William & Mary vs. Old Dominion
- Hosted by ODU
- Saturday, January 13th
- 25 Yards
- Dual Meet Format
The William & Mary Tribe men and women both defeated their former conference rivals, the Old Dominion Monarchs, at ODU’s pool on Saturday.
The W&M men won 11 of the 14 swimming events, including a trio of doubles by Ian Thompson (50/100 free), Ben Skopic (200 free, 200 IM) and Carter Kale (200 fly, 500 free).
It was a very similar story on the women’s side, with the point totals only one off from the men’s. The Tribe again took 11 of the 14 swimming events after losing both diving events. Leading the Tribe with two victories each were Morgan Smith (1000 free, 200 IM) and Katie Sell (100 back, 100 free).
With just over a month left in the season, the Tribe will be looking for their fourth-straight Colonial Athletic Association championship for their men’s team, and the third-straight for their women’s team. The SwimSwam Swimulator rankings currently project both the Tribe men and women to win those conference championships, based on season-best times.
Old Dominion Release
NORFOLK, Va. – Ashley Brem and Nick Wukovits each won two events to lead Old Dominion University swimming and diving against William and Mary on Saturday afternoon, but the Tribe defeated the women, 183-111, while the men lost 184-110.
Ethan Apisa picked up ODU’s first win of the day with an ODU pool record time of 9:26.58.
Brem picked up her first win of the day with a time of 1:04.37 in the 100 breaststroke and was followed by Nick Wukovits winning the men’s 100 breaststroke in 55.70.
AJ Caruso won the women’s 3-meter dive with a score of 202.80, while Cory Moreno won the men’s 3-meter dive with a score of 276.00.
Jacklyn VandePoel won the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:04.13.
Brem and Wukovits won the 200 breaststroke, as Brem won with a time of 2:22.97, while Wukovits won with a time of 2:01.36, eight seconds ahead of second place.
ODU honored 13 seniors prior to the meet, including Leigh-Ann Clark, Kylie Cuomo, Mary Escobar, Hannah Kristan, Elena Oujikanova, Chandler Shirer, Sofie Sjoberg, Ashley Teller, Lucas Cortini, Brant Knoblauch, Anton Mikaelsson, Cory Moreno and Donovan Pope.
William & Mary Men’s Release
The William & Mary men’s swimming team tied the all-time record for most consecutive road wins with a 184-110 victory at Old Dominion on Saturday. The win, W&M’s seventh in a row on the road, improved the Tribe to 9-1 overall, while the Monarchs fell to 1-4 on the season.
W&M started the meet down 32 points due to diving held earlier in the day, and though it took until the seventh event to take the lead, the Tribe’s momentum was as irresistible as the tides with 11 wins in the 14 swimming events. That included a sweep of the two relays, starting with the 200 medley relay where Colin Demers (Virginia Beach, Va.) staked the Tribe to a wire-to-wire win in 1:32.18 alongside teammates Devin McNulty (Herndon, Va.), Jack Doherty (Middletown, Conn.), and Kyle Neri(Wallingford, Conn.). On the other end of the meet, Neri led-off the 400 free relay before handing off to Colin Wright (Williamsburg, Va.), Eric Grimes (Louisville, Ky.), and Ian Thompson (Alexandria, Va.) who brought the win home in 3:03.87.
In between the two relays, six men won nine events. Among the double-winners was Thompson, who took the 50 free by nearly a second in 20.69 and turned around immediately to win the 100 free in 45.69, finishing ahead of his teammate Neri in both events. Fellow sophomore Ben Skopic(Marriottsville, Md.) showed his impressive range with a win in the 200 IM in 1:41.37 and later the 200 IM in 1:53.08, and junior Carter Kale (Williamsburg, Va.) kept his perfect streak alive in the 500 free with a 4:36.75 win. Kale also won the 200 fly in 1:52.26. The three single winners included Doherty, who won the 100 fly in 49.99 seconds, as well as Demers in the 100 back (51 seconds flat) and freshman Jake Kealy (Wilton, Conn.), winning the 200 back in 1:51.64.
