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Swimming and Diving to Compete at George Mason Patriot Invitational
Rasmus Kutt swam UMBC's fourth-fastest time ever in the 100-back last weekend at Towson.
Baltimore-The UMBC menís and womenís swimming and diving teams take a break from dual meet competition this weekend as they head south to Fairfax, Va., for the George Mason Patriot Invitational Nov. 17-19, where they will compete against American, Duke, George Mason, George Washington, Georgetown, Howard, Seton Hall, Shippensburg and UNC-Wilmington. Prelims begin at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Diving beings at 1 p.m. each day, while finals start at 6 p.m. on the first two days and at 5 p.m. on the last day. Click here for a schedule of events.
Looking Back: The Retrievers swept
Last Time at the Patriot Invite: This is the fifth consecutive season which UMBC will swim at the Patriot Invite. Both UMBC teams placed second out of 11 schools at least yearís George Mason Patriot Invitational, with the men scoring 742.5 points and the women garnering 738.5. Yaleís men and women both won the 2005 meet. The Retriever women broke eight school records and five meet records at last seasonís invite, led by Meghan Sackett, who took down three individual school records, three school relay records and five meet marks. UMBC had eight individual victories and four relay wins on the weekend, two on the menís side and 10 for the women. Geza Szabo was the only individual winner for the men, who also won the 800-free relay, while Sackett paced the women with four individual victories. Agnes Stanislawska also won two events, while Daniele Surkovich took one. Sackett was the womenís top point scorer with 80 points, followed by Stanislawska with 72 and Surkovich with 65. Justin Bronson and Evan Roseberry paced the men with 56 points apiece, followed by Szabo with 49.
Houghton Breaks Record: Senior diver Ashley Houghton broke her own school 1-meter diving record with a score of 281.48 at
Retrievers Ranked: Both UMBC teams are ranked in the College Swimming Coaches Association of America Division-I Mid-Major Power Rankings. The Retriever women are 11th and the men are 17th in the first poll of the season, which was released on Monday. Several of UMBCís 2006-07 opponents are also ranked, including Navyís men (3rd) and women (24th), New Hampshireís women (8th), UNC-Wilmingtonís men (15th) and women (14th), Bucknellís men (20th) and women (19th), Binghamtonís men (21st), Riderís men (22nd) and Maristís men (23rd).
Cradock Reaches Milestone: UMBC head coach Chad Cradock notched his milestone 100th career victory when the Retrievers defeated
America East Recognizes Retrievers: Last week, sophomore Justin Bronson and junior Meghan Sackett were named America East Menís and Womenís Swimmer of the Week, respectively, while seniors Jeff Salgado and Ashley Houghton earned Menís and Womenís Diver of the Week nods for the second straight week, making it a clean sweep for the Retrievers. Bronson was tabbed Menís Swimming Performer of the Week for the second time in his career after winning all four individual events in which he competed, while Sackett garnered her fifth career Womenís Swimming Performer of the Week honor with four individual wins. Salgado earned his second straight Menís Diving Performer of the Week award and the seventh of his career as he swept the diving events at both meets of the weekend, while Houghton also earned her second straight Womenís Diving Performer of the Week award and the sixth of her career as she also swept the diving events at both meets. Salgado and Houghton each won the first diving awards of the season on Oct. 31.
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.
Divers Qualify for Zones: Both Jeff Salgado and Ashley Houghton have qualified for the NCAA Zone Regional diving competition, which will take place at Rutgers University March 2-4. Salgado qualified with a score of 308.40 on the 1-meter board against Rider, while Houghton achieved it with her scores of 270.52 on the 1-meter board at Navy and 280.28 on the 3-meter board against
It Takes Two: Eight Retrievers have won multiple events at meets this season. Sophomore Justin Bronson has won two events at every dual meet this season with 10 victories under his belt. He won the 100- and 200-free at the first three meets, then took the 500-free and 200-fly against Colgate and the 200-free and 100-fly at
On the womenís side, senior Ashley Houghton has swept the diving events in five of six dual meets this season with 11 total victories. Senior Agnes Stanislawska won the 200-IM and 200-back against Rider and in the double-dual meet against
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
Retriever Firsts: Several Retrievers have won the first events of their careers this season. All four of the freshmen on the womenís team grabbed their first career victories against
Top Times: Sophomores Justin Bronson and Evan Roseberry each hold UMBCís top times of the season in three events. Bronson is fastest in the 100- and 200-free and the 100-fly, while Roseberry is tops in the 500- and 1,000-free and 200-fly. Freshman Rasmus Kutt holds top times in both backstroke events, and his time of 50.83 in the 100-back at Towson last weekend is the fourth-fastest time in that event in UMBC history. Sophomore Scott Auchter holds top times in both breaststroke events, while senior Tim Conway is fastest in the 50-free and Juan Ortiz is tops in the 200-IM.
On the womenís side, senior Agnes Stanislawska, junior Meghan Sackett and sophomore Daniele Surkovich each hold UMBCís top times of the season in three events. Stanislawska is fastest in both backstrokes and the 200-IM, while Sackett is tops in the 200-, 500- and 1,000-free and Surkovich is fastest in the 50- and 100-free and the 100-fly. In addition, sophomore Tina Cantwell holds top times in both breaststroke events, and her time of 2:18.12 in the 200-breast is the second-fastest in that event in UMBC history, while her 1:04.87 in the 100-breast is the third-best ever for a Retriever.