Towson and UNC-Wilmington Vault Ahead of Field at CAA Men’s Champs Day One

2021 CAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • POSTPONED TO: Monday, March 29 – Friday, April 2, 2021
    • Diving Friday, March 26 – Saturday, March 27, 2021
  • Swimming: Christiansburg Aquatic Center, Christiansburg, VA (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Diving: Rawstrom Natatorium, – Newark, DE (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Defending Champion: William & Mary men (6x) & James Madison women (3x) (results)
  • Live results (also on Meet Mobile – ‘2021 Colonial Conference Championships’)
  • Live Video
  • Championship Central

There’s no time for breaks at the 2021 Colonial Athletic Association Championships, with the men’s three-day swim meet starting today after the women’s meet finished some 24 hours ago.

Though it’s early (but not that early in a three-day meet), six-time defending champions William & Mary find themselves in a hole, sitting fourth out of five teams. Instead, it’s Towson and UNC-Wilmington who have charged to the lead after day one.

Towson kicked things off with a 200 free relay victory by over a full second, going 1:19.46 ahead of UNC-Wilmington’s 1:20.57 and William & Mary’s 1:21.36. Towson got a 19.63 second leg from Cody Stewart and a 19.50 anchor from Ryan Baldino as the Tigers were the only team under 1:20. Both of W&M’s 18-point splits from last year have graduated as part of a huge senior class departing; they won this relay by almost two seconds in 2020.

UNC-Wilmington took two of three individual events tonight. I’Likai Crompton-English broke 20 seconds in prelims and finals of the 50 free, landing at a 19.89 to claim the title tonight. A sophomore transfer from the University of Indianapolis, a D-II standout program, today was his first time breaking 20 seconds.

The Seahawks’ other win came from Henderson Louviere in the 200 IM, the sophomore clocking a lifetime best 1:47.02 to just get by Towson freshman Brian Benzing (1:47.07) and Drexel freshman Kacper Karnik (1:47.29).

Delaware’s Bryce Ciecko claimed the 500 free, a great swim for the Blue Hen senior at 4:27.82 to exactly match his prelims time. Ciecko didn’t race at this meet in 2020, but he touched sixth in this race in 2019. Tonight’s time (and this morning’s) were lifetime bests by over a second.

Towson claimed the 400 medley relay, going 3:11.85 to finish off day one with a slim lead over the Seahawks. Evan Bota was 48.32 leading them off, with Benzing splitting 52.38 on the breast and Nick McClure 47.79 on the fly. Michael Fazio was 43.36 on the end, pulling them to the wall first.

UNC-Wilmington went 3:12.99 for second, getting a big 52.51 breast leg from Gianmichel D’Alessandro, a 47.48 fly leg from Louviere and a 44.33 anchor from Crompton-English. Will Goldey, meanwhile, led off in 48.67.

TEAM SCORES – Day One

  1. Towson 276.5
  2. UNC-Wilmington 266
  3. Drexel 190
  4. William & Mary 131.5
  5. Delaware 119

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Swim85
2 months ago

Don’t think UNCW can hang on with 11 swimmers.

Seahawk Alumni
Reply to  Swim85
2 months ago

The fact that they’re very much in the mix and have a legitimate shot at a title with 11 guys in Bobby’s first year is an accomplishment in itself, very impressive!
UNCW alumni are behind you guys, keep it up!!!

monsterbasher
2 months ago

Looks like the end of the W&M streak. 🙁 Guess its rebuilding time.

Swimfan
Reply to  monsterbasher
2 months ago

Fact that they won so much without scholarships shows how good of a coach Crispino is.

Rich
2 months ago

The Live Results link takes me to Blue Ridge Region – SW District Champs 9 & Over.

KoiFish
Reply to  Rich
2 months ago

Same here, and it did that for the women’s meet too.

CAA supporter
Reply to  Rich
2 months ago

Hey SwimSwam can you put some respect on the CAA’s name and get a working link for this conference championship? As stated below this was the same issue for the women’s meet.

Admin
Reply to  CAA supporter
2 months ago

You’re going to have to talk to the CAA about putting respect on it’s own name – that was the link they provided.

CAA supporter
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 months ago

I would assume that the top swim website in the country would be capable of talking to the CAA and getting the accurate link. But I suppose too big of an ask?

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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