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February 15, 2003

MWC swimmers enjoy strong start in CAC meet

From: The Free Lance-Star, VA - 15 Feb 2003


Mary Washington College's swim teams hold commanding leads after the first day of the three-day Capital Athletic Conference meet in Goolrick Hall.

The MWC women scored 187 points yesterday, more than doubling the total of second-place St. Mary's (89). The Eagle men have an even bigger lead, 210-81 over St. Mary's.

MWC took first place in all five men's events held yesterday, including wins by freshmen Brian Craddock in the 500-yard freestyle (a meet-record 4:41.34) and Will Brunner in the 200 individual medley (1:57.91). The Eagles took the first four places in the 500 free and the top three in the 200 IM.

Junior Justin Snyder won the 50 free for the Eagles (21.52). MWC also took first in the 200 free relay (1:26.86) and the 400 medley relay (a meet-record 3:30.11).

The Eagle women also won both relays (1:40.01 in the 200 free and 4:04.69 in the 400 medley). Suzie Duke's 1:00.09 leadoff backstroke leg in the medley provisionally qualified her for the NCAA meet.

Individual event winners included Gallaudet's Stephanie Danner in the 500 free (5:15.47), Goucher's Stephanie Lague in the 200 IM (2:10.78) and Marymount's Nina Kuziel in the 50 free (24.87). MWC swimmers took second place in each event.

MWC's women are shooting for its 13th straight CAC title, while the men are seeking their third straight crown.

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