Aquahawks Make Shambles of Natatorium Records Book


WILMINGTON, North Carolina – On a fast and furious opening day of the Colonial Athletic Association group meet that saw a total of nine pool records disappear, UNCW was responsible for six of those new records on Saturday at the Seahawk Natatorium.

In the double-meet action, the Seahawk men lead both William & Mary (192-34) and Delaware (187-51) while the women hold the leads over W&M (146-88) and Delaware (168- 72), but trailing defending CAA champion James Madison, 124-116.

A total of six group records were broken during the afternoon session, with UNCW owning three of the new standards.

The Seahawk relay from Will barker, Gianmichel D’Alexandre, Henderson Louviere and E’Likai Crompton-english clocked a time of 1: 29.29 in the 200 medley relay to open the afternoon session. D’Alessandro later broke the pool record in the 100 breaststroke with a mark of 55.33 seconds. Barker completed the record pool performance in the afternoon session when he clocked a time of 48.72 winning the 100 backstroke.

In diving action, freshman Ethan Graff won the 1 meter with 267.15 points and Caleb brantley, a sophomore, completed a sweep winning the 3-meter dive (237.90). On the women’s side, first year McNall Trinity recorded two fourth places on both tables. Tatum Church, another freshman from UNCW, took third place on the 1-meter plateau. Courtney klausen delivered UNCW’s best finish on the boards, taking second in the 3m.

In the morning session, three UNCW records fell in the 1650 freestyle and a fourth in the men’s 400 medley relay. First-year student Sam o’brien clocked a winning time of 15: 32.60, eclipsing both program and pool records. Luke Murphy previously held the program record with a time of 15: 34.62. established in 2009, and American’s Fred Hvidd set the pool’s previous mark of 15: 34.05 in the 1993 CAA Championships.

As for the women of the evening, Brooke Knisely won the event with a pool record time of 16: 50.62, almost 40 seconds ahead of the peloton. That time pushed Old Dominion’s Yesim Girsemsulu (16: 59.70) out of first place at the Seahawk Natatorium.

The 400 Medley relay of the UNCW of Barker, D’Alessandro, Louviere and Kenneth lowe. The relay combined to post a pool record and a winning time of 3: 17.26.

The UNCW men’s team won all 11 swimming events.

Competition continues on Sunday with a 10 a.m. start at the Seahawk Natatorium.


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