WILMINGTON, North Carolina - UNCW returns to the Seahawk Natatorium for the first time since Oct. 26, when they competed against Duke. The Seahawks closed out the fall semester in late November with a strong showing at the Patriot Invitational.

The Seahawks opened the spring schedule earlier this month with the women sweeping Catawba and North Florida and the men topping Catawba. All meets were swam at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.

UNCW returned to conference action with a road split at longtime rival College of Charleston with the men winning comfortably and the women being edged in the final event as the Cougars recorded the upset.

Seniors Gabe Thran and Christian Cremer led UNCW in the men’s side, both winning a pair of events. Thran, who ranks among the CAA top times in most freestyle sprints, won the 200 Free and later added a first-place showing in the 100 Free. Cremer added wins in the 400 and 800 Freestyles.

Senior Emily Schwartz won the 200 and 400 Free events in the women’s meet. Sophomores Jenson Engen and Danielle Binkauskas earned wins in the 200 Breaststroke and 800 Free, respectively.

Adding event wins for the Seahawk men were Drew Gaertner (50 Free), Michael Baric (200 IM) and Valtteri Halonen (200 Back).

In diving, freshman Nathan Lane won the 1-meter with a score of 273.97 points while Chase Seymour, a junior, scored 211.50 points in winning the 3-meter board.

Today’s meet with visiting Wingate will be the first of just two home meets for the Seahawks who also host Virginia Tech on Jan. 25 on Senior Day.

The Colonial Athletic Association Championships are slated for Feb. 26-Mar. 1 and will be hosted on the Maryland-College Park campus.