UNCW Men, JMU Women Top Standings After Day Two of CAA Swimming & Diving Championships
FAIRFAX, Va. (Feb. 23, 2012) - Ten-time defending conference champion UNCW holds a slim lead atop the men's standings, while the James Madison women remain in first with a comfortable margin over four-time defending champion Towson following Thursday's second day of action at the 2012 Virginia 529 CAA Swimming & Diving Championships at George Mason's Jim McKay Natatorium in Fairfax, Va. It was a record day in the waters, as seven CAA meet records were toppled on day two.
The Seahawk men opened the evening's championship finals by cruising to victory in the 200 free relay, setting a new meet record in the process. Freshman C.J. Fiala, freshman Nick Lowe, junior Stephen Conrad and sophomore Joe Gallene teamed up to turn in a time of 1:19.80 breaking the record set by UNCW in 2010 at 1:20.13. Gallene was back in action to take second in the 50 free with a NCAA "B" cut time of 19.80. The Seahawks claimed five of the eight positions in the 50 free event. Sophomore Michael Baric and junior Ray McGorry also claimed third and fourth respectively in the 200 IM race. UNCW outpaces second place George Mason by just 21 points after the first day of men's action.
Mason's Preston Wolter went the distance to earn a fourth-straight conference gold in the 500 free, shaving nearly six seconds off his prelims time and touching the wall in 4:22.41. Junior David Kiss clocked a "B" cut time of 1:48.76 to record a runner-up finish in the 200 IM. Senior diver Derrick Butts again dominated the 1-meter board, claiming gold with a score of 351.15. Butts also set the CAA meet record in the preliminaries earlier in the day with a score of 360.85, breaking Dean Berman's record of 357.65 in 2005.
Old Dominion sits in third behind senior Arni Arnason and sophomore Sidni Hoxha, who both set meet records. Arnason won the 200 IM by nearly two seconds, with a record setting time of 1:46.97. Hoxha placed first in the 50 free with a new CAA meet record of 19.71. Both teamed up along with senior Jonsson BirkirMar and sophomore Drew Crockett to take the 400 medley relay in a mark of 3:16.01. The Monarchs also recorded a three, four finish in the 500 free with freshman Bernardo Figuredo and sophomore Daniel Comozzo.
After its dominant display in 3-meter diving on Wednesday, James Madison was able to increase its lead atop the women's standings at the close of the second day of action. The Dukes opened the evening in record fashion wining in the 200 free relay, as seniors Eva Hannesdottir and Cata Mendieta, Kelsey Holmgaard and Susanne Gingher combined to set a new CAA meet record time of 1:30.80. The Dukes also teamed up for another meet record in the 400 medley relay as Hannesdottir, Caroline Burns, Sin Hye Won and Andrea Criscuolo took gold by over a second with a time of 3:40.53. Hannesdottir continued a strong performance, placing third in the 50 free with a "B" cut time of 22.99, while Mendieta placed fourth.
Towson tried to keep pace with JMU, but still trails by 78 points. The Tigers were led by sophomore Kaitlin Burke who boat raced the field by over six seconds, with a "B" cut time of 4:44.92. Senior Cari Czarnecki touch the wall in second in the 200 IM event, with a "B" cut time of 2:00.06. Towson also teamed up to take second in the 400 medley relay, as Burke, Czarnecki, Amanda Skroupa and Victoria Oslund timed in at 3:41.85, a NCAA "B" cut time.
UNCW finds itself in third after junior Carly Tanner claimed the title in the 50 free with a "B" cut time of 22.78. Senior Anna Munger took fourth in the same event (23.20) and fellow senior clocked in a strong second place in the 500 free with a mark of 4:50.99.
Mason senior Ashley Danner also made a splash on Thursday, claiming her fourth 200 IM title in as many years with a "B" cut time of 1:58.24, a new CAA meet record.
The men's and women's championships resume on Friday at 10:00 a.m. with prelims in the 400 medley relay, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back. Stay tuned to CAASports.com for all the latest news and results from this week's conference meet.
Men's Team Scores
1. UNC Wilmington (221)
2. George Mason (200)
3. Old Dominion (169)
4. William & Mary (157)
5. Delaware (123)
6. Drexel (88)
7. Towson (80)
Women's Team Scores
1. James Madison (269)
2. Towson (191)
3. UNC Wilmington (153)
4. William & Mary (126.5)
5. Old Dominion (110)
6. George Mason (87)
7. Northeastern (76.5)
8. Delaware (74)
9. Drexel (41)