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America East Swimming and Diving Championships Day Four Preliminary Results
Daniele Surkovich tied the school 100-free record.
Justin Bronson took the top seed in the 100-free and will be joined in the finals by four Retriever teammates.
Boston-UMBC sophomore Daniele Surkovich tied the school 100-free record and sophomore Tina Cantwell achieved an NCAA consideration time in the 200-breast to lead the Retrievers in the morning preliminaries on the fourth and final day at the 2007 America East Championships at Boston University’s Aquatic Center. In all, 11 UMBC women and 13 men will swim in Sunday evening’s finals session.
Surkovich tied teammate Agnes Stanislawska’s record in the 100-free when she finished third in 51.75. Stanislawska originally set the mark as a freshman in 2003. The record is Surkovich’s sixth of the weekend, as she also set new school marks in the 50-free, 200-free, 200-free relay, 800-free relay and 400-medley relay. Junior Lindsey Engler also swam a career best in the 100-free, taking the sixth seed in 52.71.
Cantwell, who already took gold in the 100-breast Saturday night, swam UMBC’s second-fastest time ever in the 200-breast, achieving an NCAA ‘B’ cut while taking the top seed in 2:16.19. Cantwell won bronze in the event in 2006. She will be joined in the finals by freshman Tereza Kaplanova (2:21.19) and sophomore Joy Wilde (2:27.64), who took the third and sixth seeds, respectively.
The 2006 silver medalist in the 200-back, Stanislawska took the top seed in the event in Sunday morning’s prelims, finishing in 2:03.32. She will be joined in the finals by junior Rachel Lesslie (2:10.32) who placed eighth. Junior Mary Scott finished 16th (2:15.54) and will compete in the evening’s consolation heat.
Finally, a pair of freshmen will represent the Retrievers in the 200-fly finals, as Lindsay Sherman (2:06.52) and Kate Chialastri (2:08.21) placed third and seventh, respectively. Senior Amy Mensch finished 15th (2:17.21) and will swim in the consolation heat.
On the men’s side, sophomore Justin Bronson leads a UMBC-dominated 100-free finals, as he took the top seed in 46.50 a year after taking silver in the event. Freshman Matt Mattingly was right behind him in 46.81, placing second, while seniors Juan Ortiz (47.29) and Tim Conway (47.55) and freshman Zach Vonder Haar (47.57) finished sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively. Junior Adam Eiben (47.92) came in 10th and will compete in the consolation heat.
Sophomore Milos Djukic (1:53.98) and freshman Rasmus Kutt (1:54.42) took the third and fourth seeds, respectively, in the 200-back, followed by senior Brian Jaeggi (1:55.73), who placed sixth.
Junior Scott Auchter finished fourth in the 200-breast (2:07.08), while sophomore Freddie Reitz (2:10.21) and senior Pat Woodward (2:10.52) placed ninth and 10th respectively. Finally, junior Eric Skrabacz will be the Retrievers’ lone representative in the 200-fly finals, as he took the sixth seed in 1:58.50.
In addition to the finals of the men’s and women’s 200-back, 100-free, 200-breast and 100-fly, Saturday evening’s session will also include the women’s 1-meter diving competition, as well as the 400-free relay. The session begins at
Both the Retriever men and women are in first place after three days of action. The men, who are the three-time defending America East champions, lead
If the Retriever men can hold on, it will be their 10th straight conference title, six in the ECAC and four in the America East. UMBC joined the America East in 2003-04.