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W&M wins CAA swimming title

William and Mary won the Colonial Athletic Association swim meet championship for the fourth consecutive season, amassing 900 points at the four-day meet in Christiansburg.

The Tribe was the first team in CAA history to win all five of the meet’s relays, and W&M had 25 individual podium finishes. The Tribe’s Matt Crispino was named the Men’s Coach of the Year for the fifth straight season.

Drexel finished second in the five-team meet with 703, and Towson was third with 566.

W&M’s Carter Kale, who grew up in Williamsburg, repeated as the 1,650-yard freestyle champ in an NCAA B cut time of 15:30.01.

W&M’s 400 free relay of Jack Doherty, Jamestown High alum Colin Wright, Kyle Neri and Ian Thompson set an all-time CAA record of 2:56.51. …

In the women’s CAA meet, James Madison ended a streak of five straight runner-up finishes by ending the Tribe’s two-year title reign.

JMU led the seven-team standings with 656 points, followed by William and Mary at 583 and Towson at 562.5.

In the 1,650 free, Towson freshman Karlee Carminati hit the wall in 16:38.96 to win. JMU freshman Juliana Jones, a New Kent High graduate, finished second (16:43.31), and Morgan Smith of William and Mary, who the title in 2016, finished third (16:51.88).

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