WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia, October 13. WILLIAM and Mary's women's swimming and diving team was unable to overcome a keyed-up and hungry Towson squad today in the season opener, falling 120-178 to the Tigers. Towson improves to 2-0 (1-0 CAA) with the win, while the Tribe opens the season at 0-1 (0-1 CAA) for the second consecutive season. Meanwhile, the William and Mary men's team was successful in its season-opener for the third year in a row, powering past Towson, 162-136. All three of those victories have come at the expense of the Tigers, and this afternoon's victory gives the Tribe a 6-5 advantage in the series.
Highlighting the Tribe's individual performances was Olympic Trials-qualifier Katie Radloff (Arlington, Va.), who won all three of her individual events. In the 100 back, the sophomore cruised to a pool-record time of 57.97, and moved into second-place all-time at the College in that event. In the 50 free, she swam 24.18, and timed 51.81 for victory in the 100 free. Senior captain Meredith David (Somerdale, N.J.) won the 200 back, easily out-pacing the field with a time of 2:07.42. With the win, David moves into sole possession of seventh-place on the College's career victories list with 38.
Also providing excitement were a pair of freshmen. Carolyn Royce (Midlothian, Va.) timed 1:07.90 to take the laurels in her debut in the 100 breaststroke, and classmate Sarah Cannon (Watkinsville, Ga.) won the 1-Meter "required list" diving event with a score of 162.38.
William and Mary will look to post two in the win column next Saturday, October 20, with a tri-meet against North Carolina State and East Carolina at ECU's home pool in Greenville, N.C.
For the men, Junior Jason Brisson (Richmond, Va.) led the College with four victories on the afternoon, three individual and one in the 200 medley relay. On the relay, he teamed with David Mangini (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.), Geoff Ramsdell (Richmond, Va.), and Nick Duda (Vienna, Va.) to win in a time of 1:36.84. Brisson also swept both breaststroke events, timing 1:00.43 in the 100 breast and 2:11.28 in the 200 breast; as well as winning the 200 IM with a time of 1:58.48. His three individual victories moves Brisson up two places to fourth all-time at the College with 32 career wins.
Duda won three events for the Tribe to open his senior season. In addition to the 200 medley relay, he tore through the water in the 50 free to win in 21.43, and teamed with Nader Amer (Yorktown, Va.), Kevin Gallagher (Bridgewater, N.J.), and Michael Naccarelli (Wallingford, Pa.) to take the 200 free relay in 1:26.07. Gallagher also won three, earning individual titles in the 100 free (47.82) and 200 free (1:46.54) in addition to his spot on the 200 free relay. Junior Shawn Matthews (Rumson, N.J.) was a two-event winner for the Green and Gold, sweeping the backstroke events. He timed 52.93 in the 100 back and 1:56.58 in the 200 back.
William and Mary will look for a couple more wins next Saturday, October 20, with a tri-meet with North Carolina State and East Carolina in Greenville, N.C.
Special thanks to William and Mary for contributing this report.