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RETRIEVER SWIMMING AND DIVING HOSTS TOWSON SATURDAY
Justin Bronson and the Retrievers host Towson on Saturday.
A Look Ahead
Saturday, Nov. 12 – UMBC vs.
UMBC Records Falling
All four of UMBC’s diving records have fallen already this season. Junior Jeff Salgado (Glen Rock,
Retrievers Garner Five of First Eight Weekly Conference Honors
Sackett and Houghton both earned America East Performer of the Week honors for each of the first two weeks the conference has handed out the awards this season. Sackett was tabbed Women’s Swimmer of the Week on Nov. 1 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. She garnered the honor again on Nov. 8 after her record-breaking performance at Seton Hall, in which she defeated her closest competition by nearly 30 seconds in the 1,000-free, swimming the event for the first time this season, and also won two other events on the weekend. Houghton has twice been named Women’s Diver of the Week after sweeping the diving events at all five of UMBC’s dual meets this season for a total of 10 individual victories, including her record-breaking performance against Navy. In addition, junior Ryan Karrer (Linwood, N.J./Mainland Regional) was named Men’s Swimmer of the Week on Nov. 1 after sweeping the distance freestyle events in each of the Retrievers’ first three meets and breaking
Lady Retrievers Knock Off Defending Champs
UMBC’s women defeated defending America East champion
Three Retrievers have won every event in which they have competed thus far this season. Houghton and Karrer have swept all 10 diving and distance events, respectively, while Sackett has won the 200-free four times, the 500-free and 200-fly four times each and the 1,000-free once.
Though not undefeated, four other Retrievers are on modest winning streaks of their own. Salgado has swept the diving events in each of the last three meets, while junior Agnes Stanislawska (Zielona Gora, Poland/LO VI Zielona Gora) has won the 200-breast the last three times she has swum it and freshman Milos Djukic (Novi Sad, Serbia & Montenegro/Svetozar Markovic) won the 200-back in both meets last weekend. In addition, senior Geza Szabo (Szolnok, Hungary/Ady Endre Gimnazium) has won the 200-fly three of the four times he has swum it and narrowly missed that fourth consecutive victory by four-hundredths of a second to Binghamton’s David Holmes.
A number of Retriever newcomers have picked up the first victories of their UMBC careers in the early parts of the 2005-06 campaign, including junior Brian Jaeggi (Newmarket, Ontario, Canada/Sacred Heart) in the 200-back at New Hampshire and freshmen Tina Cantwell (Sinking Spring, Pa./The Hill School) in the 200-breast at Binghamton, Robin Klein (McMinnville, Ore./McMinnville) in the 50-free at New Hampshire, Daniele Surkovich (Ellicott City, Md./Wilde Lake) in the 50- and 100-free against Navy, Bronson in the 200-free against Navy, Djukic in the 100-free at New Hampshire, Freddie Reitz (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) in the 200-breast against Navy and Evan Roseberry (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson) in the 200-free and 200-fly at New Hampshire. In addition, transfers Houghton and Sackett each picked up their first Retriever wins in the first meet of the season at Rider and junior transfer Juan Ortiz (
At 5-0, the women are off to their best start since 2003-04, when they won the first eight dual meets of the season and finished the year 12-1… The men open the season 2-3 for the first time since the 2000-01 campaign. They rebounded from a rough start that year to finish with a 7-4 overall record and Northeast Conference and Eastern College Athletic Conference titles… Karrer and Sackett cracked the NCAA’s top 50 times of the 2005-06 campaign two weekends ago. Karrer swam a time of 9:33.04 in the 1,000-free against
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 (
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 Surkovich won two apiece, with Houghton breaking both diving records. Sophomore Rachel Lesslie (
Sunday, Oct. 30 – UMBC 141,
Saturday, Nov. 5 – UMBC 166,
Sunday, Nov. 6 – UMBC 143, Seton Hall 98: The Retriever women defeated host Seton Hall, 143-98. Sackett swept the distance freestyle events, shattering the 1,000-free record in the process. Surkovich and Houghton also won two events each, while Harris, Engler and Stanislawska each took one. UMBC again swept the relays.
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 Szabo 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, Reitz and Ortiz each won 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 Roseberry picked up the first two individual victories of his career and Blais won his first two events of the season. Djukic and Jaeggi also won the first events of their careers and the Retrievers won both relays.
Saturday, Nov. 5 – Binghamton 123, UMBC 120: Another meet coming down to the final relay, another meet resulting in a Retriever loss, as visiting UMBC was edged by America East rival Binghamton, which finished second at the 2005 conference championship. Salgado broke both diving records, while Karrer swept the distance events and Djukic won the 200-back.
Sunday, Nov. 6 – UMBC 143, Seton Hall 84: The visiting Retrievers defeated host Seton Hall in convincing fashion, taking all but three events. Karrer and Salgado again won two events apiece, while Djukic, Bronson, Szabo, Blais and Reitz each won one. UMBC also swept the relays.