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MENíS SWIMMING AND DIVING COMPLETES UMBCíS FIRST UNDEFEATED SEASON, WOMEN WIN FOURTH STRAIGHT
Jakub Srocynski paced the men's team to a perfect 10-0 mark with two individual event wins on Saturday.
Baltimore, Md. Ė The UMBC Menís Swimming and Diving team completed UMBCís first perfect undefeated season by a team in their 19-year Division-I era with a 136.5-105.5 win over Johns Hopkins on Saturday afternoon. The Retrievers finished dual meet competition at 10-0 while Johnís
The Retriever menís team, who entered the meet ranked eighth in mid-majors by Collegeswimming.com, was led by Jakub Srocyznksi as the senior took first place in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 1:44.37, the 200 yard backstroke in 1:54.43 and anchored the Retrieversí 400 yard freestyle relay team that placed first in 3:15.81 as Srocyznski recorded the two best 50-yard splits in the race.
Other first place finishers by the men was Ryan Karrer in the 1,000 yard freestyle in 9:48.01, Kunakorn Yimsomruay in the 200 yard IM in 1:56.49, Jeffrey Salgado in the 1-meter diving event with a score of 244.35 and the 3-meter diving event with a score of 297.75 and Geza Szabo in the 200 yard butterfly in 1:54.84.
The UMBC womenís team started off their fourth-straight victory by scorching the competition in the opening event, the 400-yard medley relay, as the Retriever quartet comprised of Amber Harris, Lindsey Prather, Jessica Prosen and Agnes Stanislawska finished in 4:00.88, topping second place by nearly nine seconds.
Stanislawska went on to win two more events for the Retrievers, taking first in the 200 yard freestyle in 1:54.25 and the 100 yard breaststroke in 1:06.17. Harris won the 100 yard backstroke in 1:00.18 and Prather placed first in the 200 yard IM in 2:12.66.
The UMBC diving teams set two new school records, both in the 3-meter diving event. Jeffrey Salgado's score of 297.75 for the men and Katie Spohnholz' mark of 270.60 on the women's side are new UMBC top scores in the 3-meter diving event.
This season the menís swimming and diving team defeated Johnís Hopkins, William & Mary, Rider, Navy, Binghamton, Seton Hall, Towson, Howard, George Washington, and Marist. Previously, only the 1999 UMBC menís soccer team has come close to a perfect year, finishing the regular season at 19-0-1, before bowing out in a 4-3 overtime loss to Duke in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament.
While the UMBC menís team finishes with a perfect 10-0 season, their year is not finished yet as they will aim for their eighth consecutive conference title and defend their America East crown at the America East Conference Championships held at UMBC on Feb. 18-21. The UMBC womenís team will look to move up from their second place conference finish last year.