UMBC Swimming and Diving Travels to East Carolina for Final Road Meet of Season
Freddie Reitz and the Retrievers take on East Carolina Saturday afternoon.
Baltimore-The UMBC menís and womenís swimming and diving team heads to East Carolina Saturday for a 1 p.m. meet. The Retriever women (8-1) will be looking to avenge last seasonís 129-114 loss to the Pirates, their only setback of the 2005-06 campaign, while the UMBC men (6-1) will try to repeat last yearís 143-95 victory.
Looking Back: The Retrievers swept Howard on Jan. 11 in their first dual meet in five weeks. Senior diver Katie Spohnholz qualified for the NCAA Zone Regionals on the 1-meter board and won both diving competitions. Other winners for the Retriever women included senior Jesse Rowton in the 1,000-free, junior Lindsey Engler in the 200-free, freshman Tereza Kaplanova in the 400-IM, sophomore Tina Cantwell in the 100-back, freshman Lindsey Sherman in the 500-free and sophomore Daniele Surkovich in the 100-breast. On the menís side, senior diver Jeff Salgado was the only multiple winner for the Retrievers as he swept the diving events. Other winners included senior Juan Ortiz in the 1,000-free, senior Ryan Karrer in the 200-free, freshman Rasmus Kutt in the 50-free, sophomore Evan Roseberry in the 400-IM, sophomore Freddie Reitz in the 100-free, junior Alejandro Lopez in the 100-back and freshman John Seniz in the 500-free.
On the Pirates: The East Carolina women are 9-2 on the season and coming off a 158-85 victory over UNC-Wilmington on Jan. 14. Junior diver Christie Icenhower broke her own school record on the 3-meter board and was named Conference USA Diver of the Week. The Pirate men are 7-3 overall and coming off a 129-108 loss to the Seahawks.
Last Time vs. East Carolina: The UMBC men won all but two events and defeated East Carolina, 143-95, for their fifth straight win on Jan. 21, 2006, at the UMBC Natatorium, while the Retriever women suffered their first loss of the season, 129-114. Jeff Salgado broke his own school 3-meter diving record for the third time with a score of 314.85 to win the event. Salgado also won the 1-meter competition with a score of 305.77. Justin Bronson and Ryan Karrer also won two events for the Retrievers, as Bronson took the 100-free and the 200-free, while Karrer swept the distance events. Seniors Adam Blais, Geza Szabo and Ian Carey went out in style on Senior Day, as they each picked up individual victories. The Retrievers also swept the relays.
The UMBC women were paced by Meghan Sackett and Agnes Stanislawska. Sackett swept the distance events, while Stanislawska won both the 200-breast and the 200-IM. Diver Ashley Houghton won the 3-meter competition, while Daniele Surkovich tied with East Carolinaís Adrienne Williams to win the 50-free in 24.23. The Retrievers also won the 400-free relay.
Records Falling: Four UMBC school records have been broken so far this season. Senior diver Ashley Houghton broke her own school 1-meter diving record with a score of 281.48 at Towson on Nov. 11, besting her previous school mark of 273.59, which she set on Oct. 29, 2005 against Navy. The next weekend, the Retrievers broke three school records at the George Mason Patriot Invitational. Sophomore Freddie Reitz broke one of the oldest school records, the 500-free, which head coach Chad Cradock set in 1996. Reitz broke Cradockís previous mark of 4:28.62 by one-tenth of a second, finishing in 4:28.52. Senior Agnes Stanislawska reset her own school record in the 200-IM with an NCAA consideration time of 2:03.74. Her original mark, which she set in 2003, was 2:03.47. Finally, sophomore Daniele Surkovich lowered her own school 50-free record with her leadoff split in the 200-free relay. Her time of 23.74 bested her previous mark of 23.99, which she set at the same meet a year ago.
Retrievers Ranked: Both UMBC teams are ranked in the top 10 in the CollegeSwimming.com Division-I Mid-Major Power Rankings. The men are ranked ninth with 174.07 points, just 0.93 points behind eighth-place Missouri State. Navy sits atop the poll with 188.34 points. The Retriever women are ranked seventh with 170.81 points, less than 10 full points behind first-place Navy.
Cradock Reaches Milestone: UMBC head coach Chad Cradock notched his milestone 100th career victory when the Retrievers defeated Binghamton on Nov. 4. With 14 combined dual meet wins this season, Cradock now holds a combined record of 109-19 in six seasons at the helm, good for an .852 winning percentage. The UMBC men are 53-10 under Cradock, while the women are 54-15.
America East Recognizes Retrievers: A number of Retrievers have earned America East Performer of the Week awards this season. Most recently, sophomore Evan Roseberry won the first Menís Swimmer of the Week nod of his career after the Bucknell meet, while senior Jeff Salgado garnered his fourth Menís Diver of the Week this season and senior Ashley Houghton earned her third Womenís Diver of the Week award. Roseberry and Salgado also earned the same honors from the ECAC. In addition, senior Agnes Stanislawska, junior Meghan Sackett and sophomore Justin Bronson have each earned a Swimmer of the Week nod this season.
Cantwell, Stanislawska Earn B Cuts: 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. Senior Agnes Stanislawskaís 2:03.74 in the 200-IM was also a consideration time, as it is nearly four-tenths of a second below the standard of 2:04.13. 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: Seniors Jeff Salgado, Ashley Houghton and Katie Spohnholz have all 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 New Hampshire and Wagner. Spohnholz qualified on the 1-meter board at Howard.
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 senior Agnes Stanislawska, freshman Kate Chialastri, sophomore Tina 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.
Sackett Wins Ocean Mile Swim: For the second year in a row, a Retriever won the Ocean Mile Swim female competition on New Yearís Day in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., as junior Meghan Sackett finished first this season. Last yearís winner, sophomore Daniele Surkovich, placed second. Junior Erin Mathews placed 10th overall. On the menís side, the Retrievers were led by senior Brian Jaeggi, who came in fourth, followed by sophomores Evan Roseberry and Freddie Reitz in fifth and eighth, respectively.