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James Madison’s Depth Propels Them to CAA Lead Despite Double Relay DQ

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2021 CAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • POSTPONED TO: Monday, March 29 – Friday, April 2, 2021
    • Diving Friday, March 26 – Saturday, March 27, 2021
  • Swimming: Christiansburg Aquatic Center, Christiansburg, VA (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Diving: Rawstrom Natatorium, – Newark, DE (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Defending Champion: William & Mary men (6x) & James Madison women (3x) (results)
  • Live results (also on Meet Mobile – ‘2021 Colonial Conference Championships’)
  • Day one results
  • Day two results
  • Live Video
  • Championship Central

A tight meet between three-time defending champions James Madison and an upstart William & Mary continued tonight. JMU had a huge morning push, getting 12 swims into A-finals tonight to W&M’s nine, but the opening relay saw the Tribe win while JMU and Drexel were both disqualified.

The Tribe clocked a 1:40.58 to take the 200 medley, as 50 free runner-up Missy Cundiff unloaded a 21.93 anchor leg to get them to the wall. With their DQs, JMU and Drexel missed out on over 20 points each.

In the 100 fly, JMU fired back with Madison Cottrell snagging the CAA title with a 53.91. Her 53.99 in prelims was her first time under 55, and it’s a big swim for the freshman to lead a JMU 1-4 finish with defending champion Morgan Whaley (54.79).

The top three women dropped over a second each to reach the 200 free podium, led by Delaware’s Mira Selling (1:47.29). Selling was the runner-up last year. W&M picked up big points with a 2-3 finish, as Katie Stevenson went 1:48.90 ahead of Elizabeth Intihar (1:49.43). Intihar, who won the 500 free last night, has now broken 4:50 and 1:50 in the freestyles for the first time this week.

After finishing runner-up last year, Delaware’s Audrey Duvall claimed her second win of the meet with a 4:18.98 in the 400 IM. She whacked her old best of 4:21.00, which was done in the final of this race in 2020.

W&M went big in the final two individual events of the night, as Annie Tuttle took the 100 breast (1:01.70). In the 100 back, Anna Kenna dropped over a second to win in 54.77, picking up points against her seed as JMU had held the top three spots after prelims. Cottrell, swimming a double after the 100 fly, was able to hold on for second for JMU (54.99).

Despite the Tribe’s push, and the DQ, James Madison held a lead of just over 100 points going into the 800 free relay thanks to their impressive depth.

In the 800 free relay, though, James Madison again DQ’d their relay. William & Mary, again, easily won, hitting a 7:20.93 and getting a 1:48.90 split from Intihar. Delaware was second in 7:25.44, as Selling anchored in 1:48.54. Drexel, meanwhile, did not enter an 800 free relay, so they will not pick up any relay points either.

James Madison still maintains a solid 74-point lead, though, with one day left of the meet. Meanwhile, Towson and Delaware sit neck-and-neck for third, not too far behind W&M.

TEAM SCORES – Day Two

  1. James Madison 546
  2. William & Mary 472
  3. Towson 413
  4. Delaware 409
  5. UNC-Wilmington 259
  6. Drexel 100