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Swimming and Diving Travels To America East Rival Binghamton Saturday
Junior Justin Bronson is one of two returning Retrievers that claimed two victories against Binghamton in 2006-07.
Weekend Action: The UMBC menís swimming and diving team will look to bounce back after its home-opening loss to Navy last weekend, while the women will seek to reaffirm their spot at the top of the America East Conference after being edged out by New Hampshire last weekend, as they take on America East rival Binghamton at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday in Vestal, N.Y.
Looking Back: One week after claiming their season-opening victories over Rider, both Retriever teams opened their home campaign with losses to Navy. The Retriever men (1-1) fell to the Mids by a score of 137-101, with sophomore Rasmus Kutt leading the way for the Retrievers. Kutt was the only double-winner on the men's side, turning in a time of 1:54.49 to win the 200 backstroke and leading off the winning 400 medley relay, which recorded a time of 3:31.77. Senior Scott Auchter, freshman Brad Reitz, and sophomore Matt Mattingly were also part of the winning medley relay.
The only other individual winner for the men was junior Justin Bronson who was victorious in the 200 freestyle.
On the women's side, the Retrievers (1-2) have already surpassed their loss margin from the 2006-07 (10-1 record) season, as they are coming off back-to-back losses to Navy and New Hampshire. The last time the Retrievers recorded back-to-back losses was during the 2001-02 season, when they opened the season with losses to
The ladies were just edged by the Mids in their home-opener as junior Tina Cantwell led a Retriever sweep of the 200 breaststroke to give the Retrievers a 115-110 lead going in the final event, the 400 free relay. The Retrievers would claim victory in the relay, however, if the Mids were victorious and the Retrievers placed second and third, the meet would end in a tie, which would have been the first time since the 2000-01 season, when the women tied George Washington 145.5-145.5. The Retrievers' anchor, senior Lindsey Engler, was just out-touched, however, as the Mids took first and third to claim the 123-119 victory.
The ladies then traveled to
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Junior Daniele Surkovich led the Retrievers with three victories on the day, recording individual wins in the 100 and 200 freestyles and leading off the winning 400 free relay. Freshman Rebecca Godwin also turned in two individual victories, remaining undefeated in the 1000 free this season, and also adding a win in the 500 free.
On the Bearcats: Both Binghamton swimming and diving teams are coming off season-opening losses to Boston University, as the men fell by a score of 123-120 and the women were defeated, 162-81. Brenno Varanda led the men, winning the 200 individual medley and 200 breast and was part of the winning 400 medley relay, while Jason Chen (200 butterfly) and Joe Rogan (50 free) also claimed individual victories. On the women's side, freshmen Kelsey Anderson and Lyndsi Worthington earned victories in the 1000 free and 200 back.
UMBC vs. Binghamton: The Retriever men return to the pool in Vestal, N.Y. for the first time since falling to the Bearcats, 123-120, during the 2005-06 season, while the women have never lost to the Bearcats since first swimming Binghamton in the 2003-04 season. Besides the 2005-06 loss, the men have also won every meeting, including a 141-99 victory in the 2006-07 season. The women were victorious by a score of 134-95 last season. The wins over