Twizell Places Second in 200 Breaststroke; Mountaineers Break Pair of Program Records to Close Out CCSA Championships

Twizell Places Second in 200 Breaststroke; Mountaineers Break Pair of Program Records to Close Out CCSA Championships



Lynchburg, Va. (February 23, 2019) – Will Twizell placed second in the 200 breaststroke and the Mountaineers broke a pair of program records to highlight the final day of the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (CCSA) Championships on Saturday. The Mount finished in sixth place at the Championships with 277 team points.

University of Incarnate Word won the Championships with 1053.5 points, while Florida Atlantic (796.5 pts) and Old Dominion (698) finished second and third, respectively. Gardner-Webb (570.5), NJIT (373), Mount St. Mary's (277) and Howard (248.5) rounded out the standings.

Twizell registered a time of 2:01.74 in the 200 breast to take second place, as he collected his third top-six finish at the Championships. Twizell previously earned a third-place finish in the 100 breast on Friday and swam to a sixth-place showing in the 200 IM on Thursday.

Ryan Griffiths posted a time of 1:53.90 in the 200 back prelims earlier in the day, which broke his own program record of 1:55.82 that was set earlier this season. Griffiths then proceeded to clip his prelims mark with a 1:53.11 in the finals heats, as he finished 13th in the event while setting a new program record once again.

The other school record to fall on Saturday came in the 400 free relay. Ryan Carroll, Brock Cudahy, Peter Jones and Andrew Jones combined for a time of 3:07.22 to finish in fifth place. The time broke the previous record of 3:10.46 that was set as last year's CCSA Championships.

In the 200 breast, the Mount had two other swimmers join Twizell in scoring points for the team. John Wilson swam to a seventh-place finish in 2:06.46, and Ian Schirra placed 17th with a time of 2:13.94.

Nicholas Starvaggi represented the Mount in the 1650 finals, placing 13th with a time of 16:45.15.

In the 100 free, the Mountaineers had three swimmers reach the finals heats. Cudahy took 16th in 47.22, Peter Jones finished 17th in 47.36, and Andrew Jones touched the wall in 47.48 to take 18th.

In the 200 fly, Ryan Carroll posted a 16th-place showing in 2:00.78, and Matt Hart clocked in at 2:01.60 to finish 17th.

Qualifying swimmers from the Mount will head to the National Invitational Championships from March 13-16 to close out the season.