By: Karuga Koinange, Assistant Sports Editor
Towson competed in the 2017 Colonial Athletic Association Swimming & Diving Championships at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center this week to conclude its season.
On the men’s side, the Tigers finished the first day in second place with 66 points.
The 200-yard medley relay team of senior Nick Breschi, senior Jeremy Liu, sophomore Jack Saunderson and junior Nick Essing took second place with a school record time of 1:28.74.
On the women’s side, the Tigers finished in second place after the first day with 98 points.
The 800-yard freestyle relay team of freshman Sarah-Margaret Locke, senior Melissa Toy, junior Corie Morton and junior Kendall Krumenacker won bronze with a time of 7:20.85.
The men’s team set a pair of school records on day two of competition. The Tigers placed in third with 212.5 points through 16 events.
Saunderson set a school record (1:48.99) in the 200-yard individual medley, while freshman Matt Essing set a freshman record (20.55) in the 50-yard freestyle.
Senior Brandon Ress won silver in the 500-yard freestyle finals, timing 4:25.96.
On the women’s side, Towson took third-place with 202.5 points through 16 events. Krumenacker timed 2:02.11 to win silver in the 200-yard individual medley finals.
The men’s team set a pair of school records and a conference meet record, posting two NCAA ‘B’ cut times and winning three medals.
Saunderson won gold in the 100-yard butterfly with a school record and conference meet record of 47.01, also a NCAA ‘B’ cut time.
Breschi won silver in the 100-yard backstroke and posted a NCAA ‘B’ cut of 48.32 in the morning trials.
The 400-yard medley relay team of Breschi, Liu, Saunderson and Essing combined for a silver medal with a school record time of 3:15.14.
The women’s team also set a school record in addition to winning two medals.
Junior Jacy Icard set a school record in the 100-yard backstroke with a NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 53.43. She won silver after improving upon her morning trials time of 53.59, also a NCAA ‘B’ cut.
Sophomore Ashley Illenye won silver in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:23.91.
On the final day of competition, Saunderson set a school record and conference meet record to win the 200-yard butterfly with a NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 1:43.44.
Breschi won silver in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:46.06 (NCAA ‘B’ cut). The pair also won bronze as members of the 500-yard freestyle relay, along with Nick Essing and Brandon Ress.
Saunderson was named the Most Outstanding Male Swimmer of the Meet after winning two gold medals, two silver medals and three bronze medals. He set five school records, two conference meet records and posted a pair of NCAA ‘B’ cut times.
On the women’s side, the Tigers won two medals to conclude competition.
Icard recorded a NCAA ‘B’ cut of 1:58.09 in the 200-yard backstroke to win bronze, and Illenye won the 1,650-yard freestyle in 16:40.07.
The men’s and women’s teams finished with 597.5 and 505.5 points, respectively, to finish the season.