UMBC SWIMMING AND DIVING ON THE ROAD FOR TWO MEETS THIS WEEKEND
Milos Djukic broke two pool records at New Hampshire last weekend.
Baltimore, Md.-The UMBC men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are on the road twice this weekend, as they face America East foe Binghamton on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 12 p.m. in Vestal, N.Y., before heading to South Orange, N.J., for a non-conference dual meet against Seton Hall at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6. The men enter the weekend 1-2 on the season after picking up their first win last Sunday against New Hampshire, while the women are a perfect 3-0 after knocking off Navy and defending America East champion New Hampshire last weekend.
A Look Ahead
Saturday, Nov. 5 – UMBC at Binghamton, 12 p.m., Koessler Athletic Center Pool: Binghamton’s men enter Saturday’s meet 3-0, while the women are 1-2 on the season. The Retrievers and Bearcats have faced off in dual meets in each of the last two seasons, with UMBC’s men and women both winning each year. Last season, the women were victorious, 148-75, while the men won by a score of 142-96. At the 2005 America East Championships, Binghamton’s men scored 611 points to finish a distant second to the Retrievers’ conference-record 920 points. The Bearcat women finished seventh at the league meet with 212 points, 290 behind third-place UMBC’s 502. Freshman diver Ryan Graham was named this season’s first America East Men’s Diver of the Week.
Sunday, Nov. 6 – UMBC at Seton Hall, 2 p.m., Arthur E. Imperatore Natatorium: The Pirates are coming off their season-opening meet at Villanova, with the men winning and the women falling to the Wildcats. The Retrievers faced Seton Hall last season, with the men and women sweeping the meet by scores of 142-95 and 143-98, respectively.
Divers Break Records
Three UMBC diving records fell on Oct. 29 against Navy. With a score of 293.40, junior Ashley Houghton (Frederick, Md./Urbana/Pittsburgh) shattered teammate Katie Spohnholz’s previous 3-meter record of 270.60, set last season. Houghton also broke Tammy Hendricks’ seven-year-old 1-meter mark of 271.50 with her score of 273.59. On the men’s side, junior Jeff Salgado (Glen Rock, Pa./South Western/St. Bonaventure) scored a 300.98 on the 3-meter board to break his own school record of 287.75, set last season.
Retrievers Garner Three of First Four Weekly Conference Honors
The America East handed out its first Performers of the Week awards of the season on Nov. 1, covering all meets to date, and the Retrievers took home three of the four weekly honors. Houghton was named Women’s Diver of the Week after her record-breaking performance at Navy, in addition to a total of six wins in three meets. Junior Ryan Karrer (Linwood, N.J./Mainland Regional) was named Men’s Swimmer of the Week after sweeping the distance freestyle events in all three meets and breaking New Hampshire’s Swasey Pool record in the 1,000-free, while sophomore Meghan Sackett (Cockeysville, Md./Dulaney/Maryland) was tabbed Women’s Swimmer of the Week after winning eight events in three meets and coming within six-hundredths of a second of breaking UMBC’s 16-year-old 500-free mark.
Lady Retrievers Knock Off Defending Champs
UMBC’s women defeated defending America East champion New Hampshire, 141-102, on Oct. 30, to remain perfect at 3-0 on the season. The Wildcats had not lost a dual meet since Jan. 19, 2004, at Northeastern, a streak of nine consecutive dual meet victories. The Retrievers won all but four events on the day.
Karrer and Sackett cracked the NCAA’s top 50 times of the 2005-06 campaign last weekend. Karrer swam a time of 9:33.04 in the 1,000-free against New Hampshire, which ranks him 46th in the country in that event, while Sackett’s 4:54.26 in the 500-free against Navy is the 21st-best time in the nation this season… Four Retrievers have won every event in which they have competed thus far this season. Houghton and Karrer have swept all six diving and distance events, respectively, while Sackett has won the 200-free and 200-fly three times and the 500-free twice. Junior Agnes Stanislawska (Zielona Gora, Poland/LO VI Zielona Gora) also is undefeated, as the versatile swimmer won two events at each of UMBC’s first three meets… The Retriever men broke three Swasey Pool records in the Oct. 30 dual meet at New Hampshire. Karrer set the 1,000-free mark at 9:33.04, while the 400-medley relay team of freshman Milos Djukic (Novi Sad, Serbia & Montenegro/Svetozar Markovic), sophomore Scott Auchter (Wernersville, Pa./Wilson), freshman Justin Bronson (Oshawa, Ontario, Canada/MSGR. Paul Dwyer) and senior Adam Blais (Westbrook, Maine/Westbrook) lowered the pool mark with a time of 3:34.59. In addition, Djukic’s leadoff split of 52.65 in the 100-back was a new pool record… The men open the season 1-2 for the first time since the 2002-03 campaign. They rebounded from a rough start that year to finish with a 9-3 overall record and the Northeast Conference title.
A Look Back: Women
Saturday Oct. 22 – UMBC 146, Rider 95: The Retriever women defeated host Rider, 146-95. Stanislawska, Houghton and Sackett led the way with two individual victories apiece. Sophomore Lindsey Engler (Salisbury, Md./James M. Bennett) was the only other individual winner for UMBC, which also swept the relay events.
Saturday, Oct. 29 – UMBC 141, Navy 96: The Retriever women dominated Navy at UMBC Natatorium, winning all but one event to hand the Mids their first lost of the season. Sackett won three events, while Houghton, Stanislawska and freshman Daniele Surkovich (Ellicott City, Md./Wilde Lake) won two apiece, with Houghton breaking both diving records. Sophomore Rachel Lesslie (Kingston, Ontario, Canada/Holy Cross) was the only other individual winner for UMBC, which also swept the relays.
Sunday, Oct. 30 – UMBC 141, New Hampshire 102: The visiting Retrievers defeated the defending America East champions by winning all but four events at New Hampshire. Sackett came away with three individual victories, while Stanislawska and Houghton each won two and freshman Robin Klein (McMinnville, Ore./McMinnville) won the first event of her collegiate career. UMBC also won the 400-free relay.
A Look Back: Men
Saturday, Oct. 22 – Rider 130.5, UMBC 110.5: The Retriever men fell to host Rider, 130.5-110.5. The loss broke a streak of 21 straight victories which dated to Nov. 1, 2003, when they were edged by Navy, 122-121. Karrer swept the distance freestyle events, while senior Geza Szabo (Szolnok, Hungary/Ady Endre Gimnazium) took the 200-fly. UMBC also won the 400-free relay.
Saturday, Oct. 29 – Navy 127, UMBC 116: The meet came down to the final event of the afternoon, the 400-free relay, but Navy’s ‘A’ team beat host UMBC’s ‘A’ team by two and a half seconds to eke out the victory. Karrer swept the distance events, while Bronson, freshman Freddie Reitz (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) and junior transfer Juan Ortiz (Cali, Columbia/Indian River CC) each one the first events of their UMBC careers, and Szabo won the 200-fly for the second consecutive meet. Salgado finished second in both diving events, breaking the school 3-meter mark.
Sunday, Oct. 30 – UMBC 96, New Hampshire 63: The visiting Retrievers picked up their first dual meet victory of the season at host New Hampshire, sweeping the meet and breaking three Swasey Pool records in the process. Karrer and Salgado swept the distance and diving events, respectively, while freshman Evan Roseberry (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson) picked up the first two individual victories of his career and Blais won his first two events of the season. Djukic also won the first event of his career, while junior Brian Jaeggi (Newmarket, Ontario, Canada/Sacred Heart) picked up his first individual victory of the season. The Retrievers also won both relays.