UMBC Dawg Blog: Men Win Sixth Straight America East Championship!
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Men Win Sixth Straight America East Championship! - Sunday, 8:50 p.m. - 6 in the America East and 12 straight overall conference titles! The men's team of Zach Vonder Haar, Eric Jones, Jason Mattingly and Justin Bronson placed second in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:01.57. The men finish with 900 points to Boston University's 873.
The women's team of Sam Maccherola, Ashley Miller, Danielle Cruz and Abbey McKenney earned silver in a school record-time of 3:26.67. The women finish in second place with 687 points. Boston University wins the America East Championship with 687 points.
Thanks for a great weekend ladies and gentlemen! Thanks for reading!Reitz Breaks School Record in 200 Fly as Men Regain Lead! - Saturday, 8:00 p.m. - The UMBC men have regained the lead 866-833 as sophomore Brad Reitz broke the school record in the 200 fly on his way to winning the gold in 1:47.69. Senior P.J. Sterba earned silver in 1:50.68. Freshman Ben Wolbert finished fourth and senior Evan Roseberry took fifth.
On the women's side, junior Jennifer Esposito continued her amazing America East Championship, winning the 200 fly in a school record 1:59.98, more than a second faster than the record she broke this morning! Junior Lindsay Sherman was second in 2:01.35. Senior Daniele Surkovich, junior Kate Chialastri and freshman Pink Kinanti finished 6-7-8.Mendenhall takes silver, but BU takes lead - Sunday, 7:35 p.m. - Sophomore John Mendenhall earned silver in 2:03.49, while sophomore Dan Weston-Dawkes placed sixth in 2:05.83. Sophomore Kregg Deery was eighth in 2:08.62. Boston University placed fourth and fifth and had three in the consolation final to take the lead by 2, 802-800.
In the women's 200 breast, junior Tereza Kaplanova placed third in 2:19.44, while senior Joy Wilde swam a life time-best in her final swim as a Retriever, placing seventh in 2:23.53 In the consolation final, sophomore Gaby Johnston placed fourth in the 2:25.89.Bronson takes silver in 100 free as BU closes gap - Sunday, 7:05 p.m. - Senior Justin Bronson takes home the silver in 45.07, as Boston University went 1-3-4-5-6 to close the gap 759-755 with three events remaining. Freshman Jason Mattingly was seventh in 45.72, while sophomore Eric Jones was eighth in 46.12. In the consolation final, senior Sven Schneider placed third in 46.61.
Junior Sam Maccherola broke her school record that she set this morning, placing fourth in 50.88, while freshman Abbey McKenney placed fifth in 51.10. In the consolation final, freshman Ashley Miller and sophomore Danielle Cruz went 1-2 in 52.90 and 53.05, while sophomore Sarah Ryan placed fifth in 53.42.
For the women's scores, UMBC widened their lead for second place over vermont 536-513. Boston University still leads with 610 points.Saad Takes Silver in Men's 200 Back - Sunday, 6:45 p.m. - Freshman Nour Saad placed second in the men's 200 back in a season best-time of 1:49.61, while senior Milos Djukic touched fourth in 1:50.43. Sophomore Keilan Freeman placed sixth in 1:51.78.In the women's 200 back, freshman Laura Tilman took fourth in a season-best time of 2:04.84, while sophomore Julie Cantwell was fourth in the consolation final in 2:08.04.
Scores Update: The men now lead Boston University 713-677, while the women are only one point ahead of Vermont for second place, 487-486. Boston University leads with 580 points.
Next up is 100 free.Carson Earns Bronze in Men's 1,650 Free - Saturday, 6:25 p.m. - Sophomore Matt Carson placed third in the mile with a season-best time in 15:55.89, while senior Evan Roseberry placed fourth in 15:59.54.
Next up is the 200 back.Women's 1,650 Final Results - Sunday, 6:00 p.m. - In the women's 1,650 final, sophomore Rebecca Godwin placed fourth in a season-best 17:07.45, while freshman Pink Kinanti placed sixth in 17:12.68, also a season-best time.Gray Averages Under A Minute in the 1,650 Free Heat #2 - Sunday, 4:00 p.m. - Freshman Danny Gray won his heat for the 1,650 free in 16:29.93, averaging just under a minute for each 100 yards, the goal set by him and head coach Chad Cradock. He also improved his 1,000 time by going 9:58.72, over five seconds faster than his previous best 1,000. Well done Danny.
