Jeff Salgado broke his own school record in 3-meter diving.
Agnes Stanislawska won two individual events for the Retrievers.
Baltimore, Md.-The UMBC men’s swimming and diving team defeated East Carolina, 143-95, for their fifth straight win Saturday afternoon at the UMBC Natatorium, while the Retriever women suffered their first loss of the season, 129-114. The men improve their record to 6-3 overall, while the women fall to 8-1.
Junior Jeff Salgado (Glen Rock, Pa./South Western/St. Bonaventure) broke his own school 3-meter diving record with a score of 314.85 to win the event. He set the previous mark at 301.28 on Nov. 5 at Binghamton. It is the third time this season Salgado has reset the 3-meter record. Salgado also won the 1-meter competition with a score of 305.77.
Freshman Justin Bronson (Oshawa, Ontario/Msgr. Paul Dwyer) and junior Ryan Karrer (Linwood, N.J./Mainland Regional) also won two events for the Retrievers, as Bronson took the 100-free (47.10) and the 200-free (1:42.24), while Karrer swept the distance events with times of 4:40.10 in the 500-free and 9:47.86 in the 1,000-free.
Seniors Adam Blais (Westbrook, Maine/Westbrook), Geza Szabo (Szolnok, Hungary/Ady Endre Gimnazium) and Ian Carey (Glenside, Pa./LaSalle College HS) went out in style on Senior Day, as they each picked up individual victories. Blais took the 200-IM in 1:57.30, while Szabo won the 200-fly in 1:51.00 and Carey claimed his first win of the season, taking the 200-breast in 2:11.47.
The Retrievers also swept the relays, with freshman Milos Djukic (Novi Sad, Serbia & Montenegro/Svetozar Markovic), sophomore Scott Auchter (Wernersville, Pa./Wilson), Szabo and junior Juan Ortiz (Cali, Colombia/Indian River CC) taking the 400-medley relay in 3:30.08, and junior Tim Conway (Brick, N.J./Brick Township Memorial), Blais, Ortiz and Bronson winning the 400-free relay in 3:10.81.
The 400-medley relay, the first event of the meet, provided much excitement, as UMBC’s ‘A’ team overcame a nearly two-second deficit after the first leg to defeat East Carolina’s ‘A’ team by nearly nine-tenths of a second. The victory seemed to give the Retrievers the momentum, as they went on to win all but two events on the afternoon.
The Retriever women were paced by sophomore Meghan Sackett (Cockeysville, Md./Dulaney/Maryland) and junior Agnes Stanislawska (Zielona Gora, Poland/LO VI Zielona Gora). Sackett swept the distance events with times of 4:59.00 in the 500-free and 10:12.59 in the 1,000-free, while Stanislawska won both the 200-breast (2:20.18) and the 200-IM (2:06.25).
Junior diver Ashley Houghton (Frederick, Md./Urbana/Pittsburgh) won the 3-meter competition with a score of 244.50, while freshman Daniele Surkovich (Ellicott City, Md./Wilde Lake) tied with East Carolina’s Adrienne Williams to win the 50-free in 24.23.
The Retrievers also won the 400-free relay, as sophomore Lindsey Engler (Salisbury, Md./James M. Bennett), freshman Robin Klein (McMinnville, Ore./McMinnville), senior Elyse Gibson (Nova Scotia, Canada/Queen Elizabeth) and Surkovich swam a time of 3:32.27.
Before the meet, the Retrievers honored seniors Blais, Carey, Gibson, Szabo, Amber Harris (Rochester, N.Y./Greece Arcadia), Joe Raymond (Laurel, Md./DeMatha) and Nebojsa Zimonjic (Belgrade, Serbia & Montenegro/Calvert Hall/CCBC-Essex), who swam in front of their home fans for the final time.
The Retrievers return to the pool next Saturday, Jan. 28, at 12 p.m., as they travel to Poughkeepsie, N.Y., to take on Marist in the final dual meet of the season.