Towson Swimming wins 9th dual meet

MEN

For the first time since the 2003-04 season, the Towson University men’s swimming team has won nine dual meets in a season, following a 183-115 victory over George Mason at Burdick Pool on Saturdayafternoon.

“The talent level is a whole lot higher now,” Towson Head Coach Pat Mead said. “We didn’t have the momentum and drive and competitiveness (in prior seasons) that we have now. They are now believing that they can win.”

Sophomore Matt McKenney won the 100-yard butterfly event in 50.43 and the 200-yard butterfly in 1:51.93. He was also on a pair of relay teams that both placed second.

Matt Lowe, Sawyer Martin and Ryan Paisley were also very good in the win for the Tigers (9-1, 1-1 CAA).

Lowe won the 500 and 1,000-yard freestyle events, while Martin won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:42.96 and Paisley the 100-yard freestyle in 47.81.

On the diving boards, Alex Cohen smashed Burdick Pool and school records on both the one and three-meter dives. Cohen, who already held both records entering Saturday, scored 308.85 points in the one-meter and 339.83 points in the three-meter event, winning each.

WOMEN

The Towson University women’s swimming and diving team remained undefeated this season following a 235-65 victory over George Mason on Saturday afternoon at Burdick Pool.

“We had some women who swam really tough today,” Towson Head Coach Pat Mead said. “Our divers did a phenomenal job. We will fine-tune things and have fun doing the work.”

The Tigers (11-0, 2-0 CAA) have now won 11 dual meets in a season for the fifth time in the last seven seasons, all under Mead.

Towson senior Kaitlin Burke won two events for the Tigers, the 200 and 500-yard freestyle events, while also swimming a leg on two winning Tiger relay teams.

Jenna Van Camp won the 100 and 200-yard freestyle events, Melanie Rowland won the 200-yard butterfly,Charlotte Holz won the 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard individual medley and Amanda Barber won the 50 and 100-yard freestyle events for the Tigers.

Cassie Sorna was also outstanding in the 1,000-yard freestyle, timing 9:59.79 to win the event.

On the diving boards, Natalee Szopo won both events, qualifying for the NCAA zone regionals with 295.58 points on the three-meter board and 277.43 points on the one-meter board.

The Tigers next host Delaware on January 25 in the team’s final home meet of the season beginning at 1 p.m.

This release is was provided to SwimSwam courtesy of Towson Swimming and Diving.

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Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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