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UNCW won its 11th-straight CAA Virginia 529 Men's Swimming & Diving title on Saturday.

Seahawks Continue Winning Ways, Claim 11th Straight Swimming & Diving Title

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          Release: 02/25/2012
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FAIRFAX, Va. (Feb. 25, 2012) - UNC Wilmington won its 11th-straight CAA Virginia 529 Men's Swimming & Diving Championship title on Saturday at George Mason's Jim McKay Natatorium in Fairfax, Va. The Seahawks scored 683 total points to capture the title, 57 points ahead of second-place Mason.

Old Dominion junior Arni Arnason was named Men's Most Outstanding Swimmer, while George Mason senior Derrick Butts was selected as the meet's Most Outstanding Diver. UNCW's Dave Allen earned his fifth-straight and seventh overall Men's Coach of the Year award and Mason's Dennis Ceppa garnered Men's Diving Coach of the Year honors.

UNCW claimed two wins on the evening, first by sophomore Joe Gallene in the 100 free in a NCAA 'B' cut time of 44.25, then to cap off the event in record fashion in the 400 free relay. Gallene joined freshman C.J. Fiala, sophomore Gabe Thran and junior Michael Williams to touch the wall in 2:47.34, a new CAA meet record.

Mason junior Preston Wolter came away with his fourth career conference title in the 1650 free on Saturday, which he claimed in a NCAA 'B' cut time of 15:16.04. Junior David Kiss claimed gold for the Patriots in the 200 fly in a 'B' cut time of 1:47.24. Senior diver Derrick Butts again dominated the diving board, winning the 3-meter with a score of 379.50. Butts joined Bryan Bahr (2009) as only the second Mason diver to win both CAA diving golds.

Arnason collected his fourth gold in as many years in the 200 breast, clocking a 1:56.24 to best his own meet record. Delaware junior Ryan Roberts bested the field in the 200 back for the second straight year with a time of 1:46.78. Classmate Matt McCarthy touched in third for the Blue Hens in 1:47.58.

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Men's Final Team Scores

1. UNC Wilmington - 683

2. George Mason - 626

3. William and Mary - 549

4. Old Dominion - 515

5. Delaware - 422

6. Drexel - 287

7.Towson - 269