Eight University of Delaware Swimmers Honored by Colonial Athletic Association; Pate Earns All-Academic Honors
Camp, a freshman from Olney, Md. (Blake High School), earned the top award for the Blue Hens as he was named the CAA Male Rookie Swimmer of the Year while also earning All-CAA honors in the 1,650 freestyle. He became the first Delaware men’s swimmer to earn league Rookie of the Year honors since the Blue Hens joined the CAA in 2001-02.
He enjoyed an outstanding showing at the CAA Championships as he placed second in the 1,650 freestyle, fourth in the 500 freestyle, and fourth in the 400 individual medley. He set school records in both the 1,650 freestyle (15:29.29) and 500 freestyle (4:28.15) and was an NCAA provisional qualifier in the 1,650 freestyle.
Student-athletes earned All-CAA notice by placing in the top three of their events at the CAA meet back on Feb. 26-March 1 at the University of Maryland. All other honors were selected by the league head coaches.
Also for Delaware men, senior Zach Lowe (Creekside/St. John’s, Fla.) was named to the CAA All-Academic Team while sophomore Alex Tooley (Fossil Ridge/Fort Collins, Colo.) was named All-CAA in the 400 individual medley.
Lowe, an electrical engineering major with a minor in computer science, posted a fifth place finish in the 200 butterfly at the CAA championships. Tooley placed third in the 400 IM at the CAA meet with a school-record time of 3:55.09.
For the Delaware women, sophomore Emily Pate (State College/State College, Pa.) was named to the CAA All-Academic Team, sophomore Dominique Montoya (Ridley/Morton, Pa.) was named All-CAA in the 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle relay while junior Maggie Tracy (Ursuline/Rye, N.Y.), senior Mary Kay Harris (South River/Crofton, Md.), and sophomore Morgan Whyte (St. John’s College HS/Chevy Chase, Md.) were all named All-CAA in the 200 freestyle relay.
Pate, a civil engineering major at Delaware, placed 12th in the 100 breaststroke and 13th in the 200 individual medley at the CAA meet. Montoya placed third in the 200 freestyle with a school-record time of 50.11 and teamed with Tracy, Harris, and Whyte to place third in the 200 freestyle relay with a school-record showing of 1:32.49.
Delaware head coach John Hayman led the Blue Hen men to a dual record of 4-4 and a fourth place team finish at the CAA Championships and guided the women’s squad to a 7-3 dual record and a fifth place CAA Championship showing.
On the men’s side, William & Mary’s Andrew Strait was named CAA Swimmer of the Year, Towson’s Alex Cohen was named Diver of the Year, UNCW’s Allen Crosby was named Rookie Diver of the Year, William & Mary’s Matt Crispino was named Swimming Coach of the Year, and Towson’s Maureen Mead was selected as Diving Coach of the Year.
On the women’s side, Towson’s Kaitlin Burke was selected Swimmer of the Year, James Madison freshman Taryn McLaughlin was named Diver of the Year and Rookie Diver of the Year, Towson’s Pat Mead was named Swimming Coach of the Year, and JMU’s Becky Benson was the choice as Diving Coach of the Year.