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SWIMMING AND DIVING CONCLUDES DUAL MEET SCHEDULE AT MARIST
Agnes Stanislawska and the Retrievers head to Marist for their dual meet finale.
A Look Ahead
Saturday, January 28 – UMBC at Marist, 12 p.m., McCann Natatorium: Marist’s men head into the meet with a 7-1 overall record, their one loss coming Nov. 5 at Rider, the same team that handed the Retriever men their first loss of the season. The Red Foxes are coming off a 130-113 win over Southern Connecticut State on Jan. 21 in which two swimmers recorded the MAAC’s fastest times of the season. The Marist women enter the meet a perfect 9-0 in dual meets, most recently a 152-89 victory over SCSU.
Last Time for the Retrievers
Saturday, Jan. 21 – Men: UMBC 143, East Carolina 95; Women: East Carolina 129, UMBC 114: In their final home meet of the season, the Retriever men picked up their fifth straight win, while the women suffered their first loss of the season. Junior Jeff Salgado (Glen Rock,
The Retriever women were paced by sophomore Meghan Sackett (
UMBC Records Falling
Thirteen school records have fallen already this season, including all four diving marks and four of five women’s relay records. Salgado has broken the 1-meter mark three times this season. Most recently, he scored 350.55 against Howard, smashing his previous mark of 310.28, which he had set against Bucknell last month. He reset the record for the first time at
On the women’s side, Houghton smashed teammate Katie Spohnholz’s previous 3-meter record of 270.60, set last season, with her own score of 293.40 against Navy on Oct. 29. Houghton also broke Tammy Hendricks’ seven-year-old 1-meter mark of 271.50 with her score of 273.59 in the same meet.
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 (
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 350.55. 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.
New Year’s in the Sunshine State
During their five-week hiatus from competition, the Retrievers spent a week training in
UMBC Ranks High in Mid-Major Poll
The Retriever men and women both rank in the top 10 in the Mid-Major Division I Power Ranking. After opening the season at the No. 3 spot, the women are fourth in the latest poll, less than three-tenths of a point behind third-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 won four consecutive America East Women’s Swimmer of the Week honors to open the 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 during that time for a total of 12 individual victories, including her record-breaking performance against Navy. She also earned the honor on Jan. 17 after winning both diving events against Howard.
Salgado has earned the last two America East Men’s Diver of the Week awards and three overall this season. On Nov. 15, he was tabbed Men’s Co-Diver of the Week after sweeping the diving events against
Karrer has won the America East Men’s Swimmer of the Week award twice this season, the first coming on Nov. 1 after sweeping the distance freestyle events in each of the Retrievers’ first three dual meets and breaking New Hampshire’s Swasey Pool record in the 1,000-free. He garnered the honor again on Dec. 6 after sweeping the distance events against Bucknell for the fifth time this season.
Finally, Bronson was named Men’s Co-Swimmer of the Week on Nov. 15 after winning both the 200- and 500-free against
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 three times in the top 50: she is 29th in the women’s 1,000-free (10:04.92), 33rd in the women’s 500-free (4:50.42) and 46th in the women’s 1,650-free (16:47.07). Stanislawska has the most top-100 times with four: she is 61st in the women’s 200-breast (2:18.55), 65th in the women’s 100-breast (1:04.24), 85th in the women’s 200-IM (2:05.03) and 93rd in the women’s 200-back (2:03.54).
Other swimmers in the top 100 include Karrer, who is 57th in the men’s 1,650-free (15:46.98); Szabo, who is 60th in the men’s 200-fly (1:50.28); freshman Evan Roseberry (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson), who is 91st in the men’s 1,650-free (15:59.52); and Bronson, who is 96th in the men’s 500-free (4:32.20).
