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THREE SCHOOL RECORDS FALL ON FIRST DAY OF GEORGE MASON PATRIOT INVITATIONAL; MENíS AND WOMENíS SWIMMING AND DIVNG TEAMS IN SECOND PLACE
Daniele Surkovich broke the UMBC 50-free record twice on day one of the Patriot Invitational.
Meghan Sackett broke the school 500-free mark for the second time in as many meets.
Fairfax, Va.-The UMBC menís and womenís swimming and diving teams are both in second place after the first day of competition at the George Mason Patriot Invitational. The men have totaled 221 points and sit 72 points behind first-place Yale (293), while the women have amassed 198 points and trail front-runner Duke (206) by just eight points. In addition, the Retriever women broke three UMBC school records in the evening session.
The story of the day was the womenís 50-free, as the school mark fell three times in a matter of hours. Freshman Daniele Surkovich (
Sophomore Meghan Sackett (
Finally, the womenís 200-free relay team of Klein, Engler, senior Elyse Gibson (
The only other finalist for the women was junior Agnes Stanislawska (
On the menís side, freshmen Justin Bronson (
In the 200-IM, senior Adam Blais (
Finally, the menís 200-free relay of freshman Milos Djukic (Novi Sad, Serbia & Montenegro/Svetozar Markovic), Blais, Ortiz and Conway came in third (1:25.45), while the 400-medley relay of Djukic, sophomore Scott Auchter (Wernersville, Pa./Wilson), senior Geza Szabo (Szolnok, Hungary/Ady Endre Gimnazium) and Bronson also placed third (3:25.39).
ďIím so happy with the way the teams are swimming,Ē head coach Chad Cradock said. ďSince Iíve been head coach at UMBC, this is the best day weíve had for both the menís and womenís programs together. Both teams are doing so well.Ē
Action continues Saturday, with prelims starting at 10 a.m. and finals beginning at 6 p.m.
Team Rankings - Through Event 12
Female Team Scores
1 DUKE 206
2 UMBC 198
4 UNCW 147
5 GEORGE MASON 133
6 SHIPPENSBURG 57
7 GEORGE WASHINGTON 45
7 SETON HALL 45
11 AMERICAN 22
Male Team Scores
2 UMBC 221
3 UNCW 210
4 DUKE 130
5 GEORGE MASON 105
6 GEORGE WASHINGTON 82
7 SETON HALL 73
8 SHIPPENSBURG 40
10 AMERICAN 38