We'll now get set for the finals session, starting at 5:30 p.m. with the 1,650 championship finals. UMBC has Pink Kinanti and Rebecca Godwin in the women's final and Evan Roseberry and Mat Carson in the men's.Dobrzanski, Magaw Set Season-Best Times in 1,650 Heat #1 - Sunday, 3:40 p.m. - We're back at the pool as the 1,650 free heats have begun. Sophomore Cassie Dobrzanski set a season-best time in the one-mile swim with a time of 17:30.16, winning her heat. Freshman Lindsey Magaw was second with a a season-best time of 18:06.08. Esposito Breaks 200 Fly Record! - Sunday, 11:45 a.m. - Junior Jennifer Esposito has broken the school record in the women's 200 fly with a time of 2:01.00, breaking the oldest school record on the books, set in 1990 by Jacque Wisnauskas. She was the top qualifier and just beat fellow junior Lindsay Sherman by four one-hundredths of a second. They will be joined in the final by senior Daniele Surkovich, junior Kate Chialastri and freshman Pink Kinanti. Freshman Kathryn Moorby will compete in the consolation final.
In the men's 200 fly, sophomore Brad Reitz qualified first in a time of 1:49.40. Seniors P.J. Sterba and Evan Roseberry and freshman Ben Wolbert will join him in the championship final. In addition, sophomore Mitchell Donovan swam a season-best time in 1:56.41.
That'll do it for this last prelim session. We'll be back for the mile heats, starting somewhere around 3:15 p.m..Kaplanova Top Qualifier in 200 Breast - Saturday 11:10 a.m. - Junior Tereza Kaplanova is the top qualifier in the women's 200 breast in a time of 2:19.30. She will be joined in the championship final by senior Joy Wilde, who swam a season-best time of 2:24.57. Sophomore Gaby Johnston will be in the consolation final in a time of 2:25.06. Junior Brittany Johnson had a season-best time of 2:31.57.
On the men's side, freshman John Mendenhall qualified for the final in third place in a time of 2:04.69. He will be joined in the final by junior Dan Weston-Dawkes, who had a season-best time of 2:06.45, and sophomore Kregg Deery, who swam a 2:10.56. Sophomore Philip Novotny had a season-best swim in 2:08.63.
Next up is the final event of this session, the 200 fly.Maccherola Keeps Setting Records! - Sunday, 10:45 a.m. - Junior Sam Maccherola has had an amazing first America East Championship. She will be seeded second in the 100 free after setting a new UMBC record with a time of 51.02. Freshman Abbey McKenney also was under the previous record of 51.06, with a time of 51.04. Both will be in the championship final, while sophomores Sarah Ryan and Danielle Cruz and freshman Ashley Miller will compete in the consolation final.
On the men's side, senior Justin Bronson, sophomore Eric Jones and freshman Jason Mattingly all qualified for the championhsip final, while senior Sven Schneider will compete in the consolation final.
200 breast is up next.Saad Leads Men in 200 Back - Sunday, 10:30 a.m. - Freshman Nour Saad qualified second for the men in the 200 back with a season-best time of 1:50.08, while senior Milos Djukic and sophomore Keilan Freeman also qualified for the championship final in 1:51.62 and 1:53.50, respectively.
In the women's 200 back, freshman Laura Tilman swam a season-best time of 2:05.62. She will swim in the championship final tonight, while sophomore Julie Cantwell will compete in the consolation final. Fellow freshmen Kelsey Fitzpatrick and Laura Rogers also swam season-best times.
Up next is the 100 free prelims.The Final Day is Upon Us - Sunday, 9:55 a.m. - Welcome back to the Fitness and Recreation Center on the campus of Boston University for the final day of competition in the swimming and diving championships. We'll start off this prelim session with the 200 back, followed by the 100 free. The team is pretty loose, but nerves are starting to settle in. Senior Freddie Reitz, who is not competiting this weekend, said even he couldn't sleep last night thinking about today's action. We'll be back after the first events are through.Women's 400 Medley Relay Breaks School Record - Saturday, 9:00 p.m. - The women's team of freshman Kathryn Moorby and juniors Tereza Kaplanova, Jennifer Esposito and Sam Maccherola set a new UMBC record in the 400 medley relay in a time of 3:48.38 on their way to placing second.
