Meghan Sackett broke her second school record in as many days on day two of the Patriot Invitational.
Fairfax, Va.-After breaking three school records Friday on day one of competition at the George Mason Patriot Invitational, the UMBC women’s swimming and diving team lowered three more on the second day, yet fell to third overall in team standings with 456 points, behind Yale (530) and Duke (487). The men maintained second place with 504 team points, trailing only Yale’s 650.
Sophomore Meghan Sackett (Cockeysville, Md./Dulaney/Maryland) broke her second school record in as many days, this time taking down teammate Agnes Stanislawska’s 200-free mark by four-hundredths of a second with a time of 1:51.22. Stanislawska’s 1:51.26 had stood for two seasons. Sackett also set a new Patriot Invite record in the 200-free during the morning preliminary session, then reset that mark at the evening finals as she won the event. Sackett broke the UMBC and invitational 500-free records on Friday.
Two school relay records also fell during the evening session. Freshman Daniele Surkovich (Ellicott City, Md./WildeLake), Stanislawska, freshman Robin Klein (McMinnville, Ore./McMinnville) and Sackett lowered UMBC’s 11-year-old 800-free relay record by nearly two seconds, winning the event in 7:34.75. The previous mark of 7:36.64 had stood since 1994. The Retrievers also set a new Patriot Invite records with their time.
In addition, Stanislawska, Klein, Sackett and sophomore Lindsey Engler (Salisbury, Md./James M. Bennett) swam a 1:47.57 in the 200-medley relay, finishing third and besting the previous school mark of 1:48.06, which had stood since 2003.
Stanislawska was the Retrievers’ only other winner on the day, as she took the 100-breast in 1:04.25. Klein and freshman Tina Cantwell (Sinking Spring, Pa./The Hill School) placed third and fourth in the event with times of 1:05.40 and 1:05.74, respectively.
Other finalists for the women included junior diver Ashley Houghton (Frederick, Md./Urbana/Pittsburgh), who placed third on the 3-meter board (247.80); Surkovich, who came in fourth in the 100-fly (57.91); and senior Amber Harris (Rochester, N.Y./Greece Arcadia), who finished sixth in the 100-back (59.26).
The Retriever men were led by the 800-free relay team of freshman Evan Roseberry (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson), junior Juan Ortiz (Cali, Columbia/Indian River CC), senior Adam Blais (Westbrook, Maine/Westbrook) and freshman Justin Bronson (Oshawa, Ontario, Canada/MSGR. Paul Dwyer), who won the event in 6:52.21.
Bronson also swam in two individual championship heats, placing eighth in the 100-fly (51.94) and third in the 200-free (1:42.01). Senior Geza Szabo (Szolnok, Hungary/Ady Endre Gimnazium) and sophomore Eric Skrabacz (Hollywood, Md./Leonardtown) placed fourth and seventh, respectively, in the 100-fly with times of 50.94 and 51.83, while Ortiz came in fifth in the 200-free (1:42.19).
Other finalists for the men included Roseberry, who placed sixth in the 400-IM (4:08.74); sophomore Scott Auchter (Wernersville, Pa./Wilson), who took second in the 100-breast (57.72); senior Ian Carey (Glenside, Pa./LaSalle College HS), who finished fifth in the 100-breast (58.54); and freshman Milos Djukic (Novi Sad, Serbia & Montenegro/Svetozar Markovic), who came in fifth in the 100-back (52.48).
Finally, the men’s 200-medley relay team of Djukic, Auchter, Szabo and junior Tim Conway (Brick, N.J./Brick Township Memorial) placed third with a time of 1:34.75.
The George Mason Patriot Invitational concludes Sunday, with preliminaries starting at and finals beginning at