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Tribe Swimming and Diving Starts Spring Season with Pair of Meets this Weekend

WILLIAMSBURG - The William and Mary Tribe swimming and diving team returns to the pool this weekend to begin the spring season after nearly two months since its last meet.

The women’s team will have two meets this weekend, beginning on Friday, January 15, when the Tribe travels east to take on Richmond University at 5 p.m. Both teams will be in action on Saturday, January 16, when the Tribe faces CAA-rival UNC Wilmington at 1 p.m. at the Rec Center Pool. Saturday’s meet, the final home meet of the season, will be Senior Day at the Rec Center Pool.

Recapping Winter Training
As it has the past few years, the William and Mary Tribe swimming and diving team traveled to Florida for a week of training in preparation for the final portion of the season. Unlike years in the past, however, temperatures were hovering around freezing, adding another dimension to the already tough training.

Director of Swimming and Diving Matt Crispino was pleased with the trip, saying, “Training this year in Florida was tough, practicing in some pretty unfavorable conditions. Despite the weather, the team put in a lot of good training and I feel like it prepared us well for the stretch run of the season.”

Previewing the Richmond and UNCW Women
The William and Mary Tribe women’s swimming and diving team heads into its pair of meets this weekend against Richmond and UNC Wilmington sporting a dual-meet record of 5-1 and a 3-1 mark against CAA opponents.

The Richmond Spiders will face the Tribe on Friday with a 2-2 dual-meet record this season. At the Terrapin Cup Invitational, the Spiders finished seventh, while William and Mary finished third at the three-day meet.

The UNC Wilmington Seahawks will travel to Williamsburg on Saturday with an 8-2 dual-meet record on the year and a 3-1 mark in the CAA. In conference action, the Seahawks have defeated Old Dominion, George Mason, and Delaware, while falling to defending CAA-champion Towson.

At last year’s CAA Championships, UNC Wilmington placed third, one spot behind William and Mary.

Of the two meets this weekend, Crispino said, “We haven’t raced in nearly two months, so we need to shake off the rust and get back to top-notch racing from pretty quickly. We have to face two good teams this weekend and to win we need to be at the top of our game.”

Previewing the UNCW Men
The William and Mary Tribe men’s swimming and diving team will head into Senior Day on Saturday at the Rec Center Pool with a 3-1 dual-meet record and a mark of 1-1 in meets against CAA teams.

For Wilmington, the defending CAA Champion Seahawks are sporting an 8-1 overall record and an unblemished mark of 4-0 in CAA meets. So far this year, Wilmington has defeated Old Dominion, George Mason, Towson, and Delaware.

Heading into the men’s meet on Saturday, Crispino says the men, just like the women, need to shake the rust off quickly and swim well because, “UNCW is as tough an opponent as there is. Hopefully, the Senior Day festivities will give us an extra boost.”

Senior Day
Senior Day will be held on Saturday, January 16 at the Rec Center Pool. Seats are limited in the pool, so fans are encouraged to arrive early. Festivities will begin approximately 10 minutes before the start of the meet.

Tribe News and Notes
- With her 15 individual wins this season, senior Katie Radloff now ranks first all-time on the College’s career victories list with 83, nine more than previous record holder Ruth Anne Miller ’03.

- Entering the all-time career victories list this past week was sophomore Hailey Hewitt, who with her 36 career wins in just a season and a half, already ranks 10th all-time at the College.

- Leading the Tribe men in individual victories so far this season is sophomore Stephen Fay, who has touched the wall first eight times this season, raising his career total to 10.

- Senior Katie Radloff and junior Mike Newcomb both earned CAA honors for the second time this season on November 3. Radloff was named CAA Co-Swimmer of the Week after winning two events against Davidson, while Newcomb was named CAA Diver of the Week after winning the 1-meter dive against the Wildcats.

- William and Mary had three athletes named to the CAA’s 25th Anniversary teams on October 22. Diver Shawn McLane ’86 was named to the men’s silver anniversary team while Ruth Anne Miller ’03 and senior Katie Radloff were named to the women’s 25th anniversary team.

- After their great performances against Towson on October 10, three William and Mary athletes were recognized by the conference. For the men, Jake Maloy was named CAA Swimmer of the Week, while Mike Newcomb was tabbed CAA Diver of the Week. On the women’s side, Katie Radloff earned CAA Swimmer of the Week recognition for the seventh time in her illustrious career.

- In the Tribe’s meet against Towson on October 10, the men’s and women’s teams combined to set or tie five Rec Center Pool records.

- In the men’s victory over Towson on October 10, 11 of the 12 swimmers that captured individual victories for the Tribe were either a freshman or sophomore.

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