Retrievers Top AEC lists
The Retrievers appear many times in the America East top 10 list. On the men’s side, Bronson owns the fastest time in the 500-free, while Karrer has swum the top times in both the 1,000-free and the 1,650-free. Freshman Milos Djukic (Novi Sad, Serbia & Montenegro/Svetozar Markovic) and junior Nebojsa Zimonjic (Belgrade, Serbia & Montenegro/Calvert Hall/CCBC-Essex) are tied for the fastest time in the 100-back, Djukic is tops in the 200-back, sophomore Scott Auchter (Wernersville, Pa./Wilson) owns the 100-breast, Reitz the 200-breast, Szabo the 200-fly and Blais the 200-IM. In addition, Salgado has the top score on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards, and the 800-free relay, 200-medley relay and 400-medley relay are also best in the conference. On the women’s side, Surkovich owns the fastest time in the 50- and 100-free, while Sackett has the 200-, 500-, 1,000- and 1,650-free and Stanislawska has the 200-back, 100- and 200-breast and 200-IM. In addition, Houghton has the top score on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards, and all five relays have the best times in the league.
A number of Retrievers have picked up the first victories of their UMBC careers in the 2005-06 campaign, including juniors Brian Jaeggi (Newmarket, Ontario/Sacred Heart) in the 200-back at New Hampshire and Jesse Rowton (College Park, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) in the 1,000-free against Howard; sophomore Joey Sementelli (Framingham, Mass./Framingham) in the 500-free against Howard; 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, Djukic in the 100-free at New Hampshire, Reitz in the 200-breast against Navy, Roseberry in the 200-free and 200-fly at New Hampshire, Elisha Peregino (Abingdon, Md./Edgewood) in the 200-free against Howard and Brittany Bertoli (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) in the 100-fly against Howard. 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 (Cali, Colombia/Indian River CC) won the 200-IM against Navy.
At 8-1, 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. Coincidentally, their first loss that season also came to
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,
Friday-Sunday, Nov. 18-20 – George Mason Patriot Invitational – 2nd place, 738.5 points: The Retrievers placed second at the George Mason Patriot Invitational with 738.5 team points, breaking eight school records on the weekend, including the 50-free three times and four relays, and five meet records, led by Sackett, who broke three individual school records, three school relay records and five meet records. Sackett paced the Retrievers with four individual victories. Other winners included Surkovich, Stanislawska and the women’s 200-, 400- and 800-free relays. Sackett was the Retrievers’ top point-scorer, as she garnered 80 points. Stanislawska was not far behind with 72 points. In all, 13 swimmers scored for UMBC.
Saturday, Dec. 3 – UMBC 141, Bucknell 94: The host Retrievers defeated Bucknell in convincing fashion, winning all but one event over the Bison. Sackett won three events, while Surkovich, Stanislawska and Houghton each took two and Engler grabbed one. UMBC also swept the relays.
Wednesday, January 11 –Women: UMBC 104, Howard 80: In their first dual meet after a five-week layoff, the Retrievers defeated Howard at UMBC Natatorium, winning all but two events. Houghton was the only multiple winner for the Retrievers, as she swept the diving events. Other individual winners included Bertoli, Klein, Peregino, Surkovich, Engler, Sackett and Rowton. UMBC also 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.
Saturday, Nov. 12 – UMBC 94,
Friday-Sunday, Nov. 18-20 – George Mason Patriot Invitational –2nd place, 742.5 points: The Retrievers placed second at the George Mason Patriot Invitational with a total of 742.5 team points. Szabo was the only individual winner for UMBC, as he took the 200-fly. Bronson and Roseberry paced the men with 56 points apiece, followed by Szabo with 49. In all, 19 Retrievers scored.
Saturday, Dec. 3 – UMBC 142, Bucknell 94: The host Retrievers dominated Bucknell, winning all but one event. Salgado broke his own school 1-meter diving mark and swept the diving events, while Karrer won both distance events. Other winners for the Retrievers included Bronson, Conway, Blais, Szabo, Djukic and Auchter. UMBC also swept the relays.
Wednesday, January 11 – Men: UMBC 84, Howard 69: In their first dual meet after a five-week layoff, the Retrievers defeated Howard at UMBC Natatorium. The Retrievers won all but two events and were led by Salgado and Roseberry, who each claimed two individual victories, with Salgado shattering his own school record on the 1-meter board. Other individual winners for the Retrievers included Szabo, Bronson, Djukic, Sementelli and Ortiz. UMBC also swept the relays.
The Retrievers have a two-and-a-half week break from competition before traveling to