200 Medley Relay – W&M 1:32.18 (Colin Demers, Devin McNulty, Jack Doherty, Kyle Neri), ODU 1:33.77 (Anton Mikealsson, Peter Durisin, Filip Svedberg, Parker Harp)
1000 Free – Ethan Apisa (ODU) 9:26.58, Chris Balbo (W&M) 9:38.20
200 Free – Ben Skopic (W&M) 1:41.37, Colin Wright (W&M) 1:42.02
100 Back – Colin Demers (W&M) 51.00, Wyatt Grubb (W&M) 51.63
100 Breast – Nick Wukovits (ODU) 55.70, Devin McNulty (W&M) 57.08
200 Fly – Carter Kale (W&M) 1:52.26, Jack Doherty (W&M) 1:53.66
50 Free – Ian Thompson (W&M) 20.69, Kyle Neri (W&M) 21.60
1-Meter Diving – Corey Moreno (ODU) 264.38, Brant Knoblauch (ODU) 242.03
100 Free – Ian Thompson (W&M) 45.69, Kyle Neri (W&M) 46.68
200 Back – Jake Kealy (W&M) 1:51.64, Anton Mikealsson (ODU) 1:54.06
200 Breast – Nick Wukovits (ODU) 2:01.36, Devin McNulty (W&M) 2:09.42
500 Free – Carter Kale (W&M) 4:36.75, Eric Grimes (W&M) 4:39.98
100 Fly – Jack Doherty (W&M) 49.99, Colin Wright (W&M) 50.95
3-Meter Diving – Corey Moreno (ODU) 276.00, Brant Knoblauch (ODU) 225.98
200 IM – Ben Skopic (W&M) 1:53.08, Conrad Zamparello (W&M) 1:55.84
400 Free Relay – W&M 3:03.87 (Kyle Neri, Colin Wright, Eric Grimes, Ian Thompson), W&M 3:08.86 (Jack Doherty, Aristides Speres, Lee Bradley, Brien Collier)
W&M’s 9-1 record is the best since the 1998-99 team went 15-1 … It is just the fourth season of nine or more wins ever at W&M … This was the fourth win in a row over Old Dominion … The seven-game road winning streak matches three previous streaks as the longest ever … Thoss were from Jan. 13, 1969 to Dec. 5, 1970; from Oct. 31, 1998 to Jan. 18, 1999; and most recently from Oct. 11, 2014 to Oct. 31, 2015 … Ben Skopic now has 21 career victories … Jack Doherty both won his 10th career race, and surpassed 300 points in his career … Carter Kale also surpassed 300 career points in the meet.
William & Mary returns home next weekend, hosting Davidson at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Rec Center pool. In addition to being the regular season finale, it will also be Senior Day for the Tribe’s five graduating seniors who will be honored prior to the start of the meet.
W&M Women’s Release
The William & Mary women’s swimming team rolled on the road Saturday, downing Old Dominion 190-104 in the final road meet of the year. The Tribe won its sixth-straight away from home, and improved to 10-2 overall while the Lady Monarchs fell to 0-6 on the season.
Down 32 points at the start of the meet due to diving, the Tribe made that up with wins in the first three swimming events and never looked back, winning 11 of 14 swimming events total on the day. That included a 1-2 sweep of both relays, with Katie Sell (Fredericksburg, Va.), Jess Crowley (Acton, Mass.), Abby Mack (Wayne, Pa.), and Emma Herold (Kohler, Wisc.) combining for the win in the 200 medley relay at 1:45.94 to start the meet off. At the other end of things, Herold led-off the 400 free relay in 52.84 seconds and Sell brought it home in 51.99, while freshmen Megan Bull (Hillsborough, N.J.) and Tara Tiernan (West Hartford, Conn.) powered through the middle 200 and helped the team put up a total time of 3:30.98 for the win.
