:11.06) and teammate Stefania DíAmbrosio, a junior, finished just s6 one-hundredths of a second behind in 1:11.12. Raab still holds the record at the college in the 200 breast (2:26.04) that she set in February of last year.

The Seahawks 200 free relay team of Zoe McIlmail, Hattie Schiavone, Kelsey Abernathy and Hannah Edler captured the win in 1:44.26.

The Seahawks will travel to Lancaster, Pa. to compete in the Franklin & Marshall College Invitational on December 1-2 .

tshowalter@somdnews.com