|Tanner, Sprinters Dominate Thursday|
FAIRFAX, Virginia - Led by all-conference efforts from Joe Gallene and C.J. Fiala, UNCW scored 71 points in the men's 50 Freestyle championship race while Carly Tanner won her second consecutive women's 50 Freestyle title to highlight the Seahawk effort on Thursday at the McKay Natatorium.
In the 50 Free, Gallene (19.87 seconds) and Fiala (19.98) placed second and third, respectively, to earn All-CAA honors. Nick Lowe, Michael Williams and Gabe Thran placed fifth, sixth and eighth, respectively, to close out UNCW's dominant effort in the event.
"Tonight was a good night for us," said UNCW Head Coach Dave Allen. "We knew we were shallow in some events, but those kids came through and gave us valuable points. Those points combined with our efforts in the 50 Free made for a big night."
Tanner, who also set a school record in the 50 Free as part of the 200 Free Relay later in the meet (22.45), posted a time of 22.79 seconds in winning the event for the second straight year. Her win also marked UNCW's fourth consecutive championship in that race. Joining Tanner in the finals were Rachel Sears and Chelsea Tomko, who placed seventh and eighth, respectively.
In the men's 1-meter dive, Chase Seymour (242.75 points) gave UNCW 11 valuable points with an eighth-place finish in the championship finals.
"Getting those 11 points tonight from Chase are going to really help us as we enter the next finals sessions."
In the session's final event, UNCW's women's 200 Free Relay placed second as Tanner, Hannah Stephenson, Tomko and Sears posted a time of 1:32.03.
The men's team added another meet and school record in the 200 Free Relay with a time of 1:19.08. Fiala, Stephen Conrad, Lowe and Gallene combined on the record-setting outing for the Seahawks. For UNCW, it was their fifth straight 200 Free Relay and the 13th in the last 14 CAA championship events.
The meet continues on Friday with the preliminaries at 10 a.m., followed by the finals at 6 p.m. The finals session will be video streamed and viewed for free at CAA.tv.
Women: Towson 275, James Madison 269.5; William & Mary 191.5; UNCW 151; Delaware 115; Northeastern 105; Drexel 88, George Mason 62.