Towson rolls past William & Mary, Georgetown in home opener

The Towson Tiger men and women took charge in their home openers, beating CAA rivals William & Mary along with Georgetown in a pair of triangulars.

The defending Colonial Athletic Association champs on the women’s side, Towson won 11 of 16 women’s events, including the last 6 individual races in a row, to power to a 167-127 win over William & Mary and beat Georgetown 231-69.

That was courtesy of three individual wins from junior Charlotte Holz. Holz crushed the field early to win the 200 free (1:51.46). She came back in the 200 back, racing William & Mary’s 100 back champ Sophie Rittenhouse. Holz came out on top in that one, getting her second win with a 2:04.35. Finally, the Tiger junior closed her night with a 2:06.40 win in the 200 IM.

William & Mary actually started out an upset bid on a high note, knocking off Towson’s medley relay by just .03 to open the meet. But Towson was dominant individually, sweeping the breaststrokes, butterflys and every free race from 200 yards up.

Sophomore Macey Arnold swept the distance races, going 10:21.71 and 5:00.98 in the 1000 and 500 frees, respectively. Meanwhile Jenna Van Camp took both breaststroke wins in 1:04.31 and 2:19.03. Victoria Oslund won both butterfly races, putting up times of 56.77 and 2:03.80, and she almost won the 200 IM too, taking second behind teammate Holz.

The men’s meet was much closer. Towson and William & Mary each won 7 events, with Georgetown’s Jared Cooper-Vespa winning both diving contests.

William & Mary’s Jeremiah O’Donnell was the big point-scorer, winning the 200 breast (2:03.73) and 200 IM (1:54.09) while taking second in the 200 free. The Tribe also got double wins from Billy Russell (50 free in 20.85 and 100 free in 46.06) and Will Manion (100 back in 49.47 and 200 back in 1:50.03).

But Towson’s depth was too much. The Tigers saw junior Matt McKenney win twice, sweeping the butterfly races in 49.77 and 1:51.81. Towson also won all three distance races and capped off their wins with a victory in the 400 free relay.

That led to a narrow 150-134 Towson win over William & Mary, plus a 221-75 victory over Georgetown.

William & Mary beat Georgetown on both sides, with the women taking the meet 208-80 and the men winning 219-69.

Full results available here.

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