Tribe Women Fly Past Towson, 152-110
Updated: Saturday 10/10/2015 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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The William & Mary women's swimming team got the year off to a fast start Saturday, flying past CAA rival Towson 152-110 in the season-opener.  The Tribe improved to 1-0 on the year and in-conference with the win, its first over Towson since 2005-06, while the Tigers fell to 0-1 overall and in the league.

The Tribe won eight of 14 events on the day, including both relays, and had at least a second or third in most every event.  The 200 medley relay set the tone right from the start, as the team of Katie Sell (Fredericksburg, Va.), Annie Valls (Miami, Fla.), Jessie Ustjanauskas (West Hartford, Conn.), and Jaimie Miller (Houston, Texas) broke the pool record and the Tribe's dual-meet record with a time of 1:43.34, the seventh-fastest performance in school history.  That and a second-place finish in the relay put the Tribe in front 15-2, and except for a brief moment after the 200 free when Towson was on top 20-16, W&M never trailed again.

Ustjanauskas went on to sweep both butterflies, winning the 200 fly in 2:05.72, and leading a 1-4 sweep in the 100 fly in 56.72 seconds.  She also swam on the winning 400 free relay, teaming with Noelle Klockner (Marlboro, N.J.), Emily Schroeder (West Windsor, N.J.), and Miller to win in 3:30.50.  Miller also took gold individually, winning the 100 free in 51.48 seconds.

Junior Sophie Rittenhouse (London, England) won both of her individual events, sweeping the backstrokes.  She won the 100 back in 58.34 seconds, and came back later to take the 200 back in 2:03.79.  Sophomore Jess Crowley (Acton, Mass.) came from out of the pack to win the 50 free, touching the wall in 24.11 seconds.  Freshman Morgan Smith (Verona, N.J.) jumped into the Tribe's all-time top-10 in her first swim, earning a bronze medal in 10:18.15 in the 1,000 free to rank ninth in school history.

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

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