Towson shows potential to begin season


By Evan Coffren, Contributing Writer

File Photo by Patrick Burke/The Towerlight

The women’s swimming and diving team competed Saturday and lost 175.5-124.5 in a head to head match vs James Madison. 

Multiple swimmers had success for the Tigers (3-3), including senior Megan Cowan, who won the 200-yard butterfly and tied for second in the 200-yard individual medley. Freshman freestyle Andrea Ducar won the 100-yard butterfly and helped the 400-yard medley relay team win in 3:50:77. 

Senior breaststroke Jacki Schoening was victorious in the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke and was part of the winning 400-yard medley relay team. 

The only significant diving accomplishment came from senior Sara DiGateaneo who finished sixth in the 1m dive with a 246.60 score.

“The girls had a tough task in traveling and competing against JMU today but really displayed their toughness and character. I couldn’t be happier with where we are right now,” head coach Jake Shrum said. 

In the first event of the year for the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams, Towson competed at the Navy Invitational. Both teams traveled to the Naval Academy with the men competing in a quad meet against Navy, George Washington, and Johns Hopkins. 

The men’s team (2-2) went 2-1 as they beat the Blue Jays and Colonials. They beat Johns Hopkins 191-95, George Washington 165-133 and lost to the Midshipmen 207-80.

Navy won out at home but the Tigers had a strong performance as senior backstroke Owen Robinson placed second in the 100-yard backstroke and third alongside senior breaststroke Ryan O’Leary, junior fly Nick McClure, and senior freestyle Matt Essing in the 200-yard relay. McClure placed third in the 100-yard butterfly and fifth in the 200-yard butterfly.

Freshman driver Ajani Dorner scored 237.95 in the one-meter dive, good for sixth place while junior diver Will Canny scored 235.80 to finish seventh. 

“I’m very proud of our team’s effort and attitude this past weekend,” Schrum said. “These teams have been a lot of fun to coach the first two months of the season, and their that’d training us showing with fast in-season swimming. 

The women’s team went up against four other opponents at Navy and also performed well going 3-1. They beat Miami 167-126, Johns Hopkins 168-125, George Washington 164-135, however, lost to Navy 218-81. 

In the 200-yard medley relay senior freestyle Meghan Jones, Schoening, senior fly Maddi Mangum, and senior freestyle Annemarie Schnoor finished second. 

Schoening had another strong meet as she placed first in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:03.36. Schoening also placed second in the 200-yard breaststroke. Cowan finished seventh in the 200-yard butterfly and Schnoor placed second in the 100-yard freestyle DiGaetano scored 213.5 in the 1m dive finishing fourth while junior Fiona McIlmail finished fifth. 

Both team’s next event is their home opener against William and Mary on Saturday, Oct. 26. The diving begins at 10 a.m. while the swimming begins at 1 p.m. at Burdick Hall.

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