In its first home meet of the season, the Towson men and women both won in commanding fashion over the Hood College Blazers and Howard Bison on Saturday at Burdick Pool.
The women (2-0) took down the Blazers 239-49 and the Bison 239-40, while the men (2-0) recorded similar scores with a 231-49 victory over the Blazers and a 234-26 win over the Bison.
The men’s and women’s teams combined to win every event, starting with 200-yard medley relay.
Leading the way for the Tigers were divers Lyndsey Dickson and Alex Cohen, who both took home Colonial Athletic Association Diver of the Week honors.
Dickson earned 292.35 points on Saturday in the three-meter diving event and followed with 240.50 points in the one-meter board event to win both.
Cohen also won his two events against Hood College and Howard, scoring 296.25 on the three-meter diving board and 271.50 the one-meter board.
It is his second consecutive CAA Diver of the Week honor.
“Lyndsey and Alex are off to a great start,” Head Coach Pat Mead said. “It will be interesting to see how the other divers do this weekend. Divers will be an intricate part of how we do this [season].”
In swimming, seniors Kendall Towe and Kaitlin Burke and sophomores Christine Hammond and Jenna Van Camp guided the women’s 200-yard medley relay that finished first with a time of 1:47:91. Towson took first, second and third in the event.
The men’s 200-yard medley relay was won by a team featuring junior Matt Collingwood, freshman Nick Breschi, senior Billy Pappas and sophomore Zach Brech. The team finished almost four
seconds better than the Tigers’ second-place team, earning them 11 points.
Freshmen highlighted both the women’s and men’s results, as five freshman won on the women’s side and four freshmen came in first place in the men’s competition.
“[The meet] was a good chance to see how the freshmen handled swimming in their first real college meet,” Mead said. “We have a good group of upperclassmen, but the our strength may come from the development of our freshmen.”
Towson freshmen Carly DeLiberty, Davina Jaynes, Melissa Toy, Olivia Evans and Casey West all won events for the women. DeLiberty and Jaynes led the way with two victories.
Jaynes won the 1,000-yard freestyle in 10:21.18 and 500-yard freestyle with a time 5:07:60. She took the 1,000-yard freestyle competition by 10 seconds. DeLiberty beat her teammates in both to
100-yard and 200-yard breaststrokes, with times of 1:06:76 and 2:27:91, respectively. She won both events by over three seconds.
Evans came out on top of the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:00:78, ahead of four other Towson swimmers that rounded out the top five.
Toy came in first in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:58:82. She also finished third in both the 100-yard and 50-yard freestyle competitions.
On the men’s side, freshmen Nick Breschi and Brandon Ress both turned in winning performances for the Tigers.
Breschi finished first in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 52.58 and Ress won the 1,000-yard freestyle in 9:34:87.
Towson will look to keep its winning streak alive when it travels to Washington, D.C. to take on William & Mary and Georgetown Saturday, Oct. 19.