William & Mary Opens CAA Championships with Three Victories

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William & Mary began the CAA Championships Monday night with three victories, including a pair of relay triumphs.

It’s been a tumultuous year for the Tribe, who successfully fought off an attempt by the university to cut the program. All that emotion is converging at the CAA championships, which the league decided to hold after NCAAs.

CAA Championships Women’s Team Scores

  1. William & Mary 208
  2. James Madison 166
  3. Towson 153
  4. Delaware 116
  5. UNC Wilmington 115
  6. Drexel 87

In the pool, the Tribe bookended night one of the competition with relay triumphs. In the 200 freestyle relay, the team of Missy Cundiff, Katie Stevenson, Anna Kenna and Megan Bull clocked in at 1:31.37. The Tribe were out front from Cundiff’s opening leg of 22.50. Bull split 22.92 off the end, holding off a charge by James Madison’s Cameron Gring (22.66). It’s the fifth time in seven years William & Mary has won the event.

JMU finished second, the team of Madison Cottrell, Alaina Park, Jordyn Schnell and Gring going 1:31.66.

The win was more comfortable in the 400 medley relay to end the night, with the foursome of Kenna, Annie Tuttle, Maura Graff and Katie Stevenson going 3:39.96 to win by nearly three seconds. Tuttle provided much of the cushion, going 1:00.60 in the breaststroke leg, the fastest swim in the race by 2.6 seconds.

JMU was second again, with Gring, Cottrell and Schnell joining Mack Lawson for silver.

William & Mary’s individual win came in the 500 free, with Elizabeth Intihar surging in the final 100 to take the win in 4:48.00. She just outtouched Julianna Jones of James Madison, who settled for silver in 4:48.55. Third was Delaware’s Mira Selling.

Delaware picked up a win in the 200 individual medley via Audrey Duvall in the race of the night. Duvall, the top seed after prelims, trimmed more than a second and a half but still had to withstand the charge of Gring in the final 50. Duvall won the race in 2:01.29, a tenth up on Gring, despite the JMU swimmer gaining .15 seconds on the final 50. Third was Towson’s Katie Nunez with W&M’s Tuttle fourth.

Evan Arsenault of UNC Wilmington won the 50 free, clocking in at 22.37. She had been 22.50, even with Cundiff, to start the 200 free relay. Cundiff went that same time in prelims to grab the top seed, then went 22.50 again in the final to earn the silver medal, her third swim of exactly 22.50 on the day. Drexel’s Lera Nasedkina was third in 22.96.

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