UNCW Wins 12th Consecutive CAA Menís Swimming and Diving Championship
FAIRFAX, Va. (March 2, 2013) - UNCW won the 2013 CAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championship after tallying 674.5 points over the four day meet. The Seahawks won eight individual events in the pool, including four of the five relay events. It is the Seahawks 12th consecutive CAA Championship.
William & Mary earned runner-up honors with 633.5 points while George Mason finished third with 591 points. Taking home fourth was Delaware with 382 points. Drexel earned fifth place with 355.5 points and Towson finished sixth with 298 points.
Several individual honors were given out at the championship ceremony at the conclusion of the championship tonight. Earning Diving Coach of the Year was Katryn Valladares of Drexel. Winning Swimming Coach of the Year was Dave Allen of UNCW. Drexel's David Sanchez earned Men's Most Outstanding Diver of the Meet. Winning the Co-Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet awards were Andrew Strait of William & Mary and Sidni Hoxha of Old Dominion.
The Seahawks won their fourth relay gold by winning the 400 freestyle. The team of Joe Gallene, Gabe Thran, Nick Lowe, and CJ Faila brought home the gold with a time of 2:57.01 while ODU's Hoxha, Victor Sa, Ben Hansen, and Drew Crockett finished second.
UNCW's Valtteri Halonen and Gallene gave the Seahawks its individual victories in the 200 back and 100 free on the final night. Halonen posted a 1:44.49 to win the 200 back while Delaware's Ryan Roberts and Justin Barden rounded out the top three. Gallene took home gold in the 100 free by hitting the wall in 43.58. Joey Kelly of Mason earned runner-up while UNCW's Lowe came home third.
In the final diving event of the championship, Sanchez won gold on the three-meter board after collecting 331.9 points. Nick Guttendorf of Mason earned silver and Brian Coonce of Delaware took home bronze.
Strait earned his final individual gold of the championship in the 200 breast with a time of 1:58.93. UNCW teammates Ray McGorry and Michael Baric came home second and third respectively.
William & Mary teammates Kemp Pettyjohn and K.J. Shaw took home the gold in the 1650 free and the 200 fly. Pettyjohn touched the wall in 15:25.48 to win the 1650 free. Bernardo Figuiredo of ODU and Fernando Rubio of Mason came home second and third. Shaw collected top honors in the 200 fly with a time of 1:46.92. Mason's David Kiss and ODU's Reed Matthews took home silver and bronze.
For a full recap from the entire championship including highlights and full individual scores visit the championship central page.
Championship Meet Awards
Men's Diving Coach of the Year: Katryn Valladares - DrexelMen's Swimming Coach of the Year: Dave Allen - UNCW
Men's Most Outstanding Diver of the Meet: David Sanchez - Drexel
Men's Most Outstanding Co-Swimmers of the Meet: Andrew Strait - William & Mary, Sidni Hoxha - ODU