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Swim Sweep: ‘Cats Push Past William & Mary

by | Feb 1, 2022

Men’s and Women’s Swimming defeated William and Mary.


DAVIDSON — Hosting their second home meet in less than a week, the Davidson swimming and diving teams swept the team victories against William & Mary Friday afternoon in Cannon Pool.

The Wildcat women won 182-112, while the Davidson men won 186-107, with the Wildcats using both event wins and depth — finishing 2-3-4 in multiple events — to prevail.

“After losing the chance to race with William & Mary last weekend, we’re grateful they were able to make the trip,” said Davidson coach John Young. “The teams were excited for the matchup, and after a dry spell in the win column vs. the Tribe in some years, we really got the job done.”

Shelby Stanley and Ben McClain set the tone for the Wildcats, winning three individual events apiece.

Stanley, last season’s Atlantic 10 Performer of the Year, raced to wins in the 100 fly (56.49), 200 fly (2:05.88) and 200 IM (2:08.29), as the Davidson women won nine events.  

McClain, who secured an A-10 Rookie of the Week honor this season, won the 100 free (46.65), 200 free (1:41.72) and 500 free (4:46.41), helping the men win eight events.

For the Davidson women, Abby Francis won the 100 free (52.01) and 200 free (1:53.65), while Anna Newman, the reigning A-10 Rookie of the Week, touched the wall first in the 100 breast (1:05.75) and 200 breast (2:23.34). Julia Goodhead added a win in the 100 back (58.64).

The 200 medley relay of Goodhead, Newman, Stanley and Martha Tripsa won in 1:45.40.

For the Davidson men, Cael McLaren swam out front in the 100 breast (58.30), and Kostas Mateer earned a win in the 200 IM (1:58.56). Owen Curry won the 1,000 free in 9:55.49, while Jeremy Kemp took the 200 back in 1:52.70.

Ty McLaren, Kemp, Ian Brann and McClain swam to first in the 400 free relay (3:07.36).

Davidson’s divers earned points as well, with Anna Jepson the top Wildcat female performer (1M, 241.58; 3M, 252.68) and Ben Cutforth the top male (1M, 282.60; 3M, 268.35).

“A shoutout to our divers — we started the meet with some wind in our sails,” said Young.

Up Next
One final dual meet remains on the 2021-22 schedule: Saturday, Feb. 5 at UNCW.

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