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RETRIEVER SWIMMING AND DIVING HOSTS BUCKNELL SATURDAY
Geza Szabo and the Retrievers host Bucknell Saturday.
Baltimore, Md.-After a two-week break, the UMBC men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams return to action Saturday, Dec. 3, as they host non-conference foe Bucknell at 1 p.m. at the UMBC Natatorium. The women enter the meet with a perfect 6-0 dual meet record, while the men are 3-3.
A Look Ahead
Saturday, December 3 – Bucknell at UMBC, 1 p.m., UMBC Natatorium: Bucknell’s men head into Saturday’s meet with a 1-1 record, while the women are 2-0. The Bison are coming off the Bucknell Damon’s Trials/Finals Invitational, where the women placed second and the men finished third. Earlier in the season, the Bison men lost, 193-107, to the same Navy team which edged UMBC by nine points Oct. 29, While Bucknell’s women defeated the Mids, 155-143, not long after the Retriever women dominated Navy. Both Bison teams were ranked in the first Mid-Major Power Rankings of the season, as the men were picked 11th and the women 16th.
Last Time for the Retrievers
Friday-Sunday, November 18-20 – George Mason Patriot Invitational,
UMBC had eight individual victories and four relay wins on the weekend. Senior Geza Szabo (
UMBC Records Falling
Thirteen school records have fallen already this season, including all four diving marks and four of five women’s relay records. Junior Jeff Salgado (Glen Rock, Pa./South Western/St. Bonaventure) shattered Kevin Firman’s six-year-old 1-meter mark of 281.77 by nearly 20 points with a score of 301.65 against Binghamton on Nov. 5, and his score of 301.28 on the 3-meter board at the same meet bested his own record of 300.98, which he had set just a week earlier against Navy. On the women’s side, junior Ashley Houghton (
The 50-yard freestyle record fell three times in a matter of hours on the first day of the George Mason Patriot Invitational Nov. 18. Surkovich swam a 24.13 in the preliminaries, besting teammate Lindsey Engler’s 24.24, which was set last season. Just minutes later, freshman Robin Klein (
Sophomore Sackett took down four individual school records in the month of November. First she shattered UMBC’s 16-year-old 1,000-yard freestyle record by nearly 12 seconds, swimming a time of 10:04.92 at Seton Hall Nov. 6. Sue Herzog’s 10:16.71 had stood as the school best since 1989. Sackett next broke Herzog’s 500-free mark of 4:54.20, also set in 1989, against
The Retriever women also broke four of five school relay records at the George Mason Patriot Invitational. Klein, Engler, senior Elyse Gibson (
Retrievers Make NCAA Cuts
Salgado and Houghton have each qualified for the NCAA Zone Regionals. Salgado made the cut on the 1-meter board with his score of 301.65. He needed a 300 to qualify. Houghton has achieved the cut on both boards, as her scores of 271.50 on the 1-meter and 293.40 on the 3-meter surpass the qualifying marks of 265 and 280, respectively. In addition, Sackett has achieved a ‘B’ cut in both the 500-free and 1,650-free with her time of 4:50.42 and 16:47.07, respectively.
UMBC Ranks High in First Mid-Major Poll
The Retriever men and women both rank in the top 10 in the first Mid-Major Division I Power Ranking of the season, which was released Wednesday. The women are third, less than three-tenths of a point behind second-place
The Power Rankings are a relative indication of a team’s strength in dual meets. The mid-major poll supports institutions that do not benefit from large football and basketball television agreements and are based on each team’s best dual meet lineup as judged and submitted by participating teams.
Retrievers Garner Weekly Conference Honors
Sackett has swept the America East Women’s Swimmer of the Week honors for each of the first four weeks the conference has handed out the awards this season. She earned the honor on Nov. 1 after winning eight events in three meets and coming within six-hundredths of a second of breaking UMBC’s 500-free mark, then 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. On Nov. 15, Sackett received the award for a third time after winning the 200- and 500-free and the 400-free relay against
Houghton was named America East Women’s Diver of the Week each of the first three weeks of the season after sweeping the diving events at all six of UMBC’s dual meets for a total of 12 individual victories, including her record-breaking performance against Navy.
Three UMBC men have also earned conference performer of the week nods. 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
Retrievers Crack Top 100
Several Retrievers have cracked the top 100 fastest times in the country this season. Sackett leads the way with two times in the top 25: she is 21st in the women’s 1,650-free (16:47.07) and 23rd in the women’s 500-free (4:50.42). She also has the 83rd-best time in the 200-free (1:51.22). Other swimmers in the top 50 include Karrer, who is 31st in the men’s 1,650-free (15:46.98); Szabo, who is 40th in the men’s 200-fly (1:50.28); and Stanislawska, who is 45th in the women’s 100-breast (1:04.25) and 48th in the women’s 200-breast (2:18.55). Stanislawska is also 60th in the women’s 200-IM (2:05.03) and 82nd in the women’s 200-back (2:03.54). Other Retrievers in the top 100 include Roseberry, who is 59th in the men’s 1,650-free (15:59.52); Bronson, who is 65th in the men’s 500-free (4:32.20); sophomore Scott Auchter (
In addition, all five of UMBC’s relays on both the men’s and women’s side rank in the top 100. The women’s 800-free relay leads the way at 27th (7:34.75), followed by the men’s 800-free relay at 32 (6:52.21). The women’s 400-free relay is 43rd (3:29.02), while the women’s 200-free relay is 49th (1:36.48) and both the women’s 200- and 400-medley relays are 61st (1:47.67 and 3:55.20, respectively). On the men’s side, the 400-medley relay is 47th (3:25.39), while the 400-free relay is 56th (3:07.88), the 200-medley relay is 60th (1:34.75) and the 200-free relay is 63rd (1:25.45).
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, Klein in the 50-free at New Hampshire, Surkovich in the 50- and 100-free against Navy, Bronson in the 200-free against Navy, Milos Djukic (Novi Sad, Serbia & Montenegro/Svetozar Markovic) in the 100-free at New Hampshire, Reitz in the 200-breast against Navy and Roseberry 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 (
Other than the preliminaries of the 100-free at the George Mason Patriot Invitational, Sackett has won every individual event which she has swum this season, including the 100-free once, the 200-free seven times, the 500-free six times, the 1,000-free and 1,650-free once each and the 200-fly three times. In addition, Szabo has won the 200-fly six of the seven times he has swum it this season. Before the GMU Invite, Houghton had won every diving event of the season and Salgado had swept the boards in the four previous meets. Karrer has also won the 1,000-free at each meet this season and won the 500-free the first five times he swam it before the Patriot Invite.
At 6-0, 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 3-3 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… The Retriever men broke three Swasey Pool records in the Oct. 30 dual meet at
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. Engler 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 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.
Saturday, Nov. 12 – UMBC 146.5,
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.
Saturday, Nov. 12 – UMBC 94,
UMBC will have nearly six weeks off for training before resuming its dual meet schedule by hosting regional foe Howard on Jan. 11.