Women conquer Tribe, men fall

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By: Karuga Kionange, Staff Writer 

Towson split decisions this weekend at Burdick Pool against Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) rival William & Mary as the men’s team took a loss while the women’s team captured a victory. 

The Tigers men’s team (1-3, 0-0 CAA) won seven events against the Tribe men’s team. 

“Dominic Breschi, Jack Saunderson, and Will Dougherty had great all around meets,” Head Coach Jake Shrum said.

Towson began the meet with a second-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay as senior Nicki Breschi, freshman Ryan O’Leary, sophomore Jack Saunderson and junior Nick Essing combined for a time of 1:33.05.

Dougherty finished first in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 9:23.92, while senior Brandon Ress followed with a victory in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:42.52.

Breschi also had a first-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 51.12.

In the 200-yard butterfly, Saunderson finished with a time of 1:47.89 for a first-place finish while senior Noah Pritchard placed second with a time of 1:52.90.

Saunderson also placed first in the 100-yard butterfly, timing 49.09.

On the diving boards, sophomore Jake Casey won the one and three-meter events, scoring 172.12 and 183.82.

The Tigers women’s team (3-1, 1-0 CAA) defeated the Tribe women’s team. 

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On the women’s side junior Kendall Krumenacker and sophomore Ashley Illenye highlighted the Tigers victory by winning three events each.

“Kendall Krumenacker, Ashley Illenye, and Corie Morton were all fantastic,” Shrum said.

Towson swept the 1000-yard freestyle with Illenye winning the event in 10:12.85. Junior Corie Morton placed second with a time of 10:19.59, and sophomore Danielle Clark took third with a time of 10:29.92.

The Tigers also had two top-three finishers for the 100-yard backstroke. Junior Jacy Icard timed 56.12 to win the event, while senior Olivia Evans finished third with a time of 59.44.

Illenye continued her good performance, timing 2:06.31 in the 200-yard butterfly to win the event. She capped off her day by winning her third event with a time of 5:00.75 in the 500-yard freestyle.

Krumenacker earned a victory in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:53.50. She earned her third victory of the day with a win in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:06.80.

On the diving boards, sophomore Emily Wilson won the one-meter event with 240.67 points, and fellow sophomore Kelsey Jehl won on the three-meter boards with 291.60 points.

This victory extends the Tigers home win streak to 21 straight dual meets and gives Towson its 12th win over conference rival William & Mary.

Despite not being able to sweep the dual meet, Shrum is happy with his team’s progression this season.

“Both teams are doing a great job of using what we are working on in practices into their races at meets.”

Towson competes on the road in the George Mason POD Meet on Nov. 4 and 5.

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