|AquaHawks Sweep Visiting Emory|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Junior Hannah Stephenson won two events and swam on two winning relays as the UNCW women held off a late charge by Emory to complete a sweep of the Eagles on Saturday at the Seahawk Natatorium.
Men: UNCW 193, Emory 95 | Women: UNCW 152, Emory 146
The Seahawks improved to 2-1 on the men’s side while the women evened their record at 2-2. It was the season opener for Emory, who claimed its fourth straight NCAA Women’s National title last season.
Stephenson swam the leadoff legs of the 200 Medley and 200 Free Relays and added wins in the 100 and 200 Backstroke events.
Sophomore Jenson Engen, meanwhile, topped the fields in both the 100 and 200 Breaststrokes.
Senior sprinter Rachel Sears closed out the winning 200 Medley and 200 Free Relays and also won the 50 Free.
Seniors Eric Conrad and Christian Cremer and junior Alex Labonge powered the men each winning two individual events. Conrad and Labonge also swam on winning relays. Conrad won the 100 and 200 Backstrokes and swam the leadoff leg of the 200 Medley Relay.
Cremer swept the distance events, taking the 500 and 1000 Freestyles.
Labonge also posted a sweep of his own, winning 100 and 200 Freestyle and then swam the anchor leg of the 200 Free Relay.
Diving: Freshman Allen Crosby continued to standout early this season as he set a UNCW freshman record in the 1-meter board with a score of 309.60. Crosby also performed well in the 3-meter, totaling 325.27 points.
Relays: The Seahawks swept all four relay races in the meet. The women opened the meet with a victory in the 200 Medley Relay with the relay of Stephenson, Engen, Catherine Gargula and Sears posting a time of 1:46.33. The men also opened their meet with a win as Conrad, Michal Baric, Zach Sowers and Joe Gallene fashioned a time of 1:34.12.
In the 200 Free Relay, the UNCW relay of Stephenson, Courtney Dangremond, Katie Grose and Sears put the finishing touches on the meet win with a time of 1:37.53. On the men’s side, it was Gallene, Adam Salzman, Drew Gaertner and Labonge finishing off the win with a time of 1:25.01.
The Seahawks next host Duke at 2 p.m. on Oct. 26.