COLLEGE PARK, MD Feb. 26, 2014 – The 12-time defending champion UNCW men’s team stands second and the women are tied for seventh after the opening day of the Colonial Athletic Association Swimming & Diving Championships at the University of Maryland.
Only five events were contested on Wednesday and the league’s teams return to the water Thursday for the second day of the championships. The scheduled events include the Men’s and Women’s 50 and 500 Freestyle, 200 Individual Medley, as well as 200 and 400 Medley Relay. The Men’s 1-Meter diving competition will also take place.
The Seahawks trail William & Mary by just 12 points in the men’s standings after the Tribe picked up wins in the 200-Yard Medley Relay and 800-Yard Freestyle Relay on Wednesday. W&M has 80 points to 68 for Coach Dave Allen’s team.
The women’s team is tied for seventh place with CAA newcomer College of Charleston with 56 points early in the event.
The Seahawks made the podium in three of the four relays on Wednesday.
UNCW placed third in the Women’s 200-Yard Medley Relay when Hannah Stephenson, Jenson Engen, Catherine Gargula and Rachel Sears clocked a 1:40.85 in the finals. The Men’s 200-Yard Medley Relay team of Valterri Halonen, Michael Baric, Zach Sowers and Joe Gallene placed second behind W&M with a time of 1:27.63.
The Men’s 800-Yard Freestyle Relay team of Alex Labonge, Sawyer Dove, Adam Salzman and Gabe Thran broke the school record with a time of 6:33.87. It marked the first time all four swimmers broke 1:40.00 in their legs.
MEN’S TEAM STANDINGS: William & Mary, 80; UNCW, 69; Drexel, 60; College of Charleston, 58; Towson, 58; Delaware, 56.
WOMEN’S TEAM STANDINGS: James Madison, 120; Towson, 111; Delaware, 94; Drexel, 66; Northeastern, 64; William & Mary, 60; College of Charleston, 56; UNCW, 56.