Delaware Swimmers Split Dual Meet With Mason as the Blue Hen Women Use Last Event to Claim Victory
October 15, 2011
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FAIRFAX, Va.. -- The University of Delaware swimming teams split an afternoon dual meet with Colonial Athletic Association foe George Mason as the Blue Hen women won a nail biter, 145-143, but the men dropped a 185-115 decision at the Jim McKay Natatorium on Saturday afternoon.
The women (2-0, 1-0 CAA) placed first and second in the final event of the meet, the 200-yard freestyle relay, to turn an 11-point deficit into a two-point victory. The men (1-1, 0-1 CAA) swept the 100-yard breaststroke event, but could not hang on to defeat the Patriots.
Trailing 140-130 heading into the 16th and final event for the women, Tori Gillespie, Courtney Raw, Maggie Tracy and Mary Kay Harris won the 200-yard freestyle relay event in 1:37.84 to earn 11 points. Jena Marrinucci, Aubrey Caldwell, Kaitlin Wolla and Elise Kanegawa touched home in second, 0.97 seconds ahead of George Mason’s ‘A’ squad to earn four points and win the meet. Mason earned two points for third place.
Raw (at right) led the way for the women, winning two individual events in addition to the second leg of the 200-yard freestyle relay team. For the second week in a row, Raw swept the backstroke events. Her first place finish in the 200-yard event was ahead of teammates Caldwell and Alli Brown, as the Blue Hens swept the heat.
Other winners for the women included Shea Solt (1000-yard freestyle), Kanegawa (200-yard butterfly), and Gillespie (100-yard butterfly). Hannah Facchine touched home in second place in three events (100 and 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard individual medley), finishing behind All-CAA performer Ashley Daner in each event.
The men were able to take the top three spots in the 100-yard breaststroke, led by Josh Hyman’s first place finish, but only won one other event throughout the dual meet to fall to the CAA rival.
Hyman finished the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:00.13, over a second faster than teammates Ben Evangelista and Michael Meck. Tyler Szarko finished fourth in the heat, but only a team can only place three finishers in one event.
Ryan Roberts was the other lone Blue Hen to win an event, as he finished first in the 200-yard backstroke.
Hyman added three-second place finishes on the day to lead the Blue Hens. Hyman touched home second in the 200-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard individual medley events, as well as being the second leg of the 200-yard medley relay team.
Matt Marquez also finished second in two events, earning the silver in the distance events. He touched home in the 1000-yard freestyle in 9:55.26 before taking second in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:49.04.
Both the men and women return to the pool on November 5 when they participate in the two-day CAA Pod Meet at Towson. They will compete against the host Tigers and UNC Wilmington.
George Mason def. Delaware, 185-115
Delaware Top Finishers: First Place: Josh Hyman (1:00.13, 100-yard breaststroke); Ryan Roberts (1:53.42, 200-yard backstroke). Second Place: 200-yard Medley Relay (Roberts, Hyman, Clark, Gallagher, 1:35.53); Matt Marquez (9:55.26, 1000-yard freestyle; 4:49.04, 500-yard freestyle); Ryan Roberts (1:43.78, 200-yard freestyle); Matt McCarthy (53.42, 100-yard backstroke); Ben Evangelista (1:01.25, 100-yard breaststroke); Zach Lowe (1:55.42, 200-yard butterfly); Josh Hyman (2:09.29, 200-yard breaststroke; 1:59.25, 200-yard IM); Cole Clark (52.05, 100-yard butterfly); Brian Coonce (322.73, 3-meter diving); 200-yard freestyle relay (Woomer, Roberts, McLaughlin, Gallagher, 1:26.17). Third Place: 200-yard medley relay (McCarthy, Szarko, Lowe, Woomer, 1:37.91); Kyle McLaughlin (1:45.48, 200-yard freestyle); Michael Meck (1:01.80, 100-yard breaststroke; 2:15.19, 200-yard breaststroke); Andrew Speese (1:56.37, 200-yard butterfly); Paul Gallagher (21.73, 50-yard freestyle; 47.59, 100-yard freestyle); Brian Coonce (257.09, 1-meter diving); Matt McCarthy (1:55.74, 200-yard backstroke); Zach Lowe (4:55.39, 500-yard freestyle).
Delaware def. George Mason, 145-143
Delaware Top Finishers: First Place: Shea Solt (10:33.49, 1000-yard freestyle); Courtney Raw (58.11, 100-yard backstroke; 2:08.17, 200-yard backstroke); Elise Kanegawa (2:08.38, 200-yard butterfly); Tori Gillespie (57.53, 100-yard butterfly); 200-yard freestyle relay (Gillespie, Raw, Tracy, Harris, 1:37.84). Second Place: 200-yard medley relay (Raw, Facchine, Gillespie, Harris, 1:46.98); Aubrey Caldwell (1:57.64, 200-yard freestyle; 2:11.49, 200-yard backstroke); Hannah Facchine (1:05.44, 100-yard breaststroke; 2:20.79, 200-yard breaststroke; 2:09.31, 200-yard IM); Maggie Tracy (24.88, 50-yard freestyle); Heather Chucta (212.62, 3-meter diving; 226.12, 1-meter diving); Shea Solt (5:09.93, 500-yard freestyle); Elise Kanegawa (57.60, 100-yard butterfly); 200-yard freestyle relay (Marrinucci, Caldwell, Wolla, Kanegawa, 1:39.81). Third Place: Stephanie Dodd (10:48.83, 1000-yard freestyle); Jamie Kane (1:10.42, 100-yard breaststroke); Amy Stelmaszyk (2:10.99, 200-yard butterfly); Mary Kay Harris (25.03, 50-yard freestyle); Maggie Tracy (54.75, 100-yard freestyle); Alexandra Brown (2:11.89, 200-yard backstroke); Hailey Farrell (2:31.39, 200-yard breaststroke)
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