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By Cathleen Pruden, Swimming World College Intern
Beginning Wednesday, the Towson women will seek their fourth straight Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship. Last year, the William and Mary men ended UNC Wilmington’s 13 year streak. The Griffins will look to repeat the feat this season.
Towson is lead by seniors Jenna Van Camp, Hannah Snyder, and Charlotte Holz, who, among others, will look to end their collegiate careers having never lost the Conference Championship. Van Camp holds second seeds in both breaststroke events. Snyder is seeded in the top eight in the 400 IM and 1650. Holz is in scoring position in the 200 IM, both backstrokes, and the 100 and 200 freestyles, though she will need to scratch two of these events.
William and Mary’s Abby Mack was named the 2015 Rookie of the Year. The sophomore returns with three top ten seeds, in the 50 freestyle, and 100 and 200 butterfly. Junior teammate Selina Fuller is the top seed in the 200 and 500 freestyles, and is second in the 1650.
Last year’s runner up James Madison has sophomore Katie Parker with a top seeded 200 IM, and top eight seeds in both breaststrokes. Classmate Maddie Massey is the top seed in the longer IM. Massey is also fourth in the 500 free and ninth in the 200 butterfly.
William and Mary is lead by their duo of 2015 Swimmer of the Year Jeremiah O’Donnell and their 2015 Rookie of the Year Evan Baker. The Griffins hold the top four seeds in the 400 IM, lead by O’Donnell. The senior is also top seed in the 400 IM and 100 breaststroke. Baker is the third seed in the 50 freestyle, first in the 200 butterfly, and second in the 100. Senior Billy Russell is also the top seed in the 50, 100, and 200 freestyles.
While the William and Mary men are deep this year, UNCW should still score some big points in a number of events. Senior Zack Sowers is the top seed in the 100 butterfly, eighth in the 200, and sixth in the 50 freestyle. He is the Seahawks top qualifier in each of his events. Will Ryan will look to upset the Griffins in the breaststroke events, coming in as the third seed in the 200, and second in the 100.
Drexel’s Zoltan Gercsak should make an impact on the endurance trifecta. The junior holds the top seed in the 1650 while he is third in the 500 and sixth in the 400 IM.
Full psych sheet available here: 2016 CAA Championships: Psych Sheet – Results