Ustjanauskas and Rittenhouse Set Two CAA Records for William and Mary

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By Cathleen Pruden, Swimming World College Intern

In night three of CAA swimming action, three women’s meet records fell, as William and Mary remains in control of the team scoring. On the men’s side no new records were set, but the Tribe men continue to lead.

Women’s Meet

Towson seniors went 1-2 to wrap up their CAA 400 IM careers. Hannah Snyder used an incredibly strong back half to win the race in 4:16.94. Classmate Christine Hammond swam a 4:19.84 for second. Madeline Maher touched third for Delaware in 4:19.96.

William and Mary’s Jessie Ustjanauskas snuck under the meet record in the 100 butterfly. The senior’s 53.21 beat the 2010 record by two hundredths. Sara Touchette-McGowan touched second for Northeastern with a 53.79. UNC Wilmington’s Catherine Gargula rounded out the podium in 54.10.

James Madison’s Quinn MacMillan was victorious in the 200 freestyle. The Duke stopped the clock at 1:46.92. Her teammate Kristen Zielinski was a second behind her in 1:47.94. Delaware’s Dominique Montoya finished third (1:48.15).

Drexel’s Rachel Bernhardt out touched Towson’s Jenna Van Camp to win the 100 breaststroke, with a 1:00.65 to Van Camp’s 1:00.82. Taylor Ellis (1:02.19) scored third place points for Northeastern.

Sophie Rittenhouse dropped just over a second from the morning to take the 100 backstroke CAA title in 53.71. The William and Mary junior also erased Hannah Stephenson‘s 2014 CAA record in the process. Gargula had her second podium finish of the night, touching in 54.51 for second. Jacy Icard of Towson finished third (54.62).

The William and Mary squad of Rittenhouse, Annie Valls, Ustjanauskas, and Jaimie Miller posted a 3:38.32 in the 400 medley relay to win the event and take down Towson’s 2015 record. James Madison’s Mary Elizabeth WarholKatie ParkerCameron Martin, and Camilla Czulada touched second in 3:40.55. Third went to the Northeastern team of Christine LeongTaylor EllisSara Touchette-McGowan, and Carly Schnabel in 3:41.44.

Team scores through event 27:

  1. William and Mary 506.5
  2. James Madison 487.5
  3. Towson 374.5
  4. Delaware 314
  5. Northeastern 303.5
  6. UNC Wilmington 198
  7. Drexel 172

Men’s Meet

For the second night in a row, Jeremiah O’Donnell came up short of his own record, but was fast enough to defend his IM title. In tonight’s 400 the William and Mary swimmer recorded a 3:51.40, faster than teammate Sean Higgins who touched second (3:53.89). Delaware’s Alex Tooley ended up third in 3:54.40.

Evan Baker earned another Conference title for the Tribe, touching in 47.56 to win the 100 butterfly. Drexel’s Kyle Lukens finished second in 47.59. Jack Saunderson of Towson was third (48.01).

William and Mary came up just short of a sweep in the 200 freestyle. Joseph Eiden touched in 1:36.78 after over a two second drop. Teammate Billy Russell finished second in 1:37.39. Cory Camp placed third (1:38.65) for Delaware.

Three different teams had representatives on the podium in the 100 breaststroke. Josh Zimmit touched first for the tribe in 55.19. Will Ryan of UNC Wilmington was not far behind in 55.36. Joel Todd finished third for Towson in 55.69.

Drexel senior Joel Berryman dropped nearly a second and a half to win the 100 backstroke in 47.16. Will Manion of the Tribe touched second in 47.46. Dominic Breschi finished third for Towson in 47.66.

The Tribe captured the men’s 400 medley relay as well. Manion, O’Donnell, Baker, and Russell combined for a winning time of 3:14.06. Towson’s Breschi, Todd, Saunderson, and Matt Hans finished second in 3:16.48. The UNCW crew of Tad Spence, Ryan, Zach Sowers, and William Swiss rounded out the top three in 3:16.93.

Team scores through event 28:

  1. William and Mary 639.5
  2. Drexel 427
  3. Delaware 345
  4. Towson 344
  5. UNC Wilmington 322.5

Results available here: 2016 CAA Championships: Day 3 – Results

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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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