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MENíS SWIMMING & DIVING IMPROVES TO 3-0 WITH 122-121 VICTORY OVER NAVY
Geza Szabo led UMBC's 1-2-3 attack in the 200 butterfly.
Ė The UMBC menís swimming and diving team avenged last yearís one point loss to Navy by defeating the Midshipmen this afternoon, 122-121. With the win, UMBC improved to 3-0 on the season, while Navy suffered its first defeat in four contests this season.
The Retrievers quickly jumped out to a 26-10 lead by placing first and third in both the 400-meter medley relay and in the 800-meter freestyle. The Mids fought their way back and eventually held a 48-45 lead after the fifth event, the 50-meter freestyle. Navy began its run by claiming the top-three places in the one-meter diving event, led by first-place finisher Kevin Teague with a score of 299.77. UMBC's Jakub Sroczynski held off Navy's Tyler Hill to win the 200-meter freestyle, 153.10-155.61, but the Mids gained valuable points in the event as Andrew Thorn placed third and Danny Flemming placed fourth. Mike Linn then helped Navy win 13 of a possible 16 points by winning the 50-meter freestyle in a time of 23.54.
UMBC reclaimed the lead after the 200-meter individual medley, won by Karn Yisomruay, and would hold it until Navy took an 85-84 lead after nine of the 13 events. After Teague won the three-meter diving with a score of 382.20, a 100-point margin of victory, UMBC went 1-2-3 in dominating the 200-meter butterfly, won by Geza Szabo in a 2:06.11 clocking. Linn quickly bounced back from his 50 free win by capturing the 100-meter freestyle in a time of 52.89. With Hill placing third and Brad Penley placing fourth in the contest, the Mids had taken their one-point lead.
The lead would be short lived, though, as Sroczynski won the 200-meter backstroke (2:04.46) and teammate Ryan Karrer won the 400-meter freestyle (4:03.52) to give UMBC a 106-101 lead after 11 events. The Retrievers would extend their lead to 120-106 by placing first (Yisomruary, 2:25.31), third and fourth in the last individual event of the meet, the 200-meter breaststroke. Needing only to complete the race to win the meet, UMBC placed third in the 400-meter freestyle relay to seal the victory.
The UMBC men return to action on Saturday, November 6, when they host