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Tribe Men's Swimming Heads to GMU for CAA Championships
Updated: Monday 02/25/2013 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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The William and Mary men's swimming looks to gain new heights this weekend, traveling to Fairfax for the Colonial Athletic Association Championships Feb. 27-March 2.  The meet has pushed back to four days this year, after being a three-day affair each of the past three seasons.

Coverage
In addition to Twitter coverage and recaps after each session on TribeAthletics.com, fans can also follow along via live results and watch free video of each evening session courtesy of CAA TV.com.

Meet HQ
Live Results
Live Video (begins at 6 p.m. each evening)
Twitter

Schedule
Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Time Events Time Events Time Events Time Events
    10 AM Prelims
500 free
200 i.m.
50 free
10 AM Prelims
400 i.m.
100 fly
200 free
100 breast
100 back
10 AM Prelims
200 back
100 free
200 breast
200 fly
12 PM Prelims
W 3-meter
1 PM Prelims
M 1-meter
1 PM Prelims
W 1-meter
1 PM Prelims
M 3-meter
            3 PM Finals
1650 free
(all but top 8)
6 PM Finals
200 f.r.
W 3-meter
800 f.r.

 

6 PM Finals
500 free
200 i.m.
50 free
M 1-meter
200 f.r.
6 PM Finals
400 i.m.
100 fly
200 free
100 breast
100 back
W 1-meter
400 m.r.
6 PM Finals
1650 free
200 back
100 free
200 breast
200 fly
M 3-meter
400 f.r.


Opponents
In addition to the Tribe, the rest of the CAA men's swimming and diving field includes UNCW, George Mason, Delaware, Drexel, and Towson.  UNCW has won the past 11 conference titles.  Old Dominion cannot score in the team race due to CAA by-laws governing departing schools, however, the Monarch swimmers are eligible for all individual awards (event champion, Swimmer of the Meet, etc.).

News and Notes
- The Tribe enters the CAA Championships after going 6-4 (2-2) in the regular season.

- A win would stand as W&M's first-ever conference title, and the first championship trophy since the 1970 and 1971 teams won back-to-back state championships.

- A top-three finish would mark the first consecutive years of top-three conference finishes since taking second or third for eight-straight seasons in the Southern Conference from 1968-1975.

- W&M won a total of six Swimmer of the Week awards from the CAA in 2012-13, thanks to the performances of three athletes.  Junior Andrew Strait (Henrico, Va.) was honored an astonishing four times, while senior Hunter Perrot (Falls Church, Va.) was tabbed after leading W&M to a senior-day win over Villanova.  Freshman Andrew Nyce (Vienna, Va.) grabbed the final weekly award last week, after breaking two freshman records at the Cavalier Invitational.

- Every current freshman record on the books was set by a current member of the Tribe team, including three by the seniors, one by the juniors, five by the sophomores, and five by the freshmen.

- Andrew Strait leads the team with 23 victories and 283.5 points heading into the conference meet, with Will Manion (Haddonfield, N.J.) (nine wins, 172.5) and Hunter Perrot (seven wins, 170.0) in second and third.  Strait's 23 wins are the most in a season for a Tribe athlete since 1998-99, and ranks him fourth in school history.  Sicne 2004-05, there have only been three seasons of 300+ points for W&M, including Shawn Matthews '09 (313 in 2008-09), Kevin Gallagher '10 (304.25 in 2008-09), and Strait last season (303.5).

- The season properly began last summer at the Olympc Trials, where Strait, Sidney Glass (Mechanicsville, Va.), and Manion became the first Tribe swimmers to compete for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team.

- W&M received votes in the national top-25 for the first time this season, following two dominant wins to start the year.

- Before Kemp Pettyjohn's (Lynchburg, Va.) Rookie of the Year award last year, the last time a Tribe swimmer had won a year-end conference honor was 1965, when Pete McIntosh '65 was named the Southern Conference Most Valuable Swimmer.

- If Perrot wins a third gold medal on a relay, he'll become the Tribe's all-time best conference relay winner.  A third title would also tie him with Stephen Fay '12 and Mike Lovett '00 as the winningest-CAA Champions in school history, and as one just eight men all-time to win at least three conference championships.

- All-time, W&M swimmers have won 40 individual conference championships and eight relays.  The breakdown includes 30 individual Southern Conference titles and 10 CAA championships, with relays split evenly between the two.

- The Tribe has never won a 200-yard relay, while earning three 400 free relay, three 400 medley relay, and two 800 free relay crowns.

- If both the men and women finish in the top three, it will be just the second-such occasion in school history (2001, the women were second and the men third).

- The same school has won both the men's and women's championships seven times in CAA history.  UNCW was the last to do it, in 2006, and the current gap of seven years is the longest ever.  Other dual-winners include James Madison (2001, 1995, 1994, 1993), American (1991), and Navy (1988).









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