Towson Women Gain Momentum Friday Morning at CAAs

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By Cathleen Pruden, Swimming World College Intern

The Towson women started to pick up some steam Friday morning, in their quest for their fourth straight CAA title. The William and Mary men still dominate.

Women’s Meet

Towson’s Hannah Snyder took her second top finals seed in as many days. The senior dominated morning 400 IM action, finishing in a B cut time of 4:16.72. Teammate Christine Hammond earned tonight’s second seed with a 4:21.55. Delaware’s Madeline Maher finished third this morning in 4:21.55.

William and Mary’s Jessie Ustjanauskas touched in 53.58 in this morning’s 100 butterfly. That time is well under the NCAA B cut, and within striking distance of the 2010 meet record of 53.23. Sara Touchette-McGowan of Northeastern improved on her own NCAA B cut with a 54.26. Catherine Gargula of UNC Wilmington earned the third seed in 54.82.

James Madison’s Kristen Zielinski impressed with a four second drop in the 200 freestyle. The senior posted a 1:48.04, good for top seed. Delwarare’s Dominique Montoya finished second in 1:48.95. Quinn MacMillan grabbed the third seed for JMU with her 1:49.66.

Towson’s Jenna Van Camp dropped over two seconds to post a 1:00.53 100 breaststroke this morning. She and Drexel’s Rachel Bernhardt (1:01.12) went NCAA B cuts. Northeastern’s Taylor Ellis finished third (1:02.59).

Sophie Rittenhouse earned the top seed for the Tribe tonight in the 100 backstroke. The junior posted a 54.75. Alyssa Sanders of Delaware joined her under the NCAA B cut with a 54.93. Catherine Gargula of UNC Wilmington touched third in 55.15.

Men’s Meet

Jeremiah O’Donnell cruised his way to another top IM seed. The senior touched in 3:53.21, five seconds off his own meet record. He was followed by William and Mary teammates Ben Barden (3:54.15) and Eric Grimes (2:54.40).

Jack Saunderson of Towson dropped well over a second to threaten the 100 butterfly CAA record. The freshman touched in 47.60, just off the 47.35 record. William and Mary teammates Justin Barden and Evan Baker followed in 48.10 and 48.16. All three were under the NCAA B cut.

William and Mary’s Billy Russell was solidly under the NCAA B cut with a 1:36.45 200 freestyle this morning. That swim put him well ahead of teammates Alex Henderson (1:38.85) and Joseph Eiden (1:39.14).

Josh Zimmt of William and Mary earned the top seed in tonight’s 100 breaststroke. The junior dropped two seconds to be just under the NCAA B cut with his 55.25. UNC Wilmington’s Will Ryan touched second in 55.59 while Towson’s Joel Todd earned the third seed in 56.09.

In the 100 backstroke, the top two swimmers went an NCAA B cut this morning. Dominic Breschi of Towson was first in 47.81. He was followed by William and Mary teammates Will Manion and Justin Barden in 48.29 and 48.61.

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Author: Cathleen Pruden

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Cathleen Pruden is a 2016 graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the High School Content Manager at Swimming World. She was a four time All-American and a three time Academic All-American for the Lyons. She grew up swimming in and has also coached in Raleigh, North Carolina. Currently she is the Assistant Coach at Bowdoin College.

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