Scores at the end of day 3: Men lead BU, 636-616, while the women are in second with 440 to Boston University's 525.
Great night of swimming, we'll see you in the morning!Djukic Wins 100 Back! - Saturday, 8:05 p.m. - Senior Milos Djukic won the 100 back in 49.76 after placing second a year ago. UMBC then went 4-5-6 with freshman Jason Mattingly, junior Zach Vonder Haar and freshman Nour Saad.
Freshman Laura Tilman placed eighth in the women's 100 back in a time of 59.14, while fellow freshman Kathyrn Moorby placed second in the consolation final with a season-best time of 58.59.
The UMBC women are in second with 406 points, with Boston University still in the lead with 493. The men have extended their lead with 580 points to BU's 518.Boston University Cuts UMBC Men's Lead - Saturday, 7:40 p.m. - In the men's 100 breast, junior Matt Mattingly earned bronze in a time of 57.04, while freshman John Mendenhall placed sixth in 58.15 and sophomore Kregg Deery was eighth in 59.35.
In the women's 100 breast, junior Tereza Kaplanova placed fourth in a time of 1:04.97, while sophomore Gaby Johnston placed seventh in 1:06.08. In the consolation final, senior Joy Wilde had a season-best 1:07.56, placing fifth.
The men now lead Boston University 518-494, while the women are still in second with 388 points to BU's 451.Bronson Breaks 200 Free Record! - Saturday, 7:25 p.m. - Senior Justin Bronson broke his own 200 free record in his final 200 of his UMBC career with a time of 1:37.23, finishing first. UMBC also went 4-5-6 including sophomore Eric Jones, senior P.J. Sterba and sophomore Keilan Freeman. Freshman Ben Wolbert placed eighth.
Junior Sam Maccherola earned silver in the 200 free in a time of 1:48.57. Three other Retrievers were in the final with freshman Abbey McKenney placing fifth, sophomore Sarah Ryan finishing seventh and junior Lindsay Sherman placing eighth.
Updated scores: UMBC men are in the lead over Boston University 478-435, while the women are in second with 357 points to leader Boston University with 420.UMBC Men Regain Lead - Saturday, 7:00 p.m. - Sophomore Brad Reitz placed second in the 100 fly with a time of 48.59, just 15 one-hundredths of a second behind the school record. Senior P.J. Sterba finished fifth in 49.79, junior Zach Vonder Haar placed sixth in 50.10, while junior Matt Mattingly placed eighth in 50.28
Sophomore Jennifer Esposito swam the same time she did this morning and earned silver in the 100 fly in 55.67, while junior Lindsay Sherman finished sixth in 56.35, while senior Daniele Surkovich placed eighth in 56.93.Carson Breaks 4 Minute Mark in 400 IM - Saturday 6:40 p.m. - Sophomore Mat Carson finished fourth in the men's 400 IM, in a personal best-time of 3:59.00. Sophomore Dan Weston-Dawkes finished fifth in 4:01.17, while freshman John Mendenhall 4:05.76.
In the first championship final of the evening, sophomore Rebecca Godwin placed sixth in the women's 400 IM in 4:30.35. In the consolation final, freshman Laura Tilman tied for first in 4:33.36, while sophomore Julie Cantwell placed third in 4:37.30.
With these events, the UMBC women have moved up to second place with 241, 80 points behind Boston University. Boston University has taken the lead in the men's with 340 points, just four more than UMBC.Gilreath Hits NCAA Provisional Mark in Triple Jump! - Saturday, 4:45 p.m. - The UDB said sophomore Victor Gilreath was a physical specimen. The transfer from Maryland hit a mark of 15.49m (50'10"), shattering the school record and is a NCAA Provisional mark! He earned bronze, but since he is only a sophomore, he should become a force in the conference for next couple of years. Well done sir.
Time to go back to the pool, the full release on the track and field day will be up before the swimming session at 6 p.m. begins.
