Men’s Swimming Team Ends in Second at CAA Tournament; Women’s Place Fourth

Posted: February 19, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason University’s men’s swimming and diving team finished second for the fourth year in a row (518) in the Colonial Athletic Association Championships, while the Patriots’ women’s squad placed fourth (462). William & Mary’s women’s swimming and diving team was crowned the champion after the completion of the four day competition with a score of 623, while UNC Wilmington’s men’s team won its sixth-straight title with a total of 573 points.

In the 1,650-yard freestyle, Mason senior Tom Koucheravy placed first as he registered an NCAA `A-Cut’ qualifying time of 15:04.87, which is also a new CAA meet record. Koucheravy, who tied Russell Smyth (JMU) in point total on the week with 60, was named CAA Men’s Most Outstanding Swimmer for his efforts at the championship. This marks the third-straight year in which Koucheravy has earned this honor. Joe Houchin also took home a gold medal for the Patriots as he posted a time of 1:49.54 in the 200 butterfly.

Patrik Balint (ODU) captured the 200 backstroke in a time of 1:48.73, while Eric Boyer (UNCW) placed first in the 100 free (44.96). Smyth won the 200 breast with a time of 2:02.89, while Old Dominion’s 400 free relay team finished first with a time of 3:02.96. Brett Molash of Drexel earned the gold in the 3-meter diving event (375.35), while Ryan Metzker (Mason) placed third with a score of 295.60.

For Mason, Liz Ouzts took home the silver in the 200 breast as she posted a time of 22:20.14 to add 17 points for the Patriots. Sarah Bizer placed fourth in the 100 free with a time of 51.31, while teammate Mallory Pucci garnered a sixth place finish in the 200 fly (2:06).

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