Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Teams Hit the Road for CAA Pod Meet
November 5, 2010
NEWARK, Del. - - The University of Delaware men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams take to the road for their first meet away from home this season, and will compete at UNC Wilmington with Towson and George Mason in the lone Colonial Athletic Association Pod Meet of the season.
Both squads are coming into this weekend undefeated, as the men are 2-0 after defeating Georgetown and George Mason to start off the season. The women go into the pod meet with a perfect 3-0 record, and have a jump start in the CAA with a 2-0 record. They defeated Georgetown, George Mason and James Madison so far this season.
Depth Will Pace Men’s Swimming:
A talented senior class has been at the forefront of the two meets, as they have won a total of 10 races. Grady Carter, Zach Schiavo, Craig Young, Dominic Pavlik and Ross Buckwalter have all won individual races while also contributing in two 200-yard Medley Relay victories. Over the first two meets, the team has claimed 19 individual top spots, plus the two relay races.
Co-Captains Young and Pavlik (at right) have won each of their two most prominent races, as Young has brought home a first place medal in the 200-yard backstroke and Pavlik the 200-yard breaststroke during the first two weekends. Carter was named the CAA Men’s Swimmer of the Week the last time he was in the pool.
Carter was the anchor of the 200-medley relay team that finished first in the opening event for the men, in a Rawstrom Natatorium record of 1:33.90. He also swept the sprint freestyle events, winning the 50-yard event in 20.71, and the 100-yard race in 46:30.
Brian Coonce has also made a difference on the diving boards, winning both the one and three meter diving events against Georgetown. He then placed second in the three-meter dive against George Mason.
Top Tier Speed Will Lead Women’s Swimmers:
The women may not be as deep as the men’s team this winter, but their top swimmers may be as good as anyone in the CAA. They cruised Georgetown and George Mason by large margins, before winning a closer battle with James Madison.
The women won nine individual races against Georgetown, and took a first place finish in the 200-yard medley relay. They then came back and took seven individual events in the tri-meet, with the addition of the 200 medley relay as well.
Sophomore Courtney Raw led the team against JMU and Mason with three victories. She swept the backstroke events, beating teammate Aubrey Caldwell in the 200 by nearly a second. She was also the opening leg of the 200 medley relay squad that jumpstarted the Hens in the first event of the meet.
Hannah Facchine finished in second place on three different occasions, and was the second leg of the 200-medley relay team. She finished the day with the most top three finishes for the women at the meet.
Erinne Butler (at left) and Tori Gillespie were the only other Blue Hens with multiple victories, as Gillespie won the 100-yard butterfly. Butler touched the wall first in the 50-yard freestyle.Both were also a part of the 200-yard medley relay team.
Both teams return to Rawstrom Natatorium next Saturday, November 13 as they welcome La Salle and Rider for a nonconference tri-meet. The first gun will be at 1 p.m.Back To Men's Swimming Home Men's Swimming Story Archive