CHARLESTON, South Carolina – The Aqua Hawks return to the pool on Saturday as they visit longtime rival College of Charleston looking to build upon a solid win over North Florida earlier in the week.
The Seahawk women opened the new year with a convincing 181-119 win at North Florida during the program’s training trip in Florida. Hannah Stephenson and Jenson Engen combined for seven wins as each won a pair of individual events and swam on both winning relays. Stephenson swept the 100 and 200 Backstroke events while Engen captured both Breaststroke swims.
Also adding two wins was Rachel Sears as the sprinter won the 50 and 100 Freestyles. UNCW swimmers combined to win 10 events at the meet.
On the men’s side, it will be their first competition of the new year against a Division I opponent after a win over NCAA Division II member Catawba during the Florida training trip.
Junior Valtteri Halonen ranks as the top performer in the 100 Butterfly in the Colonial Athletic Association. Halonen, who has won CAA Swimmer-of-the-Week honors numerous times during the 2013-14 season, also ranks among the conference leaders in several other events.
The Seahawk men have won all 32 meetings with CofC while the women also own an impressive 30-2 mark against the Cougars. CofC is no stranger to CAA swimming, having been an associate member from 2004 through 2007.
The Seahawk return home for their next meet when they host NCAA Division II member Wingate on Jan. 18 in a 1 p.m. start.