COLLEGE PARK, Md.  -- The University of Delaware women set school records in both relays Thursday night as the Colonial Athletic Association Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships got underway at the University of Maryland’s Eppley Recreation Center.

The Blue Hens set school records in the 200 medley relay and 800 freestyle relay, Kristina Congdon posted a fifth place finish in the three-meter diving event, and the Delaware men posted a fourth place showing in the 200 medley relay to highlight the first day of the meet.

The second day of action will get underway with preliminaries at 10 a.m. Thursday morning followed by the finals at 6 p.m. The four-day meet continues through Saturday.

The Delaware women are currently in third place in the team standings with 94 points, trailing James Madison (120) and defending champion Towson (111). Drexel was fourth followed by Northeastern, William & Mary, UNCW, and College of Charleston.

On the men’s side, Delaware is currently in sixth place with 58 points, trailing first day leader William & Mary (80), 13-time defending champion UNCW, Drexel, Towson, and College of Charleston.

Head coach John Hayman’s squads are looking to improve upon a fourth place finish by the Blue Hen men and a sixth place showing by the UD women a year ago.

The Delaware women’s 200 medley relay team of Alyssa Sanders, Annie Nunes, Mary Kay Harris, and Morgan Whyte swam to a fourth place finish with a time of 1:41.32 Thursday night, breaking the school record of 1:43.09 set by Courtney Raw, Marianne Flynn, Tori Gillespie, and Erinne Butler in 2010-11.

The Blue Hen women added another record-breaking performance in the 800 freestyle relay as the team of Harris, Laura Askin, Brittany Lazear, and Dominique Montoya placed fifth with a time of 7:27.05, bettering the mark of 7:27.79 set in 2008-09 by Cortney Barry, Meghan Barber, Donna Healy, and Maryann Walker.

Individually, Congdon was the Hens’ top finisher as she placed fifth in the three-meter diving event with a score of 325.65 points. Caitlin Stockwell was sixth, Lize Keefer was 10th, and Kimberly Caruso placed 15th for the Hens.

The Delaware men competed in two relays on the first day with the 200 medley relay team of Tim Ware, Peter DeLuce, Cole Clark, and Alexander Hillsley placing fourth in a time of 1:30.26 and the 800 freestyle relay group of Alex Tooley, Sihan Liu, Matthew Marquez, and Everett Albert finishing sixth in 6:39.45.


Women’s Team Standings After Day 1: 1. James Madison - 120; 2. Towson - 111; 3. Delaware - 94; 4. Drexel - 66; 5. Northeastern - 64; 6. William & Mary - 60; 7. UNCW - 56; 8. College of Charleston - 56.

Delaware Finishers: 4th Place - 200 Medley Relay (Alyssa Sanders, Annie Nunes, Mary Kay Harris, Morgan Whyte), 1:41.32 (UD Record); 5th Place - Kristina Congdon, 3m diving (325.65 points); 800 Medley Relay (Mary Kay Harris, Laura Askin, Brittany Lazear, Dominique Montoya), 7:27.05 (UD Record); 6th Place - Caitlin Stockwell, 3m diving (315.75); 10th Place - Lize Keefer, 3m diving (273.45); 15th Place - Kimberly Caruso, 3m diving (228.15)