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Seahawks Sweep CAA Titles for Second-Straight 12 months (Day 4 Recap)


  • Wednesday, February 28 – Saturday, March 2, 2024
  • Hampton Aquaplex, Hampton, VA
  • Defending Champions:
    • Ladies: UNCW (1x)
    • Males: UNCW (2x)
  • Groups: Campbell (W), Delaware, Drexel, Monmouth, Northeastern (W), Stony Brook (W), Towson, UNCW, William & Mary
  • Championship Central
  • Psych Sheets
  • Dwell Outcomes

The 2024 CAA Championships closed out this weekend, and for the second 12 months in a row, the UNCW Seahawks received each the lads’s and the ladies’s staff championships. Each Seahawks groups held leads heading into closing day, and whereas the lads cruised to their third-straight title, the ladies’s race nearly got here all the way down to the ultimate relay.

Ladies’s Recap

Brooke Knisely acquired the Seahawks going early with a 16:30.29 win within the 1650, as UNCW claimed three of the highest 4 spots within the occasion.

That may be UNCW’s solely win of the day, however they continued to pile on the factors with a ton depth. The decisive occasion was arguably the 200 breast, the place UNCW put 4 girls into the A-final and constructed up a 200+ level lead that Delaware, the last word runner-ups, would by no means have the ability to overcome.

The Blue Hens did their finest, although, as they received the ultimate three swimming occasions of the meet. Within the 200 breast, Mania Tasakou was trailing by 0.08s on the midway level, however opened up a lead over 100 breast champ Ellie Scherer of W&M with a 33.55 third leg, and held on to win in 2:12.43. Subsequent, Victoria Novinskiy led from starting to finish within the 200 fly, profitable with a 1:59.11 as the one lady get beneath two minutes within the occasion.

Northeastern’s Kiki Murphy received the 1m diving occasion with a rating of 285.30, however Delaware’s 4 championship finalists helped Delaware bridge the hole between them and UNCW. Nevertheless, the Blue Hens nonetheless ended the diving competitors 65 factors behind the Seahawks, and with the ultimate relay value 64 factors, even a Delaware victory and a Seahawk DQ would’ve given UNCW the win by a single level.

However regardless that it couldn’t have an effect on the result on the high of the staff standings, the 400 free nonetheless become an extremely shut and aggressive race.

Drexel’s Chelsea Gravereaux, who received the person 100 free with  time of 48.52, simply lacking the CAA report, led off the relay with a 49.32 to hit the wall first. UNCW then took the lead after Cameron Snowden break up 49.66 on the second leg with the quickest non-leadoff break up within the area.

Delaware took management on the again half, the place a 50.58 from Olivia Willemsen and a 50.08 from Anthi Lyra put the Blue Hens within the lead, they usually received in 3:21.94. William & Mary acquired 4 splits between 50.0 and 50.6 to take 2nd in 3:22.04, adopted by UNCW at 3:22.12, as the highest three groups all touched inside 0.18s of one another.

Ultimate Scores & Awards

  1. UNCW – 1409
  2. Delaware – 1354
  3. William & Mary – 1107
  4. Northeastern – 1067
  5. Towson – 1024
  6. Drexel – 604
  7. Campbell – 527.5
  8. Stony Brook – 308
  9. Monmouth – 290.5

Most Excellent Ladies’s Swimmer of the Meet: Chelsea Gravereaux, Drexel
Most Excellent Ladies’s Diver of the Meet: Kiki Murphy, Northeastern
CAA Ladies’s Swimming Coach of the 12 months: Bobby Guntoro, UNCW
CAA Ladies’s Diving Coach of the 12 months: Lauren Colby, Northeastern

Males’s Recap

It was a reasonably related story on the lads’s facet, the place the Seahawks solely received two occasions on the ultimate day, however had sufficient scorers that the last word final result was by no means actually unsure.

Similar to the ladies, the Seahawks began sturdy early by profitable the 1650. Silas Crosby received with a 7.49s margin of victory over teammate Logan Adler, 15:23.43 to fifteen:30.82.

UNCW solely acquired another win on the night time, and that got here within the closing occasion of the meet, the 400 free relay.

Mac Russell led off in 43.83, Jacob Duracinsky had the quickest break up of the night time with a 42.73 second leg, Robert Tars break up 43.68, and Kenneth Lowe anchored in 43.41 because the Seahawks stopped the clock in 2:53.65. The reside outcomes point out that UNCW broke the meet report with that point, however that appears to be inaccurate, as Delaware received final 12 months in 2:52.73.

UNCW dominated the CAA for over a decade, profitable the lads’s title yearly from 2002 to 2014 beneath head coach Dave Allen. After Allen’s retirement, William & Mary ripped off six-straight titles earlier than the staff was to be lower after which reinstated throughout the 2020-2021 season. Alumnus Bobby Guntoro took over UNCW in 2020, and now the Seahawk males have received three straight championship (with Towson profitable in 2021 beneath Jake Schrum, now at UVA).

In between the Seahawk wins, Delaware and Drexel every earned two victories. Delaware went 1-2 within the 200 again, the place Kaloy Levterov received in 1:41.90 and broke the CAA report of 1:42.33, set by teammate Gavin Currie final 12 months. Currie was swimming proper subsequent to Levterov and practically matched his time from final 12 months, swimming a 1:42.39 for 2nd. Teammate Toni Sabev received the 100 breast in 1:55.92.

Drexel’s Sebastian Smith received his second particular person title of the meet with a 43.08 win within the 100 free. Smith had received the 50 free earlier within the week. Teammate Kuba Kwasny accomplished the butterfly sweep with 1:43.77 win within the 200 fly.

Ultimate Scores & Awards

  1. UCNW – 845.5
  2. Delaware – 721
  3. Towson – 490
  4. Drexel – 448
  5. William & Mary – 362.5
  6. Monmouth – 197

Most Excellent Males’s Swimmer of the Meet: Brian Benzing, Towson
Most Excellent Males’s Diver of the Meet: Ethan Badrian, UNCW
CAA Males’s Swimming Coach of the 12 months: Bobby Guntoro, UNCW
CAA Males’s Diving Coach of the 12 months: Gavrilo Blijden, UNCW

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