Parkinson Earns Bronze in 3,000-Meter Run - Saturday, 3:15 p.m. - Junior Sara Parkinson takes home her second bronze of the championships, finishing the 3,000-meter in 9:59.40. It was the first time she's gone under 10 minutes in the 3K, and was very happy with her time. She was in leading a pack of four runners going into the last lap and left them in a trail of her dust to soundly place third.
Senior Toni Boyd finished fourth in the women's shot put with a throw of 12.22m (40'1.25").
The men's triple jump is the final event going on, we'll have those results as soon as they're complete.
Gilreath, Devaud Win High Jump, Heptathlon! - Saturday, 2:20 p.m. - Sophomore Victor Gilreath won the men's high jump competition, hitting a mark of 2.06m (6'9") in his first America East Championship. This guy is a physical specimen and the UDB can't wait to see what he's going to do in the triple jump, where he has already broken the school record earlier this year. A great pickup. Freshman Matt Waters reached 2.02m (6'7.5") to earn bronze.
In the heptathlon, UMBC finished 1-2-5-7, as junior Dominic Devaud won the gold with 4,884 points and Waters took the silver with 4,714 points. Junior Michael Buccheri placed fifth, while senior Jude Rene took seventh.
UMBC had three men place in the 200-meter dash, with junior Adrian Arthur taking bronze in 21.78, while juniors Antonio Thomas and Jason Powell took fourth and seventh, respectively. Junior Britney Foreman took seventh in the women's 200 final in a time of 25.07, an ECAC qualifying time.
Meanwhile, freshman Joshua Hewitson ran a great race and placed fifth in the 500-meter dash in 1:04.79, an IC4A-qualifying time.
Next time, the 1,000-meter run and then the 200-meter dash.
Brown, Colbert Take Silver in 55-meter Hurdles - Saturday 12:30 p.m. - We've made the move over and the action is fast and furious. First senior Anthony Kelhower finished eighth in the men's 1-mile run in 4:25, followed by junior Sara Parkinson earned bronze in women's 1-mile run, running an ECAC-qualifying time of 4:57.06.
Next up we'll have the 400-meter finals followed by the 500-meter finals. Also, the men's shot put is underway.Final Prelims of the Day and Over to the Track We Go... - Saturday, 12:00 p.m. - In the 100 breast, junior Tereza Kaplanova and sophomore Gaby Johnston will represent the Retrievers in the championship final, while senior Joy Wilde will be in the consolation final. For the men, junior Matt Mattingly put in the fourth fastest time in school history in a time of 56.96. He qualified for the final along with sophomore Kregg Deery and freshman John Mendenhall.
That'll do it from the pool deck until tonight's finals session at 6 p.m., we're gonna quickly move over to the track and we'll pick up the action right away with the men's 1-mile run and the 55-meter hurdles finals.
Maccherola Breaks 200 Free Record - Saturday, 11:35 p.m. - After sorting out some computer issues, the Dawg Blog is trying to play catch up. In the 100 fly, UMBC will have four swimmers in the men's final including sophomore Brad Reitz, who posted a UMBC season-best time of 49.05, juniors Matt Mattingly and Zach Vonder Haar and senior P.J. Sterba.
In the women's 100 fly, junior Jennifer Esposito was the top UMBC qualifier with a time of 55.67, just seven one-hundreths of a second over the school record. She will be joined by junior Lindsay Sherman and senior Daniele Surkovich in the championship final.
We move on to the 200 free, where junior Sam Maccherola has broken a new UMBC and America East Championship record in a time of 1:48.51, over two seconds faster than the previous record. She is top qualifier for tonight's championship final and will be joined by junior Lindsay Sherman, sophomore Sarah Ryan and freshman Abbey McKenney.
In the men's 200 free, UMBC will have five entrants in the championship final with senior Justin Bronson being the top qualifier in a time of 1:39.00. He will be joined by sophomores Eric Jones and Keilan Freeman, senior P.J. Sterba and freshman Ben Wolbert.
Two very good races and just what the Retrievers needed. Next update should have the pole vault from the heptathlon over at the track.
400 IM Continues to Bring Season-Best Times - Saturday, 10:50 a.m. - Sophomore Dan Weston-Dawkes swam a UMBC season-best 400 IM in a time of 4:02.40, while sophomore Mat Carson pulled in a season-best time in 4:03.44. Freshman John Mendenhall finished with a season-best time as well, in 4:07.49. All three will swim in the championship final tonight.
