UMBC Swimming and Diving Takes on Binghamton, Colgate This Weekend
Justin Bronson has won all four individual events in which he has competed this season.
Baltimore-The UMBC menís and womenís swimming and diving teams return to the pool this weekend for two meets in two days. The Retrievers will host America East rival Binghamton on Saturday at 1 p.m., and non-conference foe Colgate on Sunday at 11 a.m. Both meets will take place at the UMBC Natatorium. The UMBC men are 1-1 on the season, while the women take a 3-1 mark into the weekend.
Looking Back: The Retriever men lost to Navy, 154.5-86.5, last Saturday in Annapolis. Sophomore Justin Bronson won both the 100- and 200-meter freestyles, while sophomore Evan Roseberry won the 200-meter butterfly. UMBC was also victorious in the 400-meter freestyle relay.
The Retriever women lost to Navy by a score of 146-97 last Saturday in Annapolis before defeating both New Hampshire and Wagner in a double-dual met at the UMBC Natatorium on Sunday. Against the Mids, sophomore Tina Cantwell earned an NCAA Division-I consideration time in the 200-meter breaststroke (2:32.83) and finished second in the event, less than four-tenths of a second behind the winner, who set a new pool record. Cantwellís time also bested the previous pool mark. Cantwell also teamed with senior Agnes Stanislawska, freshman Kate Chialastri and junior Lindsey Engler to win the 400-meter medley relay in pool-record time. Other winners for the Retrievers were Stanislawska in the 200-meter backstroke and senior Ashley Houghton in the 1-meter diving competition.
The Retriever women returned home the next day and took down two-time defending America East champion New Hampshire by a score of 135-103, and also defeated non-conference opponent Wagner, 142-80. The Retrievers won 12 of 13 events, with two victories apiece by Stanislawska (200-back, 200-IM), Houghton (1M Dive, 3M Dive), sophomore Daniele Surkovich (100-free, 200-free) and junior Meghan Sackett (500-free, 1000-free). Engler also won the 50-free, while Cantwell took first in the 200-breast and the Retrievers swept the relays. Stanislawska led a UMBC sweep in the 200-IM.
On the Bearcats: The Binghamton men (2-0) have finished second to the Retrievers at the America East Championships in each of the last three seasons but were picked to finish fourth this year after losing 2006 America East Most Outstanding Swimmer Kaan Tayla. Senior David Holmes earned the first America East Menís Swimmer of the Week award after winning all four individual events in which he has competed and breaking several pool records in the process. The Bearcats opened the season with convincing victories over Boston University and Canisius.
The Binghamton women are 1-2 with a win over Canisius last Saturday and losses to America East rivals Boston University and Vermont. The Bearcats placed seventh at the 2006 America East Championships and were picked to finish in the same spot this season.
Cats and Dogs: The Retrievers and Bearcats last met in a dual meet nearly a year ago to the day, on Nov. 5, 2005, in Vestal, N.Y., and the menís meet lived up to the hype of the leagueís top two teams facing off. In the end, Binghamton came out on top with a 123-120 victory that came down to the wire and was decided by the final event of the afternoon, the 400-free relay. UMBCís Jeff Salgado broke both school diving records, while Ryan Karrer swept the distance events for the fourth consecutive meet. The Retriever women won all but one event in a convincing 166-74 decision over the Bearcats. Surkovich, Houghton and Amber Harris led the way with two wins apiece.
On the Raiders: The Colgate women are 2-1 with wins over Syracuse and Boston University and a heartbreaking loss to Boston College. The Eagles defeated the Raiders by 13-hundredths of a second in the final event of the meet, the 200-free relay, to cement a 151-149 victory. The Beverly Walker was named Patriot League Swimmer of the Week on Oct. 25, a week after teammate Emily Murphy won the award. Colgate will take on Navy and Lehigh in a double-dual meet on Saturday in Annapolis before heading to Baltimore.
The Colgate men are 1-2 on the season with a win over Boston University and losses to Syracuse and Boston College. Zach Grobengieser and Zach Whitman each won two events for the Raiders in their first win of the season, a 137-100 decision over the Terriers last Saturday. Greg Dunlavey was named to the Patriot League Honor Roll on Oct. 25 for his performance against the Eagles, when he won both backstroke events and swam on two winning relays. The Raiders will face Lehigh on Saturday before heading to Baltimore.
Cantwell Earns B Cut: Sophomore Tina Cantwell became the second Retriever in as many seasons to achieve an NCAA Division-I consideration time with her time of 2:32.83 in the 200-meter breaststroke against Navy. Her time was nearly one full second under the standard of 2:33.63. Meghan Sackett achieved ĎBí cuts last year in the 500- and 1,650-free. The last Retriever to qualify for the NCAA Championships was Lindsey Prather in the 200-breast in 2001.
Like Itís Our House: For the second year in a row, the Retrievers have broken pool records on the road. Last year it was at New Hampshireís Swasey Pool; this season it was Navyís Lejeune Hall. The UMBC team of Stanislawska, freshman Kate Chialastri, Cantwell and junior Lindsey Engler bested the pool record in the 400-meter medley relay with their time of 4:23.89, six-hundredths of a second lower than the previous mark of 4:23.95. Cantwell also broke the pool record in the 200-breast but her mark will not stand as she was beaten in the event by Navyís Mallory Dietrich, who won in 2:32.47. Both times shattered the previous pool record of 2:36.30.
Retrievers Sweep First Diver of the Week Awards: Seniors Jeff Salgado and Ashley Houghton were selected as the seasonís first America East Menís and Womenís Diving Performers of the Week, the conference announced on Tuesday. Salgado won the 3-meter diving competition against Rider and placed second on the 1-meter board, and also finished second on both boards at Navy. His score of 308.03 on the 1-meter qualifies him for the NCAA Zone Diving Competition in March. Houghton has won five of six diving events so far this season, with multiple victories at Navy and in the double-dual meet against New Hampshire and Wagner. She has qualified for Zones in both events.
It Takes Two: Six Retrievers have won multiple events at meets this season. Sophomore Justin Bronson has won both the 100- and 200-free against in both of the UMBC menís meets this season, while classmate Evan Roseberry took the 200-fly and 500-free against Rider. On the womenís side, senior Ashley Houghton swept the diving events against Rider and in the double-dual meet against New Hampshire and Wagner, while classmate Agnes Stanislawska won both the 200-back and 200-IM in both meets, as well. In addition, sophomore Daniele Surkovich won the 50- and 100-free against Rider and the 100- and 200-free in the double-dual meet, while junior Meghan Sackett took the 200- and 500-free against the Broncs and the 500- and 1,000-free against the Wildcats and Seahawks.