James Madison’s Depth Propels Them to CAA Lead Despite Relay DQ


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A tight meet between three-time defending champions James Madison and an upstart William & Mary continued tonight. JMU had a huge morning push, getting 12 swims into A-finals tonight to W&M’s nine, but the opening relay saw the Tribe win while JMU and Drexel were both disqualified.

The Tribe clocked a 1:40.58 to take the 200 medley, as 50 free runner-up Missy Cundiff unloaded a 21.93 anchor leg to get them to the wall. With their DQs, JMU and Drexel missed out on over 20 points each.

In the 100 fly, JMU fired back with Madison Cottrell snagging the CAA title with a 53.91. Her 53.99 in prelims was her first time under 55, and it’s a big swim for the freshman to lead a JMU 1-4 finish with defending champion Morgan Whaley (54.79).

The top three women dropped over a second each to reach the 200 free podium, led by Delaware’s Mira Selling (1:47.29). Selling was the runner-up last year. W&M picked up big points with a 2-3 finish, as Katie Stevenson went 1:48.90 ahead of Elizabeth Intihar (1:49.43). Intihar, who won the 500 free last night, has now broken 4:50 and 1:50 in the freestyles for the first time this week.

After finishing runner-up last year, Delaware’s Audrey Duvall claimed her second win of the meet with a 4:18.98 in the 400 IM. She whacked her old best of 4:21.00, which was done in the final of this race in 2020.

W&M went big in the final two individual events of the night, as Annie Tuttle took the 100 breast (1:01.70). In the 100 back, Anna Kenna dropped over a second to win in 54.77, picking up points against her seed as JMU had held the top three spots after prelims. Cottrell, swimming a double after the 100 fly, was able to hold on for second for JMU (54.99).

Despite the Tribe’s push, and the DQ, James Madison held a lead of just over 100 points going into the 800 free relay thanks to their impressive depth.

In the 800 free relay, though, James Madison again DQ’d their relay. William & Mary, again, easily won, hitting a 7:20.93 and getting a 1:48.90 split from Intihar. Delaware was second in 7:25.44, as Selling anchored in 1:48.54. Drexel, meanwhile, did not enter an 800 free relay, so they will not pick up any relay points either.

After further review, though, another twist: JMU’s relay DQ was rescinded, and their 7:23.87 was good for second place.

James Madison’s lead is now over 100 with the reinstated relay, with one day left of the meet. Meanwhile, Towson and Delaware sit neck-and-neck for third, not too far behind W&M.


  1. James Madison 580
  2. William & Mary 472
  3. Towson 411
  4. Delaware 407
  5. UNC-Wilmington 257
  6. Drexel 100

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7 months ago

Their lead is due to 175 points from diving, not their swimming depth. Quite an advantage when William and Mary doesn’t have a diving team.

Reply to  Lifelongswimmer
7 months ago

They chose not to have diving… the name of the game is swimming AND diving

Reply to  Swimhawk
7 months ago

They don’t having diving at their facility. It isn’t like they chose not to bring divers. They don’t have that option based on their pool.

Reply to  Brian
7 months ago

Not JMU’s fault. 2 Relays DQ’s and their still up! You gonna blame the last 3 championships on that too?

Reply to  Brian
7 months ago

Not the same conference, but Nebraksa doesn’t have a platform: yet they had a diver compete at the NCAAs, there are always options.

Reply to  Lifelongswimmer
7 months ago

that “advantage” is compensated for by requiring any team with divers to bring LESS swimmers to the meet. w&m therefore had MORE swimmers in the meet than any other team.

3 divers = 1 swimmer.(divers have 2 chances to score. Swimmers have 3 chances to score)

w&m had 3 more swimmers than jmu.

7 months ago

Could you enter swimmers in diving events, even if they don’t know what they’re doing to capture points?

Reply to  Flyingstingray
7 months ago

You can enter them, but if a diver fails two dives, they’re disqualified and score zero points.

So they’d have to be able to compete at some fundamental level the minimum number of dives to score points. They don’t have to be good, they just can’t be “failed dives,” which has a specific set of definitions.

Reply to  Braden Keith
7 months ago

That’s right, and fairly easy to get 6 dives for the 1M. My son did that for his HS team. It requires a bit more to get the full 10 dives, but still very doable with some practice.
Forget about it for 3M and 10M, you have to be a real diver for those.

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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