University of Delaware Swimmers & Divers Chasing Titles at Colonial Athletic Association Championships this Week
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The University of Delaware men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will be chasing individual and team titles this week as the Blue Hens take part in the Colonial Athletic Association Championships at the University of Maryland’s Eppley Recreation Center beginning Wednesday afternoon.
The four-day meet will begin Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 12 noon with diving preliminaries followed by relays and diving finals at 6 p.m. The meet, which is being held for the first time at the University of Maryland, will continue through Saturday evening with preliminaries beginning each day at 10 a.m. followed by finals at 6 p.m.
Head coach John Hayman’s squads will be 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 UNCW men will vie for an unparalleled 13th-straight CAA championship this week, while the Towson women look to capture the CAA title for the sixth time in seven years.
“We are excited about our championships this week,” said Hayman, now in his 25th year at the helm of both teams. “The University of Maryland swimming facility should prove to be a great venue with some fast swimming. Our sights are set on placing as many people in finals as possible. In doing so we should establish many new school records and hopefully a few NCAA qualifying standards and USS National cuts. We are looking for leadership from our seniors and support from underclassmen as well. Alex Tooley, Matt Marquez, Tim Ware, Sihan Liu, and Cole Clark are just a few individuals who should place high in the meet on the men’s side. Morgan Whyte, Dominique Montoya, Alyssa Sanders, and Anna Nunes have some of the higher seeded times in the women’s meet, but we will be relying on a total team effort to move up the ranks.”
Tooley owns the CAA’s top time in the 400 individual medley this year at 3:58.46 while ranking second in the 500 freestyle (4:33.94). Teammate Cory Camp is ranked second in the 1,650 freestyle (15:59.15). On the women’s side, Whyte is ranked No. 4 in the 50 freestyle (23.27) and Congdon is ranked No. 4 in both the one-meter and three-meter diving events.
Clark placed third in the 200 medley relay and fifth in the 400 medley relay at the CAA Championships year ago while Marquez and Liu were fifth in the 800 freestyle relay and Ware was fifth in the 200 backstroke. For the UD women last season, Montoya and MaryKay Harris were fourth in the 200 freestyle relay and fifth in the 200 medley relay while White was third in the 50 freestyle, fourth in the 200 freestyle relay, and fifth in the 200 medley relay. Congdon placed fifth on the one-meter board a year ago.
Video for the four-day event will be carried live for free in high definition on CAA.TV and CAA's iPad app. A free login will be required to view the games via CAA.TV on a computer or using the CAA's iPad app. Live results will also be available at www.caasports.com.
Tickets for the event will be sold on-site via a cash only policy. All-session tickets are available for $70 with single session prices set at $10 for preliminaries and $12 for finals. Discounts are available for students.