Delaware Swimmers Look to Close Strong at 2017 CAA Championships
CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. -- The culmination to the 2017 season gets underway this week for the University of Delaware men’s and women’s swimming teams as the Blue Hens will compete at the Colonial Athletic Association Championships being held at the Christiansburg Aquatics Center in Christiansburg, Va.
"Our team is excited to be competing at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center, as it is a great venue for some fast swims" 29th year head coach John Hayman said.
"We had a great second half of the season and all of this hard work should provide for some very exciting swims from our athletes" the coach continued.
The four-day event begins on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 12 p.m. and continues through Saturday, Feb. 25.
The preliminaries for the second, third and fourth day begin each morning at 10 a.m. with all of the finals except for the opening day, set to begin 6 p.m. each evening. Day one's finals will begin Wednesday at 4 p.m.
The CAA will provide plenty of live coverage, as the prelims and finals will be streamed online free via www.CAA.TV. Live results will also be available at www.caasports.com.
The women’s meet will include eight schools (Delaware, Towson, James Madison, William & Mary, Northeastern, UNCW, College of Charleston, and Drexel) competing for the team title in 18 individual events.
Six schools (Delaware, William & Mary, Towson, UNCW, Drexel, and College of Charleston) will be competing for the men’s team title in 18 individual events.
Both the men and the women placed fourth at the CAA Championships a season ago.
Historically, the men produced their best CAA finish with third place showings in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 while the UD women have equaled their best showing back-to-back seasons, when they’ve finished fourth. The Blue Hens women’s team also finished fourth in 2002 and 2003.
Former Delaware diving coach Brian Coonce was named Diving Coach of the Year, as the Blue Hens took home the Men’s and Women’s 3M title last year.
“On the women’s side, we are looking forward to some great swims from Sarah Braatz (freestyle), Mina Feyrer (fly), Julia Capobianco (fly), Annie Nunes (breast/IM), Madeline Maher (breast/IM), Melissa Manuelli (50 freestyle) and Jordan Sawyer (50 freestyle)” Hayman said.
“On the men’s side, we’re looking forward to seeing Cory Camp (500 freestyle/1650 freestyle/IM), Alex Hillsley (IM/backstroke/freestyle), Patrick Savidge (Medley, backstroke, freestyle), Asher Kiely (backstroke, free) andKevin Basch (1650 freestyle)” Hayman continued.
At last years CAA Championships, Camp took home second in the 500 freestyle, third in the 1650 freestyle and third in the 200 freestyle.
William & Mary are the defending men’s and women’s team champions. A year ago the Tribe women snapped Towson’s three-year run, and the Tribe men took home the CAA crown for the second consecutive season.
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