On the women's side, sophomore Rebecca Godwin placed second in her heat with a season-best time of 4:29.41, putting on the UMBC All-Time Top 10 list in third place. She will swim in the championship final tonight. Sophomore Cassie Dobrzanski won her heat in a season-best time of 4:42.66, while freshman Laura Rogers also a season-best time of 4:45.58. Freshman Laura Tilman also pulled a season-best time in 4:37.04. She will be joined by sophomore Julie Cantwell in the consolation final.
Out at the track, junior Dominic Devaud won the 55-meter hurdles portion of the heptathlon in 7.94, while senior Jude Rene took second. Rene still leads the heptathlon with 3,592 points, while freshman Matt Waters is second with Devaud in third.
Up next is the 100 fly.
Saturday Welcome - Saturday, 9:40 p.m. - Good morning from the pool deck. the prelim session here is going to start in about 20 mins, while over at the track the heptathlon will be continuing at 10 a.m.. As I get the results from the final three events, I'll pass those along to you. At breakfast this morning, the track team looked to be in a good mood, and the swim team here looks loose. I feel it could be a big day for the Retrievers, back once the action starts.
Women's 200 Free Relay Break School Record, Finish 2nd - Friday, 8:10 p.m. - The women's 200 free relay team of Sam Maccherola, Ashley Miller, Daniele Surkovich and Abbey McKenney broke the school record in a time of 1:34.80, finishing second.
The men's side of Eric Jones, Milos Djukic, Matt Mattingly and Jason Mattingly earned silver and missed a school record by one-tenth of a second in 1:22.15. That'll do it for tonight from the pool tonight, full results will be posted shortly.
Out at the track, Alex Hyland placed eighth in the 5,000-meter run in just over 18:00. Britney Foreman qualified for the final of the 200-meter dash, placing eighth in 25.32. Full results from that will be online shortly as well.
Well, another good day in Boston, the final day of track and field and the final two of swimming and diving should be very exciting, right down to the last race. See you tomorrow.
Reitz breaks 200 IM school record...Again! Friday, 7:17 p.m. - Brad Reitz broke the 200 IM record that he set earlier in the day, earning gold in an America East Championship record time of 1:48.67. Matt Mattingly placed second in a time of 1:50.32, while Dan Weston-Dawkes touched fifth in 1:52.35. In the consolation final, Kregg Deery placed second in the 1:54.79, while Nour Saad was third in 1:56.14.
The fact that Brad was out of competition until nearly the Patriot Invitational, this is truly incredible. That was a real treat, and to see Matt come from behind to finish second, even better.
In the women's 200 IM, Tereza Kaplanova finished fourth in 2:05.22, while Julie Cantwell placed seventh in 2:09.41. In the consolation final, Danielle Cruz won the race in 2:08.84, while Gaby Johnston finished fifth in 2:11.39.
In the women's 50 free, Abbey McKenney placed third in 23.76, while Ashley Miller was eighth in 24.24. In the men's 50 free, Jason Mattingly was sixth in 20.92, Eric Jones was seventh 20.94 and Milos Djukic was eighth in 21.06. In the men's 50 free consolation, Zach Vonder Haar touched second in 21.26, while Sven Schneider was fifth in 21.52.
On the track, Britney Foreman qualified for the ECAC Championships, placing third in the 55-meter dash prelims in a time of 7.16. Tawana Wilson and Waquesha Canty also qualified for the final, finishing in 7.25 and 7.27, respectively.
Bronson Breaks 500 Free Record - Friday, 6:42 p.m. - Justin Bronson broke the 500 free record for the second time this season, finishing in a time of 4:24.91. Evan Roseberry finished fourth in 4:30.73 and Mat Carson placed fifth in 4:37.89
Before the race, Eric Jones said, if he (Bronson) gets pushed, he's going under 4:25. Well done Eric, and well done Justin!
In the women's 500 free, Sam Maccherola earned a silver medal in 4:50.53, just .11 over the school record, while Jennifer Esposito placed fourth in 4:55.19. In the consolation final, Daniele Surkovich won with a time of 4:57.66 and Rebecca Godwin was third in 5:01.32.
