Burke leads TU in dual meet
Towson’s women’s team took home two wins over the William & Mary Tribe, 221-73 and Georgetown Hoyas, 247-53, on Saturday in Washington, D.C.
The men’s team also finished with a win over Georgetown, 205-79, and a 162-122 loss to William & Mary. Both teams were competing in their first Colonial Athletic Association meet.
“The women’s team is where I expected them to be and the guys are much improved from a year ago,” Head Coach Pat Mead said. “The disappointing thing was that the men had an opportunity to beat W&M but I don’t think our upperclassmen thought that we could win.”
Senior Kaitlin Burke highlighted the womens’ performance, winning three of her races en route to the victory and earning the CAA Swimmer of the Week honor. Burke won the 200-yard freestyle, 500-yard freestyle and the 1,000-yard freestyle all by over two seconds.
“She had a good meet but it wasn’t as fast as she wanted to go or I wanted her to go. When you have a great year like last year you set the bar high,” Mead said. “But to get recognized as [Swimmer of the Week] means that you accomplished something great.”
She also finished in first place in the 400-yard relay, along with senior Melanie Rowland, senior Kendall Towe and junior Amanda Barber.
Towe also won the 200-yard butterfly in 2:01:82 ahead of Rowland. Rounding out the top three in the event was junior Victoria Oslund.
The team’s underclassmen had another strong showing, led by sophomore Charlotte Holz and freshman Macey Arnold.
Holz won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:06:62 and 100-yard backstroke in 57.93, also finishing first in the 200-yard medley relay.
“Towe had a great meet and swam one of the fastest events of the whole meet. Holz had a few breakouts swims as well,” Mead said. “Those two girls really stood out in the coaches’ minds.”
The men’s team fared very well against the Georgetown, but fell short of another dual-meet sweep against William & Mary.
Junior Matt Lowe led the way for the Tigers, winning two events on his way receiving CAA Men’s Swimmer of the Week. Lowe took home first place in the 500-yard freestyle and the 200-yard butterfly in Saturday’s meet.
Freshmen Brandon Ress and Jeremy Liu turned in strong performances for Towson, both winning an event. Ress won the 1,000-yard freestyle event in 9:41:77 and Liu finished first in the 100-yard breaststroke in 58.78.
“I think that we could have won both meets,” Mead said. “I hope that we see the errors that we made and believe them and perform better next week.”
In the diving competition, the Tigers were victorious in all four events in the dual-meet. Senior Alex Cohen, junior Lyndsey Dickson and sophomore Natalee Szopo combined to win four events in both the three-meter and one-meter board events.
Both the men’s and women’s teams will be home on Saturday, Oct. 26 when they host the Old Dominion Monarchs at Burdick Pool.