University of Delaware Swimmers Set Five Records During Day 2 of Colonial Athletic Association Championships
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The record-setting performances continued for the University of Delaware men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams during the second day of the Colonial Athletic Association Championships at the University of Maryland’s Eppley Recreation Center Thursday.
Delaware swimmers set five records on the day and the Blue Hen men’s and women’s teams collected eight top 10 finishes. The third day of the four-day meet will get underway Friday at 10 a.m. with preliminaries followed by the finals at 6 p.m.
Both Delaware teams currently reside in fourth place in the team standings. Defending champion Towson leads the women’s race with 303 points followed by James Madison, William & Mary, Delaware, Northeastern, UNCW, College of Charleston, and Drexel. UNCW, the 13-time defending champion, leads the men’s standings with 266 points followed by William & Mary, Towson, Delaware, Drexel, and College of Charleston.
The Delaware women, who set two records on Wednesday, established three more UD standards on Thursday as the 200 freestyle relay team of Dominique Montoya, Maggie Tracy, Mary Kay Harris, and Morgan Whyte placed third with a time of 1:32.49, breaking the UD mark of 1:33.54 set by the team of Montoya, Courtney Raw, Harris, and Whyte last season.
Blue Hen freshman Annie Nunes placed ninth in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:02.62, breaking the UD record of 2:04.08 by Stephanie Dodd in 2011-12, while Morgan Whyte posted a school record of 22.70 in the preliminaries of the 50 freestyle, surpassing her own mark of 23.06 set last season. Whyte, who had the second best preliminary time, did not place in the final Thursday night as she was disqualified during the race.
In addition to being a school record, Whyte’s time of 22.70 in the 50 freestyle was an NCAA B qualifying time (cut-off is 22.99), marking the first time in UD history that a female swimmer has made that cut. She could potentially qualify for the NCAA Championships in March based on how many swimmers qualify for that meet under the A standard of 22.05.
On the men’s side, Delaware set two school records as Cory Camp was fourth in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:28.15, breaking the mark of 4:30.88 by Ryan Roberts in 2009-10; and Alexander Hillsley was ninth in the 200 individual medley with a UD record time of 1:50.63, besting the mark of 1:50.77 set by Alex Tooley last season.
In other top finishes for the UD women, Montoya was 11th in the 50 freestyle (24.46), Emily Pate was 13th in the 200 individual medley (2:05.05), and Harris, who also set two school relay records Wednesday, was 14th in the 50 freestyle (23.60).
For the UD men, the 200 freestyle relay team of Hillsley, Sihan Liu, Trevor Dearstyne, and Tomas Elder was sixth (1:22.79), Patrick McCann was sixth in the one-meter diving event (267.25 points), Colin Hall was seventh in the one-meter dive (254.95), Brian Green was ninth in the one-meter dive (264.90), Zach Lowe was 12th in the 200 IM (1:52.70), Elder was 12th in the 50 freestyle (20.87), Tooley was 13th in the 500 freestyle (4:33.35), Tim West was 14th in the 200 IM (1:53.25), and Dearstyne was 16th in the 50 freestyle (21.08)
Women’s Team Standings After Day 2: 1. Towson - 303; 2. James Madison - 257; 3. William & Mary - 153; 4. Delaware - 148; 5. Northeastern - 125; 6. UNCW - 123; 7. College of Charleston - 125; 8. Drexel - 93.
Top Delaware Finishers:
3rd Place - 200 Freestyle Relay (Dominique Montoya, Maggie Tracy, Mary Kay Harris, Morgan Whyte), 1:32.49 (UD Record); 9th Place - Annie Nunes, 200 individual medley (2:02.62/UD Record); 11th Place - Dominique Montoya, 50 freestyle (24.46); 13th Place - Emily Pate, 200 individual medley (2:05.05); 14th Place - Mary Kay Harris, 50 freestyle (23.60)