FAIRFAX, Va. - The Tiger men's swimming and diving team began the Colonial Athletic Association Championships in excellent shape Wednesday on the campus of George Mason. After the first day, Towson sits in sixth place with 50 points, just two points shy of Drexel's 52. William & Mary leads the meet with 74 points.
The Tiger relay team sophomores Erik Ripley and Matt Hans and freshmen Zach Brech and Joel Todd came within 0.39 of a second of breaking the school record in the 200-yard medley relay, as the team finished seventh with a time of 1:32.15.
"It's a great start and a much better start than last year," Towson head coach Pat Mead said.
Freshman Matt McKenney set his fourth Towson freshman record of the season as part of the team's 800-yard freestyle relay, as his 200-yard split of 1:40.32 broke Chris Will's Tiger record of 1:40.85 set in 2004. With McKenney joined by classmate Sawyer Martin, sophomore Jon Burr and senior Zack Stone, the team finished with a time of 6:41.14 and a sixth-place finish. It was the second-fastest time in the event in school history.
The four-day event continues Thursday morning.