March 2, 2013
NORFOLK, Va. - In the final day of the 2013 CAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Fairfax, Va, Old Dominion won five medals, posted four NCAA B-cuts and set three school records. Throughout the past four days, ODU broke 14 total school records, won 12 medals and posted 11 NCAA B-cuts.
Old Dominion University's Sidni Hoxha won the Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet award for the 2013 Men's CAA Championships. Over the course of this tournament, Hoxha won the 50 and 200 free races, placed second in the 400 free relay and third in the 800 free relay. Hoxha set two school records (50 and 200 free) and posted one NCAA B-cut time (200 free).
In the 200 back on Saturday morning, three-time finalist Kimberley Rashleigh set the school and conference record with a time of 1:57.30. Those records would not last long, as Rashleigh swam a 1:56.46 on her way to victory in the 200 back finals on Saturday night and broke her own school and conference records. Rashleigh's time also places her on the NCAA B-cut list.
Reed Mathews had a magical race in the 200 fly, as he placed second with a time of 1:47.11. Mathews's time was four seconds faster than his previous PR. Mathews set a new school record and is now on the NCAA B-cut list. Francisco Byrne placed fifth with a time of 1:49.53; while Jason Brame finished in 14th with a time of 1:51.26.
Bernardo Figueiredo took the silver medal in the 1650 free. Figueiredo's time of 15:27.18, not only was enough for a second place finish but also NCAA consideration. Hector Tricas Vidas placed eighth in the 1650 with a time of 15:48.85.
Old Dominion's 400 free relay team (Sidni Hoxha, Vitor Sa, Andrew Crockett and Ben Hansen) set a new school record (2:57.55) and earned themselves silver medals.
Jessica Hubert (2:00.03) capped off her final conference championship with a bronze medal in the 200 fly. In the preliminaries, Hubert swam a 1:59.26, which places her on the NCAA B-cut list. Danielle Naylor (2:04.31) placed 12th overall and fourth in the consolation finals of the 200 fly. Ashley Luchsinger (2:04.95) placed 14th overall and sixth in the consolation finals.
Vitor Sa set his PR (44.91) and jumped-up from sixth in the preliminaries to fourth in the finals in the 100 free. Sidni Hoxha unofficially touched the wall in 43.56 for the 100 free finals, but was later disqualified for a false start. Hoxha's time would have received NCAA consideration, won him a gold medal and set new school and conference records.
In the women's 1650 free, Yesim Giresunlu (16:47.88) placed fifth; Danielle Naylor (16:57.85) placed tenth and Abby Vance (17:03.74) placed fourteenth.
The Lady Monarch 400 free relay team consisting of Kimberley Rashleigh, Savannah Bowers, Ashley Luchsinger and Morgan Johnson placed ninth with a time of 3:30.19. During the relay, Rashleigh swam her 100 free first in 51.09, which set a new school record.
Jason Haigh swam a 2:01.31 and finished ninth overall in the 200 breast. Edward Hubert finished in 2:06.41 and placed 15th.
Ryan Telep placed sixteenth overall in the 200 back finals. On Saturday morning, Telep swam a 1:50.37, which was three seconds faster than his previous best.
Old Dominion Times/Scores from Saturday Morning at the 2013 CAA Championships:
Men's 200 Breast
13. Jobin Bahmanipour (2:04.00)
Women's 1650 Free
26. Giovanna Bodner (17:50.01)
Men's 3-Meter Diving
9. Mitchell Ortiz (238.20)
10. Danny Rabe (235.55)
11. Eric Skorupa (222.15)
Women's 200 Back
27. Christine Canty (2:09.24)
29. Chelsea Martin (2:10.67)
Men's 200 Back
23. Daniel Chalfant (1:54.11)
Women's 100 Free
26. Morgan Johnson (52.59)
27. Savannah Bowers (52.80)
33. Juliana dos Santos (53.25)
36. Mackenzie Payment (53.75)
39. Morgan Stickle (58,04)
Men's 100 Free
18. Ben Hansen (46.09)
24. Ben Leach (46.40)
25. Carter Watson (46.67)
Women's 200 Breast
17. Laura Cempel (2:22.91)
28. Emily Stevenson (2:31.22)
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