200 Freestyle Relay Under NCAA 'B' Cut, Break One School Record as Men Sit Fourth Through 12 Events at the CAA Swimming and Diving Championships
February 24, 2011
Photos Courtesy of UD Media Services
FAIRFAX, Va. - - The swimmers joined the action today in the 2011 Colonial Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Championships, finishing 12 events through the second night of the four day meet. The University of Delaware men broke one school record and hold in fourth while the women broke three program records and sit in seventh place as a team.
The Blue Hen men were led by the 400-yard medley relay team, which gained them 34 points on the evening. The combination of Ryan Roberts, Ross Buckwalter, Michael Wodoslawsky, and Zach Schiavo (at right) placed second in 3:18.16 the final event of the evening. It was the best time in the 400-medley relay this season for the Blue Hens ad the second best time in program history. UNC Wilmington finished first with a finals time of 3:16.36.
The men also had an NCAA Provisional B Cut in the 200-yard freestyle event, placing third. Paul Gallagher, Nick Woomer, Grady Carter and Schiavo finished in a time of 1:21.32, giving the Blue Hens 32 more points. It was also the fastest time of the season and the third fastest relay in Blue Hen history.
Schiavo had a busy day for Delaware as he also competed in the 50-yard freestyle, touching home with a team best sixth place finish. The Blue Hens had a team best five swimmers earn points in the event, but Schiavo was the lone Hen to race in the Championship Final. He finished in 20.80, giving the team 13 points. Woomer finished ninth, tops in the Consolation Final, followed by Carter (10), Gallagher (11), and Robert MacLeish (15). Craig Young was the only other Blue Hen swimmer to compete in a final event, finishing eighth in the 200-yard individual medley, a personal and team season low.
Josh Hyman continues to perform strong towards the end of the season, as he set a new school record in the 200-yard individual medley, competing in the consolation final. His time of 1:51.69 was good enough for a tie for ninth, but broke his own school record in the event by .51 seconds.
The women had two sixth place finishes on the night, each coming in the relay events. The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Donna Healy, Tori Gillespie, Meghan Barber, and Erinne Butler gave the Blue Hens 26 points with a time of 1:34.79. The combo swam the fastest in the event this season, and narrowly missed a program record, missing the top spot by .69 seconds.
The other sixth place finish for the women was in the 400-yard medley relay. Courtney Raw, Marianne Flynn, Gillespie and Healy swam into the records books for the Blue Hens, beating the previous school record in the event by over a minute. Their time of 3:45.30 beat the old program time of 3:46.73, set in 2008-09. Raw also set an individual program during the race with the opening 100-yard backstroke to start the relay. She came in a time of 55.58, moving past Emily Smathers and into the top spot
Barber (at right) also had a tremendous evening, as she was the lone Blue Hen woman that scored in the Championship Final. She also set a new program record in the 200-yard individual medley, touching home in 2:05.26. Her time broke the school record that was set in 2002-03 by Sandy Stephens.
Day three of the CAA Championships continue on Friday with the preliminaries of the 400-yard individual medley at 10 a.m. The 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and the 100 backstroke will also be competing on day three. The finals of each event are scheduled to start at 6 p.m.
University of Delaware at the 2011 CAA Championships
Delaware Men Top Finishers: Second Place: 400-yard Medley Relay (Roberts, Buckwalter, Wodoslawsky, Schiavo, 3:18.16, 34 pts); Third Place: 200-yard Freestyle Relay (Gallagher, Woomer, Carter, Schiavo, 1:21.32 B, 32 pts); Sixth Place: Zach Schiavo (50-yard Freestyle, 20.80, 13 pts); Eighth Place: Craig Young (200-yard IM, 1:52.69, 11 pts)
Delaware Women Top Finishers: Sixth Place: 200-yard Freestyle Relay (Healy, Gillespie, Barber, Butler, 1:34.79, 26 pts); 400-yard Medley Relay (Raw, Flynn, Gillespie, Healy, 3:45.30, 26 pts - School Record); Eighth Place: Meghan Barber (200-yard IM, 2:05.26, 11 pts - School Record).
Men’s Team Scores:
1. UNCW – 240; 2. George Mason – 183; 3. Old Dominion – 154, 4. Delaware – 146.5; 5. William & Mary – 132. 5; 6. Drexel – 108; 7. Towson – 60
Women’s Team Scores:
1. James Madison – 207.5; 2. Towson – 206; 3. UNCW – 172.5; 4. Old Dominion – 120; 5. William & Mary – 109; 6. George Mason – 94; 7. Delaware – 77; 8. Northeastern – 67; 9. Drexel – 57.