Stephenson Shines, UNCW Men Extend Lead

Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications  
Release: 02/24/2012
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FAIRFAX, Virginia - Freshman Hannah Stephenson won the 100 Backstroke and also swam the leadoff leg of the UNCW women's winning 200 Medley Relay to pace the Seahawk women who enter Saturday, final day of the Colonial Athletic Association championships, in third place.

The Seahawk men turned a 20-point lead after day one into a 48-point advantage over host George Mason.

James Madison leads the women's meet by 142 points over defending champion Towson.

Stephenson gave UNCW an immediate lift as the Seahawks opened the finals session of Friday winning the 200 Medley Relay. She would later swim a time of 55.46 seconds to win the 100 Backstroke.

Junior Carly Tanner added All-CAA honors to her credit with a second-place finish in the 100 Breaststroke with a time of 1:01.05.

Freshman Nick Lowe and junior Stephen Conrad aided the men's cause with a 1-2 finish in the 100 Butterfly. For Lowe, it was his first CAA championship as he edged Conrad by .09 seconds.

UNCW finished off a sweep of the 200 Medley Relay after the men fashioned a meet-record time of 1:28.77. Conrad swam the third leg of the CAA championship relay.

Adding second-place finishes and also earning All-CAA honors were Gabe Thran (200 Free) and CJ Fiala (100 Breast). Thran set a school record in the event with a time of 1:37.98.

The meet concludes on Saturday with the preliminaries at 9 a.m. and the finals at 5 p.m.


                              Women - Team Scores                              
            Place School                                          Points
                1 JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY           JMU             572  
                2 TOWSON UNIVERSITY SWIMMING         TOWS            430  
                3 UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA W     UNCW            338  
                4 WILLIAM AND MARY                   W&M             325  
                5 OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY            ODU             225  
                6 NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY            NU              203  
                7 GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY            GMU             190  
                8 DELAWARE                           DEL             174  
                9 DREXEL UNIVERSITY                  DREX            109  
                               Men - Team Scores                               
            Place School                                          Points
                1 UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA W     UNCW            456  
                2 GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY            GMU             408  
                3 WILLIAM AND MARY                   W&M             382  
                4 OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY            ODU             364  
                5 DELAWARE                           DEL             247  
                6 DREXEL UNIVERSITY                  DREX            200  
                7 TOWSON UNIVERSITY SWIMMING         TOWS            160