CAA Championships: Day One

RICHMOND, Virginia, February 26. THREE relay records were broken on day one of the 2009 CAA Swimming & Diving Championships at the Jim McKay Natatorium at George Mason University. After the first day of competition, George Mason leads the women’s competition with 116 points, followed by James Madison and Towson tied for second with 98 points. On the men’s side, Old Dominion and UNC Wilmington share the top spot with 68 points, while William & Mary follows with 62.

The first record-setting performance of the day came in the women’s 200-yard medley relay as the George Mason squad of Nicole Harmon, Ashley Danner, Caitlin Impink and Mary Beth Cheslock posted a time of 1:40.65, surpassing the old record of 1:44.00 set by William & Mary since 2007.

UNC Wilmington’s men’s 200-yard medley relay team of Bobby Guntoro, Robert Anderson, Tucker Waldron, Alex Aguilar set a new meet record with a time of 1:29.73, just over a second less than the current record of 1:30.83 set by the Seahawks a year ago.

In the women’s 800-yard freestyle relay, William & Mary’s team of Lindsay Guers, Molly Emery, Marina Falcone and Katie Radloff, smashed the previous league record by over eight seconds with a time of 7:12.67. The previous mark of 7:20.88 was set by Towson last year.

Drexel’s Kate Hynes collected her fourth straight CAA championship on the three-meter board with a score of 352.60, while George Mason’s Lisa Faulkner finished in second with 301.20 points.

In the final event for the day, Delaware’s men’s 800-freestyle relay team of John Ohlhaver, Robert MacLeish, Zach Schiavo and Dominic Pavlik took home the victory in a close race, as they reached the wall one second in front of the Old Dominion team.

The championship continues tomorrow at 10 a.m. with trials in the 500 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 50 freestyle and the men’s one-meter diving. Finals for those events will follow at 6 p.m.

Special thanks to the CAA for contributing this report.