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Ex-Mars swimming great looking for big things at Big East championship

Marc Bandman - Former Mars swimmer Jack Muehlheuser is looking forward to competing in the Big East championships later this month.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Marc Bandman</em></div>Former Mars swimmer Jack Muehlheuser is looking forward to competing in the Big East championships later this month.

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By Karen Kadilak
Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Former Mars standout Jack Muehlheuser expects a revamped Big East Conference to help him and his Georgetown University teammates at the conference men's swimming championship from Feb. 19 to 22 in Sewell, N.J.

Muehlheuser, a sophomore, will compete in three events for the second consecutive season.

He posted his best times in placing 19th in the 100-yard backstroke (51.91 seconds) and tying for 17th in the 200 backstroke (1 minute, 51.53 seconds) a year ago.

He also swam in the 200 individual medley (2:00.79), as Georgetown finished sixth among nine teams.

With fewer teams competing in the reconstructed conference, Muehlheuser expects himself and the Hoyas to do much better.

Top teams, including Pitt, which finished third last year, no longer are in the conference.

“It's going to be a good battle for the title between us and Xavier,” said Muehlheuser, 20. “It should be fun.

“It reminds me of my senior year in high school. I'll feed off that adrenaline to do well individually.”

Led by Muelheuser — the WPIAL and PIAA Class AA champion in the 100 backstroke — Mars surprised many by finishing second at the state meet two years ago.

“We're counting on Jack getting us points,” Georgetown coach Jamie Holder said. “He should have some big time drops.

“He's a very diligent worker who's provided depth.”

Muehlheuser finished fourth in the 100 backstroke (53.74) in a quad meet against Rutgers, Seton Hall and Villanova earlier this season.

At the Bucknell Invitational, where there were nine teams, he finished 19th in the 200 backstroke (1:54.91).

A finance student, Muehlheuser is considering a career in banking.

Karen Kadilak is a freelance writer.

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