Blue Hens Sweep Eight Events, Glide by Towson 218-66 in CAA Action
January 8, 2011
TOWSON, Md. - - The University of Delaware men’s and women’s swimming and diving squads got back to the rigor of their Colonial Athletic Association schedule on Saturday, as they split a pair of decisions against Towson with the men winning 218-66, while the women dropped the meet 200-100 in Burdick’s Hall Memorial Pool.
The Blue Hen men (7-1, 4-1 CAA) swept eight events, in addition to the 200-yard medley relay in which they took the top three times, but only two count for points. They took the top three podium position in the 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke, 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 200-yard breaststroke, 500-yard freestyle, and the 100-yard butterfly. The last six sweeps were in succession, as the team closed out their points with the 100-yard butterfly.
The win helped head coach John Hayman reach the 300 win plateau with a combined record between his men’s and women’s team. The victory over the Tigers moves his men’s record to 128-118 while his women’s record dropped to 172-84 at the helm of the Blue Hens. Hayman is in his 22nd season as the Blue Hen’s head coach.
Senior Zach Schiavo paced the Blue Hens with three first place finishes. The team ended the meet winning 14 of 16 events. Schiavo started the Blue Hens off on the right foot with the first event of the day in the 200-yard medley relay. He was the anchor of the winning team in 1:33.35. He then posted first place finished in the 50-yard freestyle (21.48) and the 100-yard freestyle (47.38). Ryan Roberts had two first place finishes to back up Schiavo. Roberts swept the backstroke events, touching home in 57.01 in the 100-yard and 1:53.13 in the 200-yard.
The women (6-3, 3-3 CAA) jumped out to a fast start, taking first and third place in the opening 200-yard medley relay event in 1:48.70 but could not hang on as the 2010 CAA Champion Tigers had too much depth to overcome.
After the 200-yard medley relay, Donna Healy and Meghan Barber took second and third in the 200-yard freestyle to keep it interesting early. But, the Blue Hens did not place two in the top three again until the 23rd event when Tori Gillespie and Elise Kanegawa placed second and third in the 100-yard butterfly. The women ended strong with the 400-yard freestyle relay, as they also placed second and third in the final swimming events of the day.
Courtney Raw continues her impressive sophomore season as she led the Blue Hens with three first place finishes, also adding a third place posting. Raw was the opening leg of the 200-yard medley relay team, as she also swept the backstroke events. She won the 100-yard in 59.16 before placing first in the 200-yard in 2:09.36. She capped off her day as the second leg of the 400-yard freestyle relay team that placed third in 3:42.36.
Barber finished her day with a second place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay team that finished in 3:39.85 and two third place finishes. She swam the 200-yard freestyle in 1:46.04 and the 200-individual medley in 2:13.15, both good enough for third.
Both Blue Hen teams return to action next Saturday, January 15, as they travel to Drexel for a CAA battle starting at noon.
Delaware def. Towson, 218-66
Men’s Top Finishers:
First Place: 200-yard medley relay ‘A’ (MacLeish, Buckwalter, Clark, Schiavo 1:33.35); Matt Marquez (16:40.80, 1650-yard freestyle); Kyle McLaughlin (1:44.36, 200-yard freestyle); Ryan Roberts (51.59, 100-yard backstroke; 1:53.13, 200-yard backstroke); Ross Buckwalter (57.01, 100-yard breaststroke); Andrew Speese (1:55.13, 200-yard butterfly); Zach Schiavo (21.48, 50-yard freestyle; 47.38, 100-yard freestyle); Dominic Pavlik (2:12.17, 200-yard breaststroke); Matt Wehrman (4:52.17, 500-yard freestyle); Mike Wodoslawsky (51.94, 100-yard butterfly); Seth Bergman (293.18, 1-meter diving); Brian Coonce (325.20, 3-meter diving). Second Place: 200-yard medley relay ‘B’ (Roberts, Pavlik, Wodoslawsky, Woomer 1:35.82); Matt Wehrman (16:43.40, 1650-yard freestyle); Tyler Szarko (1:46.23, 200-yard freestyle); Robert MacLeish (52.94, 100-yard backstroke); Nick Woomer (21.53, 50-yard freestyle); Kyle McLaughlin (47.74, 100-yard freestyle); Craig Young (1:53.68, 200-yard backstroke); Mike Meck (2:16.88, 200-yard breaststroke); Matt Marquez (4:53.53, 500-yard freestyle); Cole Clark (52.15, 100-yard butterfly); Brian Coonce (291.68, 1-meter diving); Nick Hoffman (245.55, 3-meter diving). Third Place: Dominic Pavlik (1:46.65, 200-yard freestyle); Matt McCarthy (53.18, 100-yard backstroke; 1:56.57, 200-yard backstroke); Mike Wodoslawsky (59.60, 100-yard breaststroke); Zach Lowe (1:58.58, 200-yard butterfly); Robert MacLeish (21.84, 50-yard freestyle); Nick Woomer (48.54, 100-yard freestyle); Tyler Szarko (2:17.20, 200-yard breaststroke); Zach Wheatley (4:55.09, 500-yard freestyle); Andrew Speese (53.00, 100-yard butterfly); Nick Hoffman (246.45, 1-meter diving); Seth Bergman (239.25, 3-meter diving).
Towson def. Delaware, 200-100
Women’s Top Finishers:
First Place: 200-yard medley relay ‘A’ (Raw, Flynn, Gillespie, Butler 1:48.70); Courtney Raw (59.16, 100-yard backstroke; 2:09.36, 200-yard backstroke). Second Place: Donna Healy (1:55.28, 200-yard freestyle); Erinne Butler (24.62, 50-yard freestyle); Tori Gillespie (58.28, 100-yard butterfly); 400-yard freestyle relay ‘A’ (McBrien, Healy, Barber, Butler 3:39.85). Third Place: 200-yard medley relay ‘B’ (Caldwell, Vandoren, Wolla, Healy 1:51.89); Cortney Barry (17:33.00, 1650-yard freestyle); Meghan Barber (1:46.04, 200-yard freestyle; 2:13.15, 200-yard individual medley); Marianne Flynn (1:08.34, 100-yard breaststroke); Donna Healy (53.63, 100-yard freestyle); Elise Kanegawa (58.49, 100-yard butterfly); 400-yard freestyle relay ‘B’ (Solt, Raw, Huber, Gillespie 3:42.36).