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Swimming and Diving Back in Action This Weekend
Tina Cantwell and the Retriever women will host New Hamsphire and Wagner on Sunday after taking on Navy on Saturday.
Baltimore-After convincing season-opening victories over Rider last weekend, the UMBC men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams return to action this weekend. The Retrievers face in-state rival Navy on Saturday, Oct. 28, with the women swimming at 12 p.m. and the men at 2:30 p.m. The women then host
Looking Back: The Retriever women were victorious over the Broncs, 135.5-97.5, last Saturday at UMBC Natatorium. The women won 11 of the 13 events, with junior Meghan Sackett, sophomore Daniele Surkovich, and seniors Agnes Stanislawska and Ashley Houghton each notching two individual victories apiece. Sophomore Tina Cantwell led a sweep of the 200 breaststroke, and the Retriever women also won both relays. The UMBC men defeated Rider, 138-84, avenging last season’s loss. The Retriever men also won 11 of 13 events, with sophomores Justin Bronson and Evan Roseberry each winning two events. UMBC swept five events, including the 200 freestyle behind Bronson and the 200 butterfly behind Roseberry. The Retrievers were also victorious in both relays. Other individual winners included seniors Ryan Karrer, Juan Ortiz and Jeff Salgado, junior Scott Auchter and sophomore Milos Djukic.
On the Mids: Both the Navy men’s and women’s teams are 4-0 on the season, coming off victories over Johns Hopkins. The men were led by Kevin Mukri, who was victorious in the 100 and 200-meter backstrokes, while the women boasted three swimmers with two individual victories, as well as a new pool record in the 200-meter freestyle relay by Sara Dorenkott, Mallory Dietrich, Thuy-Mi Dinh, and Kelly Zahalka. Both of Navy’s teams were picked as favorites to win the Patriot League in the preseason coaches’ poll.
UMBC vs. Navy: Both Navy squads (4-0) and both UMBC teams (1-0) are undefeated this season, and all four teams were selected to win their respective league titles in the preseason coaches’ polls. Of the last three meetings between the men’s teams, two have been decided by one point, with Navy winning in 2003, and UMBC in 2004. Including Navy’s 127-116 win over the Retrievers last year, the last three meets have been decided by a mere 13 total points. The UMBC women have been victorious over the Mids twice in the past three years, with a 141-96 victory last season.
On the Wildcats: The Wildcats are coming off a 133-86 season-opening win over Siena, winning nine of 12 events, and Shana Dege set a new school record in the 1-meter diving competition in the victory.
On the Seahawks: The Wagner women were picked to finish third in the Northeast Conference preseason poll. The Seahawks are 6-2 and coming off losses to Villanova and LaSalle. Wagner is led by sprinters Halley Allen and Brigitta Roser, distance standout Alex Tomlinson and three-time All-NEC honoree Jess Radka.
UMBC vs. Wagner: The Retrievers and Seahawks were Northeast Conference rivals from 1999-2003, and Wagner finished runner-up to UMBC at the league championships in 2002 and 2003.
Dawg Bites: The Retriever men return the top three scorers from the 2006 America East Championships in Bronson, Roseberry and Karrer, while the women return the top four in Sackett, Surkovich, Cantwell and Stanislawska… Surkovich is the reigning America East Most Outstanding Rookie, while Houghton is the defending America East and ECAC Most Outstanding Diver… The UMBC women broke 11 school records last season, while the men took down four.