UNCW Men, Towson Women Hold Leads at Third Day of CAA Swimming and Diving Championships
FAIRFAX, Va. (March 1, 2013) - The UNCW men and the Towson women will be the leaders heading into the final day of the 2013 CAA Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Championships after posting strong performances in day three. The Seahawks have secured 455.5 points and hold a 13 point lead over second place William & Mary. The Tigers have scored 548.5 points and hold a slim nine point lead over James Madison.
UNCW began the session with an impressive performance in the men's 100 fly, sweeping the top three spots. Sophomore Nick Lowe took top honors by swimming a 47.36, while teammates Stephen Conrad and Valtteri Halonen finished second and third respectively.
The Seahawks continued their success in the relay events by capturing gold in the men's 400 yard medley relay. The team of Halonen, Lowe, CJ Faila and Michael Williams earned the victory by setting a new meet record with a time of 3:14.08. The William & Mary team of Will Manion, Andrew Strait, K.J. Shaw, and Hunter Perrot took home second.
In one of the more bizarre occurrences at the championship, William & Mary's Strait and UNCW's Faila tied in the men's 100 breast. Both men touched the wall in 54.34, while UNCW's Ray McGorry clocked in at third.
George Mason captured two individual victories in its home water today. Fernando Rubio gave the Patriots a victory in the 400 IM with a time of 3:30.35. Teammate Kyle Sockwell came in second while ODU's Jason Brame captured third. Also picking up a victory for Mason was Joey Kelly who posted a time of 1:37.34 to capture gold in the 200 free. Sidni Hoxha of ODU came in second while David Kiss of George Mason rounded out the top three.
Manion gave the Tribe a victory in the 100 back with a time of 47.82, setting a new meet record. UNCW teammates Halonen and Michael Baric took home second and third.
On the women's side, Towson's Kaitlin Burke helped the Tigers maintain their lead from day two with a victory in the 200 free. Burke set a new meet record in the event with her time of 1:46.69. W&M's Jen Bentley and JMU's Anna Susko came home second and third.
The Dukes tallied another victory in the pool in the 100 fly. Senior Andrea Criscuolo hit the wall in 53.68 to take gold, while Towson duo Victoria Oslund and Melanie Rowland came in second and third. Senior Kimberly Helfrich completed the diving sweep with her victory on the one-meter board with a score of 299.85. Her teammate Alex Savage collected 286.60 points to finish second, while Towson's Natalee Szopo rounded out the top three.
In other action, Kimberly Rashleigh kicked off day three with her victory in the women's 400 IM (4:13.90). JMU's Kelsey Holmgaard swam to a second place finish while Northeastern's Julia Sepulveda finished third.
Carly Tanner swam to her second victory of the championship by winning the 100 breast with a time of 1:00.01. The Duke's Sin Hye Won hit the wall second while her teammate Shannon Dubay came in third.
Paige Impink gave the hometown Patriots a victory in the 100 back by swimming a 54.35. UNCW's Hannah Stephenson took second while Criscuolo brought home third.
In women's relay action. The team of Burns, Won, Criscuolo, and Susanne Gingher gave JMU the victory in the 400 medley relay. The team set a new meet record with a time of 3:40.14, while Towson's Amanda Skroupa, Jenna Van Camp, Rowland, and Burke brought home second.
The teams will return to the water tomorrow for the final day of the championships. Scheduled events in the pool include the men's and women's 100 and 1,650 free, the 200 back, 200 fly, and 200 breast. On the boards will be the men's three-meter diving.
For full coverage of the 2013 CAA Swimming and Diving championships including daily recaps, highlights, live results, and official program please visit the Championship Central page. Fans not in attendance at the championship can watch all the finals of all the events live and for free on CAA.TV.