Seahawk men extend lead, women advance to the top

CHRISTIANSBURG, Virginia. – The UNCW men extended their lead and the Seahawk women moved within four points of the lead after another impressive streak of event championships and school records at the Colonial Athletic Swimming and Diving Championships Fellowship Thursday.

On the men’s side, the Seahawks have won three events and edge Drexel by 108 points. The women, meanwhile, picked up victories in the 500 freestyle and 3-metre events to close William & Mary’s lead.

Brooke Knisely, a sophomore, opened the final session with a school record and an NCAA B cut time of 4:44.66 to win the 500 freestyle. She became the Seahawk to win the event since 1995.

First-year student Sam O’Brien gave UNCW a sweep of the event when he clocked a school record time of 4:23.83.

Senior Henderson Louviere, who won the 200 IM last season, added a gold medal in the event to his 2022 championship resume, which also includes gold medals in the 200m medley and 800 freestyle relays. He broke his own school record at the event when he hit the wall in a time of 1:46.24, which is also an NCAA B cut time.

UNCW diving won its second event in as many tries when junior Courtney Klausen scored a season-high 302.10 points to win gold in the 3-metre dive. Klausen has won the 1 meter twice in his career, but this was his first 3 meter title.

The Seahawk men closed out the session on a high, winning the 400m medley relay in a record time of 3:11.17. On the winning relay were will bark, Gianmichel D’AlessandroLouviere and Kenneth Lowe. UNCW last won the event in 2013.

The third day of competition begins at 10 a.m. Friday with the 100 butterfly, 400 individual medley, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and backstroke preliminaries, men’s 3-metre springboard and 200 freestyle relay finals. The finals will start at 6 p.m.

TEAM POINTS:

WOMEN: William & Mary 249, UNCW 245Towson 180, Drexel 178, Delaware 159, Northeast 153

MEN: UNCW 326Drexel 218, Towson 217, Delaware 208, William & Mary 100



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