Tigers sweep Monarchs
Towson’s women’s team kept its undefeated season alive and the men’s team followed suit, sweeping former Colonial Athletic Association opponent, the Old Dominion Monarchs, at Burdick Pool on Saturday.
The women (5-0, 1-0 CAA) extended its streak to six straight seasons in which it won the first five meets. The Tigers outscored the Monarchs 199-101 in the meet.
Towson won its first three meets on the women’s side, including the 200-yard medley relay, 1000-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle. In total, Towson won 10 women’s events excluding the diving competition.
Junior Victoria Oslund highlighted the Tiger effort with two event wins, in the 200-yard butterfly and individual medley. She won the 200-yard butterfly in 2:06:33, over five seconds better than second place.
Senior Kaitlin Burke was strong for Towson again, capturing one individual victory and swimming in two relay wins.
Burke out swam the Monarchs’ Mackenzie Payment in the 100-yard butterfly, finishing with a 57.03 time, over a second better than payment.
“On the women’s side, everything that we have accomplished has been all upperclassmen,” Head Coach Pat Mead said. “Those are the women who are week-in and week-out giving us the production that we need to win.”
Burke, along with junior Amanda Barber and sophomores Charlotte Holz and Jenna Van Camp, began the meet with the win in the 200-yard medley relay, finishing in 1:44:97.
Barber, Holz and Van Camp all won an individual crowns on Saturday.
Barber took the 50-yard freestyle, Holz won the 100-yard freestyle and Van Camp finished first in the 200-yard breaststroke.
On the men’s side, Towson (4-1, 0-1 CAA) responded after a loss on Oct. 19 with a 163.50-128.50 victory over Old Dominion.
Four wins in a season is the most since the 2006-07 season when the team finished with a 6-5 record.
“The men definitely stepped it up, they did what I was hoping they’d do against W&M,” Mead said. “Sometimes it takes a win or two to get pattern or belief that we can do what we did this past weekend.”
The Tiger freshmen class highlighted another winning performance, taking four events in the meet. Freshmen Matt Brinton, Tim Schade and Jeremy Liu all contributed victories to the Tiger effort.
Liu was a multiple event winner, taking the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke.
He finished with a time of 58.70 in the 100-yard event and 2:06:95 in the 200-yard breaststroke finals.
Brinton won the 100-yard backstroke in 52.00, and Breschi followed just .48 seconds behind to finish second. Schade was strong in the 200-yard backstroke, clocking in with a 1:53:54 time.
Junior Matt Lowe also won a pair of events, the 500-yard and 1000-yard freestyle, for Towson.
He finished the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:37:34, earning nine points for Towson, and won another nine points in the 1000-yard freestyle with a 9:30:74 time.
“[Lowe] has evolved into a very competitive Division I swimmer,” Mead said. “He’s now at a level that he can come into a dual-meet and not have pressure affect him and know what he needs to do to help us win.”
In the diving competition, Towson won two events and finished second in two more. Senior Alex Cohen led the way with two wins in both the one-meter and three-meter board events, earning him
CAA Men’s Diver of the Week honors for the third time this season.
Junior Lyndsey Dickson also won the CAA Diver of the Week award for second time this season. She finished in second in the three-meter diving competition.
Towson will travel to Fairfax, Va. to face CAA opponents College of Charleston, George Mason and Northeastern on Friday.
The start time is to be announced.