Men’s Swim + Dive Season Recap AND School Record

Cesar Robles. Photo courtesy of AQ Athletics.

Story by Sports Editor Mark Musgrave III

With a 4th place finish in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference this season, the Aquinas Men’s Swim team is showing so much young promise for the future. Captains Cesar Robles and Braden Augustine led the way to keep the development of the program on the right track. These Saints are doing the most as the only NAIA swim team in Michigan. They’ve grown from 12 swimmers to 35 in total between the Men and Women. 

After my interview with Coach Kristy Hepp, I was blown away by the process of which she recruits. She looks far beyond the athlete in the pool. She looks for the right person. The person who works hard in the classroom, has a positive spectrum of ability, and coaches themself instead of just listening to themself. And most importantly buying into the team culture of student athletes, unity, skills, goal-setting, and good character all serving a higher purpose. 

Luke Martin. Photo courtesy of AQ Athletics.

According to Hepp, the best examples of these standards are Luke Martin and Ian Clapp. Both of which are beast figures in the pool with provisional cut times. I could write on and on about the potential for this program, but for sake of space, look towards the next section for the records set by these 4 men and the rest of their team. Every school record for the Men’s team was set in this 2022-23 season. Without further ado, check out these times:

50 Free21.70Feb. 2, 2023Matt Dumbsky
100 Free48.44Feb. 4, 2023Baryn Robar
200 Free1:46.45Feb. 11, 2022Luke Vandy
500 Free4:56.85Feb. 2, 2023Conrad Eichbauer
1000 Free10:55.32Oct. 1, 2022Ethan Tennant
1650 Free17:27.45Nov. 18, 2022Ethan Tennant
50 Back25.14Feb. 3, 2023Ian Clapp
100 Back53.01Feb. 3, 2023Ian Clapp
200 Back1:58.10Feb. 4, 2023Ian Clapp
50 Breast27.32Feb. 11, 2022Cesar Robles
100 Breast57.66Feb. 3, 2023Luke Martin
200 Breast2:08.22Feb. 4, 2023Luke Martin
50 Fly30.46Jan. 15, 2022Jaheim Pickett
100 Fly53.05Feb. 11, 2022Luke Vandy
200 Fly2:06.72Nov. 19, 2022Ethan Tennant
200 IM1:58.41Feb. 2, 2023Luke Martin
400 IM4:24.68Feb. 3, 2023Ethan Tennant
200 Free Relay1:27.70Feb. 2, 2023Robar, Augustine, Martin, Dumbsky
400 Free Relay3:13.72Feb. 4, 2023Robar, Augustine, Martin, Dumbsky
800 Free Relay7:34.92Nov. 19, 2022Martin, Robar, Tennant, Eichbauer
200 Medley Relay1:37.54Nov. 19, 2022Clapp, Robles, Neely, Dumbsky
400 Medley Relay3:32.25Feb. 2, 2023Clapp, Martin, Neely, Dumbsky
Table courtesy of Swimcloud