The College of Saint Elizabeth women’s swim team welcomes back five members from last season and also welcomes a new head coach as the squad hits the St Joseph’s Hall pool to open their 2012-13 season this Saturday against North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) opponent Wells College.
Mark Johnson, a 1999 graduate and four-year member of the Drew University swim team, takes over the coaching duties with the Screaming Eagles swim program. Johnson will turn to a trio of leaders on the Eagles: seniors Mary Karkos, Shannon Tipton and Kristin King. Karkos has scored multiple points at the year-end NEAC Championship meet each of the past three years.
Tipton recently received the prestigious NEAC Sportsmanship Award for her acts of kindness during last year’s NEAC swim championship. The senior has found success in the pool, finishing on the NEAC All-Conference Third Team in 2010-11 in the 200-yard backstroke after also making Third Team in 2009-10 in the 200-yard intermediate medley.
As a freshman in 2009-10, King made First Team All-Conference in the 200-yard backstroke and the 1000-yard freestyle. King, in her final season, already holds multiple CSE team records.
Also returning for the Screaming Eagles are two of CSE’s top swimmers, sophomores Maria Corall and Veronica Lubsen. Both Corall and Lubsen broke multiple Saint Elizabeth records last season as freshmen. Corall currently holds records in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle as well as the 200 butterfly, 100 and 200 breaststroke. Tipton, King, Corall and Lubsen also have combined to set the new school marks in the 200 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay.
The Eagles welcome four newcomers to the squad and have set a goal of being of the top three teams at the annual NEAC Championship meet held on February 15 at SUNY Cobleskill. Besides Saturday’s meet with Wells at 1 p.m., local fans can cheer on the Screaming Eagles at the Drew Invitational in Madison on Nov. 30-Dec. 2 and again at the St. Joseph’s Hall pool on Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. against New Rochelle.