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NCAA Qualification Leads Tribe Men Saturday Morning at CAA Championships
Updated: Saturday 02/25/2012 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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The William and Mary men's swimming team continued its charge up the leaderboards at the Colonial Athletic Association Championships Saturday morning, advancing 10 of 13 swimmers to the finals session and breaking two more school records in the process.  In the team race, UNCW's lead grew to 80 points, 559-479 over George Mason, while the Tribe crept closer to the leaders with 452 points.

200 Fly
The single most impressive swim of the morning for W&M came in the final event, after junior K.J. Shaw (Richmond, Va.) obliterated his own school record and earned his first NCAA qualification with a 1:47.82 showing in the 200 fly.  Shaw is the second seed in tonight's championship finals, and will be joined in the race by senior Evan Mulloy (Martinez, Ga.), who timed 1:52.23 for the eighth and final championship spot.

200 Breast
The Tribe also earned a school record in the 200 breast, where sophomore Andrew Strait (Henrico, Va.) broke his fourth individual record of the past three days with a time of 2:00.34.  Strait's time, which also earned him the second seed in tonight's finals, broke the oldest swimming record on the W&M books which had stood since the 1998 CAA Championships (Dan Gowetski '00, 2:03.05).  Also making the championship heat was freshman Matt Goetz (Islip, N.Y.), who nearly took down Strait's freshman record in the event in 2:04.34.  His classmates Chris Dong (Chapel Hill, N.C.) and Carter Head (Lynchburg, Va.) advanced to the consolation finals, timing 2:04.78 and 2:07.69, respectively.  Goetz now ranks fourth in school history in the event, while Dong ranks fifth.

200 Back
In the 200 back, junior Evan Rutherford (Newport News, Va.) timed 1:49.40 and classmate Sidney Glass (Mechanicsville, Va.) was right behind him in 1:49.44, ranking the pair second and third all-time at the College.  That narrow .04 second margin was the difference between the championship and the consolation finals, however, as Rutherford earned the last spot in the championship heat and Glass the top spot in the consolations.

100 Free
Senior Stephen Fay (Herndon, Va.) will have one more shot at another CAA title Saturday night, advancing to the championship finals of the 100 free in 45.44 seconds as the eighth seed.  Junior Hunter Perrot (Falls Church, Va.) touched the wall in a lifetime-best 45.75 seconds to earn a spot in the consolation heat, and improved to seventh all-time at W&M with the performance.

The final session of the 2012 CAA Championships will begin at 3 p.m. in the afternoon, with timed finals of the 1,650 free.  The evening finals will also include championships in all four prelims from this morning, as well as the 3-meter diving event and the 400 free relay.

Team Standings
1. UNCW 559
2. George Mason 479
3. William and Mary 452
4. Old Dominion 400
5. Delaware 319
6. Drexel 217
7. Towson 175









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