FAIRFAX, Virginia - Led by a pair of convincing relay wins and dominating effort in the men's 50 Freestyle, UNCW built an early lead on the men's side while the women are fifth at the Patriot Invitational on Thursday at the McKay Natatorium.

The Seahawks won both the 200 Free and 400 Medley Relays during Thursday's night session. The 200 Free relay of C.J. Fiala, Michael Williams, Nick Lowe and Gallene captured first-place honors with a time of 1:22.75. UNCW's second relay entrant in the even placed second. Valtteri Halonen, Gabe Thran, Alex Labonge and Stephen Conrad clocked in with a time of 1:23.68.

In the 400 Medley Relay, the final event of the night session, the Seahawks earned another 40 points as Halonen, Fiala, Conrad and Williams posted a winning time of 3:23.16.

Gallene led an impressive Seahawk effort in the 50 Free as UNCW accounted for three of the top five finishes. Gallene won in a time of 20.64 seconds and was followed by Fiala (20.88) and Lowe, who finished tied for third (21.33).

Carly Tanner gave the Seahawks a sweep of the 50 Free, winning the event in a time of 23.25.

Tanner was also a key part of UNCW's second-place 200 Free Relay when she combined with Nicole Miller, Rachel Sears and Hannah Stephenson for a time of 1:35.67.

UNCW holds a 280-252lead over host George Mason in the men's meet while Ohio is dominating the women's meet with a 317-169 advantage over second-place Richmond.

The meet continues on Friday with the preliminaries at 10 a.m. and the finals at 6 p.m.