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Men Finish Second, Women Eighth At CAA Swimming And Diving Championships

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: March 01, 2008
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March 1, 2008

FAIRFAX, Va. -- The Old Dominion men's swimming and diving team finished second, while the women claimed eighth place in the fourth and final day of competition at the 2008 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championships.

UNC-Wilmington, the defending champions, repeated as conference champs with a total of 702. The Monarchs placed second totaling 586 points, while Delaware finished in third with 505 points,

The Lady Monarchs meanwhile moved out of ninth on the fourth and final day of competition to finish eighth. Towson captured the CAA title with a commanding point total of 753.5.

Senior Patrik Balint, who Friday captured the 100 back title with a new ODU record, swam his way to another first place finish and another ODU record. Balint took home the 200 back time by clocking in at 1:46.15, resetting his previous top time of 1:48.27 recorded in 2006. The time was also an NCAA "B" cut. Teammate Mikeal Ramkvist took second with a time of 1:48.98, while Brett Austin finished in 15th (1:58.95).

The Monarchs' 400 free relay squad of Wesley Murai, Ramkvist, Chad Gangwer, and Balint finished in second registering a time of 3:03.27.

Junior Johan Lundberg gave the Monarchs a third place time in the 200 breast. Lundberg took home a time of 2:05.08, while Richard Hagy placed seventh with his time of 2:06.98. Joshua Kinas swam to a 12th place finish in the consolation finals. Kinas logged a time of 2:08.90

The Monarchs also captured a third place finish in the 200 fly. Sophomore Kevin Latimer hit the wall with a time of 1:51.82. Dan Gallagher recorded a seventh place time in the event with 1:54.47 on the clock.

Junior Dan Gallagher placed fifth in the 1650 free by hitting the wall in a time of 16:08.71, while freshman Chris Plummer contribued to the afternoon's point total in his 12th place performance with a time of 16:27.76

In other men's results, the 100 free saw freshman Wesley Murai take 10th (46.31) and Chad Gangwer place 16th (47.67).

In 3 meter diving action, senior Noah Scully dove his way to third place. The senior Monarchs totaled 302.80 points.

Junior Jennifer Sargent captured the Lady Monarchs top finish of the day. Sargent placed sixth in the 200 breast with a time of 2:22.53. Freshman Kelley Sayers also placed in the event. Sayers finished 11th in the consolation finals with a time of 2:23.21.

In the 1650 free, three Lady Monarchs were point totalers. Sophomore Kelli North was the top finisher for the team, coming in 10th (17:21.29) and closely followed by junior Kendra Hogg in 11th (17:21.44). Freshman Caroline Larsson took home 13th (17:34.05).

In other women's swimming results, Elizaveta Mossieva, in the 100 free, finished in 15th in a time of 53.21. while sophomore Christi Gianni swam to a 14th place finish in the 200 fly logging a time of 2:09.13. The 400 free relay team of North, Saragent, Hannah Kess, and Mossieva finished in eight clocking a time of 3:33.92.

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