Dodd Sets 400 IM Record, Blue Hens Post Three Sixth Place Finishes at Day 3 of CAA Championships
February 24, 2012
File Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell
FAIRFAX, Va. -- Ryan Roberts and Stephanie Dodd (at right) led the way as the University of Delaware men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams had a strong showing at the third day of the Colonial Athletic Association Championships at George Mason’s Jim McKay Natatorium Friday.
The Blue Hen men are currently in fifth place in the team standings while the Delaware women are in eighth place.
The men’s team standings remain the same, with defending champion UNCW in first with 456 points, followed by George Mason, William & Mary, Old Dominion, Delaware, Drexel and Towson.
Through event 27, James Madison still leads the women’s field with, followed by defending champion Towson, UNCW, William & Mary, Old Dominion, Northeastern, George Mason, Delaware and Drexel.
Saturday is the final day of competition, with the 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, men’s three-meter dive, 1,650 freestyle and 500-free relay taking place. Preliminaries of begin at 9 a.m and finals begin at 3 p.m.
Roberts had the top performances of the night for the men, taking the second spot on the podium in a close 100-backstroke race, finishing with a time of 49.98. Austin Witherow of George Mason narrowly edged out Roberts for the top spot by just .01 of a second.
Earlier in the night, Roberts placed fourth in the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 1:38.82. He set a school record with a time of 1:38.41 in the preliminary heats, more than a second faster than the record he set last season.
Matt Marquez won the consolation final of the same event in a time of 1:40.25. Tim Ware, Josh Hyman, Cole Clark and Nick Woomer finished fifth in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:31.08.
Three Blue Hens earned points in the 100-yard butterfly event. Clark was the top finisher for Delaware, placing eighth in the championship final in 49.69. Michael Moore was 14th (51.05) and Andrew Speese finished 16th (51.35).
Among other top Delaware performers, Hyman was sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 56.24, while Tyler Szarko finished 16th (58.84). In the 100-yard backstroke, Ware was sixth (49.79) Woomer was 10th (50.44) and Matt McCarthy was 11th (50.82).
Dodd capped off another successful day, placing sixth in the championship final of the 400-yard IM in 4:23.09. She broke her own record in the event, her second individual record in two days, in the morning preliminaries. Her time of 4:22.91 shattered her previous mark by 1.12 seconds.
Tori Gillespie also nabbed a sixth place finish in the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 55.58, just .11 seconds off her own school record. Courtney Raw, who set three records on Thursday, took seventh in the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 56.17.
Gillespie and Raw joined Hannah Facchine, and Mary Kay Harris in the in the 200-yard medley relay as the squad swam to a sixth place finish in 1:43.50, narrowly missing the program record of 1:43.09 set last year.
Other swimmers in the top 16 for the Delaware women included Facchine and Calli Marando, who placed 11th (1:04.02) and 13th (104.64) in the 100-yard breaststroke, respectively. Shea Solt finished in 16th place in the 400-yard IM in 4:30.97. In the final women’s event of the night, the 800-yard freestyle relay, Dodd, Solt, Aubrey Caldwell and Amy Stelmaszyk placed eighth with a time of 7:33.41.
Women’s Team Scores:
1. James Madison – 572; 2. Towson - 430; 3. UNCW -338; 4. William & Mary -325; 5. Old Dominion -225; 6. Northeastern -203; 7. George Mason – 190; 8. Delaware -174; 9. Drexel - 109
Delaware Women Top Finishers: 6th - 200-yard Medley Relay (Raw, Facchine, Gillespie, Harris, 1.43.50); Stephanie Dodd (400-yard IM, 4:23.09; UD Record in preliminaries, 4:22.91); Tori Gillespie (100-yard Butterfly, 55.58); 7th – Courtney Raw (100-yard Backstroke, 56.17); 8th – 800-yard Freestyle Relay (Dodd, Solt, Caldwell, Stelmaszyk, 7:33.41); 11th – Hannah Facchine (100-yard Breaststroke, 1:04.02); 11th – Calli Marando (100-yard Breaststroke, 1:04.64); 16th – Shea Solt (400-yard IM, 4:30.97).