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100 Back Titles Belong To The Monarchs In Day Three Of The CAA Swimming And Diving Championships

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: February 29, 2008
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Feb. 29, 2008

FAIRFAX, Va. -- It was the Monarchs' and Lady Monarchs' day in the 100 back in the third day of competition at the 2008 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Swimming and Diving Championships Friday evening as standouts April Barrientos placed second and senior Patrik Balint captured the 100 back titles. Balint rest the Old Dominion record once again with his performance.

The men's squad moved up to second place behind defending champions, UNC-Wilmington. The Seahawks remain in first with 464 points, followed by the Monarchs at the number two spot with 397. George Mason sits in third with 347 points.

On the women's side, the Lady Monarchs remain in ninth having accumulated 164 points. Towson took over the top spot with 485.5 points.

Patrik Balint captured the 100 back taking the first place time in 49.59, the only competitor under 50 seconds. Balint's time set a new Old Dominion record, reseting his previous time of 50.20 set in 2006. Freshman Mikeael Ramkvist followed in third logging a time of 51.06.

Rookie Wesley Murai led a trio of Monarchs in the 100 fly. Murai finished in fourth (50.66) and fellow classmate Jon Dee placed sixth (50.83) in the championship heat. Freshman Vincent Pastore took 16th in the consolation final with a time of 52.26.

Another fourth place finish went to junior Johan Lundberg in the 100 breast. Lundberg took home a time of 56.67, just short of the Old Dominion record of 56.56 in the event. Freshman Josh Kinas meanwhile placed seventh (58.16) and Richard Hagy, swimming in the consolation final, took 10th (58.33).

Ramkvist, who swam to a third place finish in the 100 back, with his time of 1:41.76 brought home fifth in the 200 free finals. Hagg placed in the consolation final in 11th (1:43.11).

In other Monarch finishes, sophomore Kevin Latimer and junior Dan Gallagher finished back-to-back in fourth and fifth place respectively. Latimer hit the wall in 4:02.74 followed by Gallagher clocking in at 4:04.73. Additionally the 200 free relay squad of Pastore, Lundberg, Chad Gangwer, and Murai placed sixth (1:24.48).

Freshman standout and ODU record holder April Barrientos led the women on day three of competition with her second place finish in the 100 back as she hit the wall in a time of 57.18.

Freshman Kelley Sayers and junior Jennifer Sargent finished back-to-back in the 100 breast. Sayers edged out her teammate for sixth with her time of 1:05.70, while Sargent placed seventh with a time of 1:05.97.

Sophomore Christi Gianni and freshman Larsson both placed for the Lady Monarchs in the 400 IM. Giannni clocked in in 10th place with a time of 4:33.33, while Larsson took 15th with her time of 4:38.20.

Other Lady Monarchs results included Elizaveta Moisseva with a 14th place time of 1:54.39 in the 200 free, junior diver Jasmine Moore placing 15th in the 1 meter scoring a 191.65, and the 200 free relay team taking eight. The relay team comprised of Mossieva, Hannah Kess, Sargent, and Kelli North came in a time of 1:38.16.

Action at the 2008 CAA Swimming and Diving Championships at George Mason concludes Saturday with the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 400 free relay as well the men's 3 meter diving finals to wrap up competition. Check out live results by clicking here.

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