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Surkovich, Reitz Claim Top Seeds as UMBC Swimming and Diving Finishes Day 1 Prelims at the Patriot Invite
Junior Daniele Surkovich is tonight's top seed in the 500 freestyle at the Patriot Invite.
FAIRFAX, Va.óThe UMBC menís and womenís swimming and diving teams have completed the first preliminary session of the 2007 George Mason Patriot Invitational and will see 35 swims in the finals session tonight. Sixteen of those swims will be in the finals meet, 13 in the consolation final, and six in the bonus final.
Junior Daniele Surkovich (Ellicott City, Md./Wilde Lake) and freshman Brad Reitz (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) led the Retrievers in the morning swims and will be coming back for the finals session as the top seeds in their respective events, the 500 freestyle and 200 individual medley. Surkovich swam a time of 4:58.48 in the preliminary heats to claim the top spot, while Reitz turned in a time of 1:54.08 in the 200 IM.
Freshman Rebecca Godwin (Catonsville, Md./Notre Dame Prep) joins Surkovich in the finals of the 500 as the sixth seed, while the Retrievers claim the third, fourth, and seventh spots in the 200 IM with senior Eric Skrabacz (Hollywood, Md./Leonardtown), sophomore Matt Mattingly (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West), and senior Adam Eiben (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin).
Junior Evan Roseberry (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson) leads the menís 500, turning in a time of 4:37.99 in the prelims for the third seed, while junior Freddie Reitz (Ellicott City, Md./Howard), junior Justin Bronson (Oshawa, Ontario, Canada/Msgr. Paul Dwyer), and freshman Mat Carson (Toronto, Ontario, Canada/Silverthorn Collegiate Institute), who are seeded fourth, sixth, and eighth, respectively, will also join him.
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In the final individual event for Day 1, the 50 free, senior Lindsey Engler (Salisbury, Md./James M. Bennett) will represent the Retrievers, turning in a prelims and personal-best time of 24.07 for the number three seed, while three Retrievers will swim in the menís final. Sophomore Zach Vonder Haar (Gahanna, Ohio/Columbus Academy) will enter the evening as the fourth seed, swimming a personal-best time of 21.39 in the prelims, and will be joined by junior Sven Schneider (Tallinn, Estonia/Tallinn German Gymnasium/LSU) and sophomore Rasmus Kutt (Tallinn, Estonia/Gustav Adolf Gymnazium).
In addition, the Retrievers will also compete in the 200 freestyle and 400 medley relays in tonightís finals session which are set to begin at 6:00 p.m.