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RETRIEVER SWIMMING AND DIVING HEADS TO BOSTON FOR AMERICA EAST CHAMPIONSHIPS
Rachel Lesslie won the America East title in the 1,650-free at the 2005 conference championships.
Adam Blais won the America East title in the 200-IM at the 2005 conference championships.
Men Go for Ninth Straight
The UMBC men have won eight straight conference titles, including six in the Eastern College Athletic Conference and the last two in the America East. Since joining the league before the 2003-04 season, the Retrievers have broken the conference record for most team points in the championship meet twice, with 901 points in 2004 and 920 points in 2005.
UMBC has only faced two America East opponents in dual meet action this season, easily defeating New Hampshire, 96-63, while narrowly falling to 2005 conference runner-up
The Bearcat men are 10-2 on the year four league opponents in
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Men’s Final Scores
1. UMBC 920
3. Stony Brook 570
489 Boston U.
346 New Hampshire
The Retrievers return three 2005 America East champions in junior Ryan Karrer (1,650 free) and seniors Adam Blais (200 IM) and Geza Szabo (200 fly). In addition, several swimmers own the fastest times in the conference in their respective events, including freshman Justin Bronson in the 500 free, Karrer in the 1,000 and 1,650 free, freshman Milos Djukic in the 100 and 200 back, sophomore Scott Auchter in the 100 breast, freshman Freddie Reitz in the 200 breast, Szabo in the 200 fly and Blais in the 200 IM, while junior diver Jeff Salgado has the top score on the 1-meter board.
Women Look to Unseat
The UMBC women finished third at the 2005 America East Championships, dropping one spot after placing second their first season in the conference. The
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Women’s Final Scores
754 New Hampshire
2. Northeastern 737
3. UMBC 502
5. Stony Brook 390.5
316.5 Boston U.
Sophomore Rachel Lesslie returns to the conference championships after taking the league by storm in 2005, winning the 1,650 free en route to earning the America East Most Outstanding Rookie. In addition, several swimmers own the fastest times in the conference in their respective events, including freshman Daniele Surkovich in the 50 free; sophomore Meghan Sackett in the 200, 500, 1,000 and 1,650 free; and junior Agnes Stanislawska in the 200 back, 100 breast and 200 IM. In addition, junior diver Ashley Houghton has the top score on the 1-meter board.
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 took down Surkovich’s mark with a 24.06 in a swim-off to determine if she would swim in the finals or the consolation heat. In the evening session, Surkovich reclaimed the record, winning the event in 23.99.
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 and Surkovich bested the 10-year-old 200-free relay mark of 1:37.32 with their time of 1:36.48, while Surkovich, Klein, Sackett and Gibson lowered the 11-year-old 400-free relay record of 3:31.29 to 3:29.02. In addition, Surkovich, Stanislawska, Klein and Sackett reset the 11-year-old 800-free relay record of 7:36.64 with their time of 7:34.75, and Stanislawska, Klein, Sackett and Engler swam a 1:47.67 in the 200-medley relay to best the 2003 mark of 1:48.06.
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.
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, with the women rated fifth and the men 13th.Harvard sits atop the women’s poll, while Princeton leads on the men’s side.
Several of UMBC’s dual meet opponents also rank in the top 25, including Navy’s men (3), Navy’s women (11), New Hampshire’s women (18), Binghamton’s men (18), Bucknell’s men (21), Bucknell’s women (22) and Binghamton’s women (25). In addition, UNC-Wilmington, one of the Retrievers’ opponents at the George Mason Patriot Invitational, made the list, with the Seahawk women ranked 12th and the men 14th.
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 three times 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. He won for a final time on Jan. 31 after sweeping the distance freestyle events at Marist.
Finally, Bronson was named Men’s Co-Swimmer of the Week on Nov. 15 after winning both the 200- and 500-free against
A number of Retrievers have picked up the first victories of their UMBC careers in the 2005-06 campaign, including juniors Brian Jaeggi in the 200-back at New Hampshire and Jesse Rowton in the 1,000-free against Howard; sophomore Joey Sementelli in the 500-free against Howard; and freshmen Tina Cantwell 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, Evan Roseberry in the 200-free and 200-fly at New Hampshire, Elisha Peregino in the 200-free against Howard and Brittany Bertoli 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 won the 200-IM against Navy.
At 9-1, the women completed their best dual meet season 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