With this event, UMBC moves into second place with 118 points, just eight behind Vermont.
Colbert Breaks 55-meter hurdles record in prelims - Friday, 6:07 p.m. - Imani Colbert continues her impressive freshman campaign with an 8.13 in the 55-meter hurdles, breaking the school record. She will be seeded second for the finals tomorrow and qualified for the ECAC Championships in March.
Arthur, Thomas and Powell Set IC4A Times in 200-meter Dash - Friday 5:45 p.m. - Adrian Arthur will representing the Retrievers in the IC4A Championships in two events after qualifying second in the 200-meter dash in 21.52, while Antonio Thomas and Jason Powell will join him after posting 21.87 and 22.21 times, respectively.
Those are some really fast times and it didn't even look like Arthur was going full speed at the end, so I can't wait to see what he does tomorrow.
Andrew Madison ran a great 5,000-meter run, finishing fifth in 15:06.74. The distance medley relay team of Anthony Kelhower, Josh Okoniewski, Chris Snyder and James Mildenberger finished fifth in an IC4A qualifying-time of 10:03.56.
We're back at the pool for the finals session, but we will be providing results from the track as well. This should be a very exciting night, with the possibility for more records to fall. Let's go Dawgs!
Arthur, Thomas Lead 60-meter Dash Prelims - Friday 4:45 p.m. - Adrian Arthur qualified for the IC4A Championships after a 6.44 time in the 60-meter dash. He will be seeded first for the Antonio Thomas is seeded third for the final tomorrow after finishing in a time of 6.50.
Brandon Ellerby qualified for the 400-meter dash final, while Joshua Hewitson qualified for the 500-meter dash.
The men's 5,000-meter run is currently being run, along with the men's pole vault and the men's long jump.
Heptathlon and Pentathlon Wrap up for the Day - Friday, 3:30 p.m. - After four events in the heptathlon, the Retrievers look to be in good shape, as UMBC holds the first, second and third positions. Jude Rene leads with 2,781 pts, while Matt Waters is second, 54 points behind and Michael Buccheri is third with 2,669 points. Dominic Devaud is sixth, but with the pole vault and hurdles to go, has a good chance to move up tomorrow.
Toni Boyd finished 12th in pentathlon, after suffering an apparent ankle injury in the 800-meter run, but showed true determination in finishing when you could tell she was in pain.
Just finished is the 55-meter hurdles, with Keith Brown winning his heat in an IC4A-qualifying time of 7.67. Both him, Dominic Devaud and Camal Pugh will all be in the final tomorrow, qualifying 2-3-4. Up next, the men's long jump, along with the men's 400- and 500-meter dash prelims. Also, the men's weight throw is currently on-going.
Welcome from the Track - Friday at 2:00 p.m. - After a quick lunch break and four and 1/2 block walk, we are live from track and field center. The UMBC squad has just shown up, while the pentathlon and heptathlon are currently underway.
Some notable performances in the heptathlon so far include Jude Rene winning the long jump portion with a leap of 6.72m (22'00.75"), Matt Waters placing second in the shot put with a throw of 11.55m (37'10.75") and Dominic Devaud finishing second in the 55-meter dash.
Toni Boyd is second in the pentathlon with two events to go after just winning the shot put with a throw of 12.69m (41'07.75").
More results to come from the track as the individual events start at 3:00. Hopefully these good results continue for the Retrievers.
50 Free Finals Wrap up Prelim Session - Friday, 12:15 p.m. - Eric Jones, Jason Mattingly and Milos Djukic have qualified for the championship final in the 50 free, while Sven Schneider and Zach Vonder Haar will be in the consolation final.
That will do it for the prelim session here, after a little lunch, we'll head over to the track and check in on the heptathlon and pentathlons going on right now. Individual events start at 3 p.m. Finals tonight at the pool start at 6 p.m. Back in a bit.
School Record in the 200 IM, Friday, 11:30 a.m. - We have a new school record in the men's 200 IM. Brad Reitz was the top qualifier in a time of 1:49.51. Dan Weston-Dawkes and Matt Mattingly also qualified for the final in 1:52.58 and 1:52.06, respectively.
