|Seahawks Make Big Move In CAA Meet|
COLLEGE PARK, Maryland – UNCW’s 12-time defending men’s champions leapfrogged in front of the pack with its superior depth and the women’s team climbed a spot on the second day of the Colonial Athletic Association Swimming & Diving Championships at the University of Maryland.
The four-day meet continues Friday, with all the action available free on www/CAA.tv.
Coach Dave Allen’s men had a big day in the pool, claiming first and second in the 50-Yard Freestyle, second in the 200-Yard Individual Medley, third in 1-Meter Diving, and first in the 200-Yard Freestyle Relay. The Seahawks have 266 points now and lead their closest competitor, William & Mary, by 35 points.
Senior Michael Baric raced to a second place finish in the 200-Yard IM with a time of 1:47.60, achieving an NCAA “B” cut time. He finished just behind W&M’s Andrew Strait at 1:46.59.
UNCW dominated the 50-Yard Freestyle, taking first, second, fifth, sixth and eighth place. Senior Joe Gallene won the event with a “B” cut time of 20.04 and teammate Ned Tyler was the runner-up with a time of 20.19, also a “B” time.
In the 1-Meter Diving competition, UNCW placed third, fourth and fifth overall. Freshman Allen Crosby claimed third place with a score of 311.65, racking up 16 points on the board.
The 200-Yard Freestyle Relay team of Valtteri Halonen, Tyler, Gabe Thran and Gallene picked up 40 points by winning the event with a time of 1:19.93. It was the sixth consecutive year the Seahawks had won the event.
In addition, senior Christian Cremer finished eighth in the 500-Yard Freestyle with a time of 4:32.41 and secured 11 points.
On the women’s side, the Seahawks placed second in the 50-Yard Freestyle and eighth in the 200-Yard IM. UNCW moved up to sixth place with a score of 123 points through two days of the meet.
Senior Rachael Sears sped to a second place finish in the 50 Free with a “B” cut time of 22.93, trailing only W&M’s Megan Howard.
In the 200 IM, sophomore Christine Souther came in eighth place after clocking a 2:03.84 time.
The Seahawks set up the strong finish in the finals with some quality swims earlier in the day in the prelims.
UNCW dominated the Men’s 50 Free preliminaries, qualifying five sprinters to the finals event. Leading the quintet was Tyler, who clocked in at 20.24 seconds, moving him into seventh on UNCW’s all-time list. Thran (20.30) and Drew Gaertner (20.39) jumped into eighth and ninth all-time, respectively.
Sears advanced with an NCAA “B” cut time of 22.85, ranking her third on UNCW’s all-time list.
In the Men’s 500 Free, Cremer touched the wall in a time of 4:30.38 to advance and move into fourth on UNCW’s all-time list.
UNCW received a pair of school-record breaking efforts in the 200 IM with Souther setting a women’s record with a time of 2:03.00 and Baric posting another NCAA “B” cut time of 1:47.62 on the men’s side.
MEN’S TEAM STANDINGS (After 2nd Day): UNCW, 266; William & Mary, 231; Towson, 218; Delaware, 158; Drexel, 150; College of Charleston, 146.
WOMEN’S TEAM STANDINGS (After 2nd Day): Towson, 303; James Madison, 257; William & Mary, 153: Delaware, 148; Northeastern, 125; UNCW, 123; College of Charleston, 115; Drexel, 93.