Potomac Relays

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 30. TOWSON opened their defense of the Colonial Athletic Association title with a first place finish in the Potomac Relay Invitational Friday held at American University. The non-conference meet saw the Tigers dominate the six team field with a winning score of 118. The next closest team, runner-up George Washington, finished with a score of 86. The Tigers finished first in seven events.

"We went in with the expectation and the goal to win and tonight we get to enjoy that," Towson Coach Pat Mead said.

The meet allowed some of the younger Tigers on the team to have an opportunity to perform and some responded with notable performances. Sophomore Jillian Gamble was especially productive, as she was part of three relay victories for Towson. Gamble helped Towson post a winning time of 7:51.61 in the 800-yard freestyle and was also part of first place finishes in the 200-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle relays. Amanda Barber, Liz Saint and Dana Rzewnicki, all freshmen, each contributed in multiple relay victories for the Tigers.

"Jillian Gamble had a phenomenal meet," Mead said. "The times she put up were all faster than last year and she's right on track."

Towson will return to the pool Saturday, Oct. 8 when they open Colonial Athletic Association action on the road against William & Mary. The meet will begin at 1 p.m.

The Tigers opened the competitive portion of their 2011 season Friday with a second place finish at the Potomac Relay Invitational held at American University. A team score of 88 defeated all but George Mason University in the seven school competition. The Patriots posted a score of 94 for the victory.

The Towson team of Zack Stone and Wes Foltz were victorious in the 1000-yard freestyle relay, posting an overall time of 9:33.37 and beating second place George Mason by 3.97 seconds.

Stone was also part of a relay group with teammates Matt Collingwood, Jordan Lingo and Zac Jelinek that posted a second place time of 7:05.76 in the 800-yard freestyle relay.

"To be able to go in and perform as well as they did exceeded my expectations," Towson Coach Pat Mead said. "At no point did our guys back down. We accomplished exactly what I was hoping to do. We want to earn some respect and I think we definitely did that."

The Tigers also took home second place in the 300-yard butterfly relay, with a team comprised of Jon Burr, Philip Forrester and Foltz.

John Gartland, Ryan Westhafer and Billy Pappas posted a time of 3:05.18 to earn second place in the 300-yard breaststroke. The trio lost to Georgetown University by less than a second.

Towson will return to the pool Saturday, Oct. 8 when they open Colonial Athletic Association action on the road against William & Mary. The meet will begin at 1 p.m.

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