W&M Men Cruise at Home, 161-101
Updated: Monday 10/10/2015 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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The William & Mary men's swimming team cruised to victory in the season-opener on Saturday, sinking Towson 161-101 at home.  With the win, the Tribe improved to 1-0 overall and 1-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association, while the Tigers fell to 0-1 (0-1 CAA).

The Tribe led from the first gun, winning 10 of the 14 events including both relays.  The 200 medley relay set the tone in the first event, as the team of Will Manion (Haddonfield, N.J.), Jeremiah O'Donnell (Chapel Hill, N.C.), Justin Barden (Gordonsville, Va.), and birthday boy Joe Eiden (White Plains, N.Y.) combined to swim 1:30.88, the fastest dual-meet relay ever and the sixth-fastest performance in all of school history.  At the other end of the meet, Manion and Eiden paired up with senior Billy Russell (Newport News, Va.) and junior Alex Montes de Oca (Orange, N.J.) to win the
400 free relay in 3:04.51.

Individually, the big winner was O'Donnell, the defending CAA Swimmer of the Year, who won all three of his races  In the 100 breast, he swam a lifetime-best 55.79, the 15th-best performance ever at W&M, and improved to fifth in school history in the event.  Next he swam 2:03.54 to break his own dual-meet record in the 200 breast, and capped the day with a relatively-sedate 1:52.99 win in the 200 IM.  Russell also got into the records business with his two wins, breaking his own pool record in the 200 free in 1:40.61.  His second win came in the 100 free, when he took down the field in 46.60 seconds.

Manion was another double-winner, sweeping the backstrokes in 49.15 for the 100 and 1:48.94 for the 200, and Barden took the 100 fly in 50.28 seconds.  Sophomore Tommy Kealy (Wilton, Conn.) rounded out the notables, breaking W&M's dual-meet record in the 200 fly with his second-place 1:51.41.

William & Mary is back in action in two weeks, hosting Georgetown at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23.

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