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RETRIEVER MEN WIN 800-FREE RELAY TITLE AT AMERICA EAST CHAMPIONSHIPS; WOMENíS SWIMMING AND DIVING SECOND, MEN THIRD AFTER DAY ONE
Adam Blais led off the winning 800-free relay team on the first day of the America East Championships.
Boston-The defending conference champion UMBC menís swimming and diving team captured the first league title of the 2006 America East Championships Thursday evening by taking the 800-yard freestyle relay, but the Retrievers sit in third place after one day of competition with 92 points. UMBCís women are second with 68 points.
With a time of 6:49.26, the Retrieversí 800-free relay team of senior Adam Blais, freshman Evan Roseberry, junior Juan Ortiz and freshman Justin Bronson crushed their competition by nearly six seconds to take the gold in the first completed menís event of the evening.
Junior Jeff Salgado took the bronze in the menís one-meter diving competition with 284.60 points. The UMBC menís 200-medley relay team of freshman Milos Djukic, sophomore Scott Auchter, senior Geza Szabo and junior Justin Bronson also placed third with a time of 1:34.10.
Stony Brook leads the menís competition with 110 team points, followed by
On the womenís side, the Retrieversí 200-medley relay team of junior Agnes Stanislawska, freshman Robin Klein, sophomore Meghan Sackett and freshman Daniele Surkovich set a new school record by finishing in 1:47.51, but placed second in the event to defending league champion New Hampshire, which swept both of the eveningís relays.
The previous 200-medley relay record of 1:47.67 was set in November at the George Mason Patriot Invitational by Stanislawska, Klein, Sackett and sophomore Lindsey Engler.
The Retriever womenís 800-free relay also placed second, as Stanislawska, seniors Elyse Gibson and Amber Harris and Sackett finished in 7:36.57, which would have broken the America East Championships meet record by nearly half a second had it not been for the Wildcats, who crushed the mark in 7:30.70.
Competition continues tomorrow for day two of the 2006 America East Swimming and Diving Championships at