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Swimming and Diving Opens 2007-08 Home Season Against Navy This Weekend
Tina Cantwell and the Retrievers host Navy in their home-opener on Saturday.
Weekend Action: The UMBC menís and womenís swimming diving teams will compete in their 2007-08 home-opener as they host Navy at the UMBC Natatorium on Saturday with the menís meet slated to begin at 12:00 p.m. and the womenís at 2:30 p.m. The womenís team will also travel to face
Looking Back: Both the menís and womenís swimming and diving teams opened the 2007-08 campaign with victories over Rider last Saturday. The Retriever teams, which are both 1-0, traveled to
The women set four Coppola Pool records in the contest, with junior Tina Cantwell taking two--in the 100 (1:05.74) and 200 (2:21.35) breaststrokes. Freshman Rebecca Godwin in a record-setting performance in the 1000 freestyle (10:18.37), while junior Daniele Surkovich, freshman Erin Wohlers, and seniors Carly Fitzpatrick and Lindsey Engler combined to set a new record in the 400 free relay (3:38.32).
Cantwell and Godwin were the only double-winners on the womenís side, with Cantwell leading a Retriever sweep of the 100 and 200 breaststroke events. The only other individual winners for the Retrievers were Engler, Surkovich, and sophomore Tereza Kaplanova.
The menís team boasted four double-winners in juniors Justin Bronson and Evan Roseberry, sophomore Rasmus Kutt, and freshman Brad Reitz. Roseberry led Retriever sweeps in both of his events (500 and 1000 free), while Bronson was at the head of the 200 free sweep. Bronson was also a part of the winning 400 free relay. Other individual winners for the men were senior Scott Auchter and sophomore Matt Mattingly.
On the Mids: Both Navy swimming and diving teams are 4-0 on the season, after earning three victories apiece in their opening quad-meet and are coming off victories over Johns Hopkins. The men were led by Aaron Aiken, who won the 100- and 200-meter freestyle events and Adam Meyer, who was victorious in the 200 breast and fly events, while the women boasted three double-victors in Tara Chapmon (400 and 1500 free), Thuy-Mi Dinh (100 back and 100 free) and Kelly Zahalka (100 breast and 200 IM). Both Navy teams have also been picked to win the Patriot League Championships in the preseason coachesí poll.
UMBC vs. Navy: This yearís matchup between the two teams echoes one year ago, as all four teams are undefeated, with the Mids holding four season victories each and the Retrievers one, and all four teams have been picked to win their respective conference titles in preseason polls. In the last meeting between the teams, the Navy men were victorious by a score of 154.5-86.5 and the women 146-97 at Lejeune Hall in
On the Wildcats: The New Hampshire womenís swimming and diving team is coming off a successful, three-win weekend, after defeating Siena and Niagara on Saturday and Wagner on Sunday. The reigning America East Womenís Swimming Performer of the Week Amy Perrault led the Wildcats with two new pool records, four individual victories, and two relay victories on the weekend. The Wildcats were picked to finish second at the 2008 America East Championships based on the preseason coachesí poll.
UMBC vs. New Hampshire: One year after finishing as the runner-up to New Hampshire by 54 points in the 2006 America East Championships, the Retrievers claimed their first conference title in 2007, while the Wildcats were pushed down to a third-place finish. The Retrievers also earned a 135-103 victory over the Wildcats during last yearís dual meet, claiming 12 of the 13 possible event victories and hold a 2-0 record in the all-time series versus the Wildcats.
Dawg Bites: Three Retrievers picked up weekly conference awards last week as Bronson was named the America East Menís Swimming Performer of the Week and freshmen Seth McNew and Crystal Gall earned the menís and womenís diving honors, respectively.