In the individual events, Sell won both of her races, out-touching ODU ace Jacklyn VandePoel in the 100 back in 57.63 seconds, and stopping the clock in 52.53 seconds to win the 100 free by nearly half a second. Fellow junior Morgan Smith (Verona, N.J.) also won both of her races, winning the 1,000 free in 10:23.59 and the 200 IM in 2:08.25.
Bull and Crowley each won one race, the freshman taking the 200 free in 1:53.56 while the senior Crowley swam 56.94 seconds, a lifetime-best by 0.4 seconds, to win the 100 fly. Senior Meghan Schilken (Pittsburgh, Pa.) picked up her first win of the year in the 50 free, out-touching her teammate Herold by .01. Junior Maria Oceguera (New Rochelle, N.Y.) had an easy 2:06.66 win in the 200 fly, and the Tribe’s final victory came courtesy of sophomore Julia Bland (Sea Girt, N.J.) in the 500 free, timing 5:08.44.
200 Medley Relay – W&M 1:45.94 (Katie Sell, Jess Crowley, Abby Mack, Emma Herold), W&M 1:47.38 (Emma Merrill, Annie Valls, Madeline High, Megan Bull)
1000 Free – Morgan Smith (W&M) 10:23.59, Norah Hunt (W&M) 10:31.62
200 Free – Megan Bull (W&M) 1:53.56, Tara Tiernan (W&M) 1:54.57
100 Back – Katie Sell (W&M) 57.63, Jacklyn VandePoel (ODU) 57.71
100 Breast – Ashley Brem (ODU) 1:04.37, Annie Valls (W&M) 1:06.35
200 Fly – Maria Oceguera (W&M) 2:06.66, Rachel Anderson (W&M) 2:07.49
50 Free – Meghan Schilken (W&M) 24.61, Emma Herold (W&M) 24.62
1-Meter Diving – AJ Caruso (ODU) 180.60, Amanda Whepley (ODU) 146.33
100 Free – Katie Sell (W&M) 52.53, Emma Herold (W&M) 53.00
200 Back – Jacklyn VandePoel (ODU) 2:04.13, Shannon Harrington (W&M) 2:06.26
200 Breast – Ashley Brem (ODU) 2:22.97, Megan Bull (W&M) 2:23.13
500 Free – Julia Bland (W&M) 5:08.44, Norah Hunt (W&M) 5:08.92
100 Fly – Jess Crowley (W&M) 56.94, Abby Mack (W&M) 57.38
3-Meter Diving – AJ Caruso (ODU) 202.80, Rachel Dinkel (ODU) 191.23
200 IM – Morgan Smith (W&M) 2:08.25, Shannon Harrington (W&M) 2:08.57
400 Free Relay – W&M 3:30.98 (Emma Herold, Megan Bull, Tara Tiernan, Katie Sell), W&M 3:35.55 (Meghan Schilken, Maria Oceguera, Jess Crowley, Abby Mack)
W&M’s 10-2 record is the most wins since the 2008-09 team finished at 10-2 … It is the eighth time that the Tribe has reached 10 wins … W&M’s six-straight wins away from home is the seventh streak of at least that length all-time, and the longest since winning 11 in a row on the road from Nov. 1, 2008 to Jan. 15, 2010 … Morgan Smith now has a team-best 13 victories … She also reached 25 career wins with her performance in the 200 IM, the best active mark for the Tribe … Katie Sell and Maria Oceguera both reached 20 career wins … Jess Crowley passed 500 career points … With Smith (13), Tara Tiernan (12), Sell (12), and Oceguera (10), the Tribe now has four women with 10+ wins for the first time since 2012-13 … Since 1990-91, the record for the most swimmers over 10 wins in a year is six, set back in 2006-07 … That record could be in jeopardy, as four more women have at least six wins including Annie Miller (Houston, Texas) with eight, and six apiece for Megan Bull, Shannon Harrington (Philadelphia, Pa.), and Crowley.
William & Mary returns home next weekend, hosting Davidson at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Rec Center pool. In addition to being the regular season finale, it will also be Senior Day for the Tribe’s nine seniors who will be honored prior to the start of the meet.