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.

1998-99 Outlook

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.

1998-99 Roster

Name Yr. Hometown/High School
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)

Date Opponent Time
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