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WILMINGTON, North Carolina - The Seahawks swimming and diving teams return to action Thursday with the Patriot Invitational hosted by George Mason, at the McKay Natatorium, the site of the Colonial Athletic Association championships.

UNCW is set to compete against nine other programs in the three-day event.

Heading into the event, the Seahawks boast four swimmers who own the leading-times in the conference and four relays that also sit atop the conference rankings.

Senior Carly Tanner has been strong all fall for the Seahawks, winning the CAA Swimmer-of-the-Week honor several times. Tanner owns the league's top time in the 100 Freestyle with a time of 52.08 seconds.

Sophomore Hannah Stephenson, meanwhile, owns the league fastest swim in the 100 Backstroke at 56.73.

On the men's side, sophomore Valtteri Halonen and senior Stephen Conrad have the top times in the 200 Backstroke (1:48.96) and 100 Butterfly (49.51), respectively.

On the relay side of things, UNCW owns the top times in the men's 200 and 400 Free and the 200 Medley. The women led the conference in the 200 Medley.

The meet also gives the Seahawks their only look at the championship venue prior to the championships. UNCW has raced well in the Invitational with the men posting three second-place finishes and the women carrying a streak of four straight second-place showings.

Joining the Seahawks at the Natatorium are American, George Washington, Howard, first-time entrant Ohio, Richmond, Seton Hall, Shippensburg, UMBC and host George Mason.