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Soleo and Karnik Win Gold on Final Day of CAA Championships

25 Th11 2021 | 06:58 | Swimming & Diving

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. – The Drexel men’s swimming team finished its final day at the 2021 CAA Championships. Will Soleo won a gold medal in the 1650 free while Kacper Karnik took gold in the 200 breast.

Soleo kicked off the night by winning a gold medal in the 1650 free. The freshman swam the race in 15:46.82. The medal is Soleo’s first of his career. It was also the program’s first gold medal in the 1650 free since 1994. Jake McBride finished in fifth with a time of 16:00.74, and Xabier Carneiro placed eighth with a time of 16:15.86.

In the 200 back, representing the Dragons was Nikita Timoshenko in the B-Finals after swimming a 1:56.49 preliminary race. John Klein (1:52.09) and Carson Huff (1:52.53) made the A-Finals and competed for a chance at a medal. In the nightcap, Timoshenko finished the race in 1:54.90 and placed sixth. Klein touched the wall in 1:53.56, putting him in eighth, and Huff finished in 1:53.33, placing him in seventh.

In the 100 free, Kevin Spear earned a spot in the B-Finals after finishing the preliminary race in 45.95. Spear was joined in the B-Finals by Alex Flynn (45.92). John Scully (45.15) and TJ Given (45.30) earned spots in the A-Finals for the Dragons. In the finals, Spear finished the race in fourth with a time of 45.75, and Flynn clocked in at 45.94 to place eighth. In the A-Finals, Given finished with a time of 45.11, putting him in seventh. Scully placed eighth with a time of 45.58.

In the 200 breast, Zachary Valenzuela earned a spot in the B-Finals after finishing in 2:03.25. Karnik (1:57.82) swam the second-best time in the preliminaries to advance to the A-Finals. In the final races, Valenzuela won the B-Finals race after touching the wall in 2:02.24. Karnik won the gold medal in the A-Finals by touching the wall in 1:57.61. The medal was Karnik’s third of the CAA Championships.

The 200 fly featured Will Resweber (1:54.11) in the B-Final and Paris Raptis (1:47.10), and Klein (1:51.39) in the A-Finals. Resweber returned to finish the finals race in 1:54.02 and place in seventh. Klein finished in the A-Finals with a time of 1:53.81 and placed eighth. Raptis finished the race in 1:46.81 and earned the silver medal, the 12th of his career.

The final event of the 2021 CAA Men’s Swimming Championships was the 400 free relay. Racing for the Dragons was Given, Spear, Flynn and Scully to place third with a time of 2:59.46.

Towson won the team championship with a score of 842.5. UNCW came in second with a score of 619. Drexel finished third with 531 points. William & Mary came in fourth with 495.5, and Delaware rounded out the bottom of the standings with 491.

STANDINGS THROUGH SATURDAY

  1. Towson (842.5)
  2. UNCW (619)
  3. Drexel (531)
  4. William & Mary (495.5)
  5. Delaware (491)

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Diving Championships / Newark, Del.
Friday, March 26 – Men’s one-meter and Women’s three-meter
Saturday, March 27 – Men’s three-meter and Women’s one-meter

Women’s Swimming Championships / Christiansburg, Va.
Monday – 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 200 free relay, 400 medley relay
Tuesday – 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 200 medley, 800 free relay
Wednesday – 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 1650 free, 400 free relay

Men’s Swimming Championships / Christiansburg, Va.
Thursday – 200 free relay, 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 400 medley relay
Friday – 200 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 800 free relay
Saturday – 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 400 free relay

MEDAL FINISHES
Gold
100 Fly – 47.10 – Friday
1650 Free – 15:46.82 – Saturday
200 Breast – 1:57.61 – Saturday

Silver
200 Fly – 1:46.81 – Saturday

Bronze
200 IM – 1:47.29 – Thursday
200 Medley Relay – 1:27.97 – Friday
400 Free Relay – 2:59.46 – Saturday

MEDALS BY DAY
Thursday
No gold on Thursday

No Silver on Thursday

Bronze
Kacper Karnik – 200 IM – 1:47.29

Friday
Gold
Paris Raptis – 100 Fly – 47.10

No Silver on Friday

Bronze
Carson Huff, Kacper Karnik, Paris Raptis and John Scully – 200 Medley Relay – 1:27.97

Saturday
Gold
Will Soleo – 1650 Free – 15:46.82
Kacper Karnik – 200 Breast – 1:57.61

Silver
Paris Raptis – 200 Fly – 1:46.81

Bronze
T.J. Given, Kevin Spear, Alex Flynn and John Scully – 400 Free Relay – 2:59.46

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