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Emmanuel Tabbed Preseason Favorite in Conference Carolinas Men’s Swimming Preseason Poll

Emmanuel Tabbed Preseason Favorite in Conference Carolinas Men’s Swimming Preseason Poll

GREENVILLE, S.C. – In an extremely close vote, Emmanuel has emerged as the preseason favorite in the Conference Carolinas men's swimming preseason poll.

The Lions received three first-place votes to collect a total of 28 points to narrowly overtake defending conference champion Barton (27) by just one point. Barton received two first-place votes. King is third in the preseason tally with 23 points. They received one first-place vote.

Chowan was tabbed fourth in the preseason poll followed by Lees-McRae and associate member Salem.

2019 Men's Swimming Preseason Poll


First Place


1. Emmanuel



2. Barton



3. King


4. Chowan



5. Lees-McRae



6. Salem



2019-20 Men's Swimmers to Watch


Jonathan York, So., Midlothian, Va. (all-conference in 2019)
Robert Zamorano, Sr., Woodstock, Ga. (all-conference in 2019)

Shaine Olmstead, So., Florence, Ky.
Justin Lough, So., Dayton, Va. 

Alex Sobers, Sr., Bridgetown, Barbados (conference champion in 2019; NCAA champion in the 500 freestyle with a 4:21.09; 2019 Conference Carolinas Co-Swimmer of the Year)
Joao Santos, Jr., Maringa, Parana, Brazil (conference champion in 2019; 2019 Conference Carolinas Co-Swimmer of the Year)

Jabari Ramsey, So., Land O'Lakes, Fla. (all-conference in 2019)
Maximillian Thomas, So., Lincoln Park, Mich.
Jan Kuljak, Fr., Zagreb, Croatia

Arsham Mirzaei, Sr., Karaj Alborz, Iran (conference champion in 2019)
Christian Nishimura, Jr., Honolulu, Hawaii
John David McCray, So., Cape Carteret, N.C. (all-conference in 2019)

Zach Bell, Fr., New Castle, Pa.
Fernando Gomez, Fr., West Chester, Pa.
Brady Samuels, So., Cape Town, South Africa 

This is Conference Carolinas

Conference Carolinas has a rich tradition in roots that dates back to its early initial inception on Dec. 6, 1930. The NCAA Division II athletics conference presently has member schools located in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Conference Carolinas member institutions are Barton, Belmont Abbey, Chowan, Converse, Emmanuel, Erskine, King, Lees-McRae, Limestone, Mount Olive, North Greenville and Southern Wesleyan. 

Conference Carolinas believes in the development and formation of the whole person in body, mind and soul. Our students are nationally recognized for their extraordinary success in the classroom, in the community and at the highest levels of NCAA competition.

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