Tereza Kaplanova qualified for the championship finals with the second fastest time in school history, 2:05.65. Julie Cantwell also qualified for the championship final in 2:09.35. Laura Rogers won her heat in 2:14.84, while Kate Chialastri finished hers in 2:15.62, both season-best times. Danielle Cruz and Joy Wilde both finished in season-best times of 2:10.50 and 2:13.01, respectively. Gaby Johnston qualified along with Cruz for the consolation final in 2:10.93. The times remain fast, so much so that Eric Jones, while waiting for the 50 free to come along, was walking around stunned when the times were announced.
The 50 free is coming fast and furious, these times should be ridiculous!
The fast times continue... - Friday, 10:50 a.m. - The new suits continue make a difference as Sam Maccherola qualified for the championship tonight in 4:51.96, the second fastest time in UMBC history! Jennifer Esposito finished in 4:55.81, more than 16 seconds faster than his previous best this season, while Cassie Dobrzanski had her best time this season by more than four seconds.
On the men's side, Justin Bronson qualified first in a time of 4:29.54. Mat Carson and Evan Roseberry had a very close race, finishing in 4:35.09 and 4:35.17, respectively. All three will respresent UMBC in championship finals. Tim Deklau, Danny Gray and Mark Garbowski all posted season-best times as well.
Next up is the 200 IM.
Welcome to day 2 of swimming and diving - Friday, 9:50 p.m. - Good morning from the Boston University Aquatic and Fitness Center pool deck. The swimming are preparing for this morning's prelim session. We'll be providing updates after each event.
Over at the track, the pentahlon and day one of the heptathlon starts at 10 a.m., while the individual events start at 3 p.m. Live results are available here, the UDB will be providing updates as well.
We're just about set to start the prelim session, first up is the 500 freestyle. Let's see how the new suits affect school records today!
Both teams break school records in 200 medley relay while finishing third - Thursday, 7:30 p.m. - The school records continue to fall as the women's side of Laura Tilman, Tereza Kaplanova, Lindsay Sherman and Ashley Miller finished in a time of 1:46.07, while the men's side of Sven Schnieder, Matt Mattingly, Zach Vonder Haar and Jason Mattingly touched in 1:31.31.
This leaves the men in third place with 101 points, 30 behind host Boston University, while the women are tied in third with 66, just four behind leader Vermont.
That will do it for tonight, let's see how many records fall tomorrow. Full results will be posted shortly, see you all tomorrow as we will go back and forth between the pool and the track.
Grippi, Hamel Place 7th, 8th in Men's 1-meter Diving - Thursday, 7:13 p.m. - UMBC divers Dan Grippi and Matt Hamel both qualified for the finals toinght with Grippi coming in eighth in the finals and Hamel finishing seventh. Well done gentlemen!
200 medley relays are up next.
Retrievers Set School Records in 800 free relays - Thursday, 6:35 p.m. - What an exciting way to start this weekend off. First the women's relay team of Daniele Surkovich, Sarah Ryan, Abbey McKinney and Sam Maccherola placed second in 800 free relay in 7:25.37.
Then just as the men's relay was going to begin, anchor Justin Bronson's new LZR Raser suit ripped in the back, so he had to change into his old suit while the race was going on!
Eric Jones led off with an incredible 1:39.85 and after Evan Roseberry and Keilan Freeman, Bronson finished off a UMBC win in 6:39.18, a new school record, as the rest of the Retrievers gave off a rousing ovation, led by Joy Wilde. The men's 1-meter diving finals is going on right now, and the 200 medley relays will be at 7:15. If this is how its going to go all weekend, we're in for a treat!
Swimming 800 Freestyle Relay Next - Thursday, 5:58 p.m. -- The Retrievers are huddled up after head coach Chad Cradock makes his final speech as we are getting ready for the 800 freestyle relay. The Boston University pep band is here providing some musical entertainment.
UMBC will be looking to get off to a good start here. The women's school record is 7:30.14, while the men's record is 6:42.44.
Thursday, 5:35 p.m. -- Welcome from Boston University. The men's 1-meter diving is currently on going, and the swimming first session is set to begin with the 800 freestyle relay at 6 p.m.. UDB will be back right shortly before 6, so stay tuned!