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UMBC Swimming and Diving Claims Five Golds on First Day of Patriot Invite; Men in First, Women in Second
Sophomore Tereza Kaplanova won the 200 IM on Day 1 of the Patriot Invite.
Freshman Brad Reitz won the 200 IM on Day 1 of the Patriot Invite
Junior Daniele Surkovich won the 500 free on Day 1 of the Patriot Invite.
FAIRFAX, Va.óThe UMBC menís swimming and diving team leads by almost 200 points after the first day of competition at the George Mason Patriot Invitational in Fairfax, Va., while the womenís team is in second.
The menís team has amassed a total of 343 points, while the women have 252.5, just 24 points behind host George Mason. Both teams won the Patriot Invite in 2006 and are already ahead of where they were last year, as the menís team totaled 305 points and the womenís 241 points after the first day of competition.
Three Retrievers claimed Patriot Invitational titles on Day 1, as junior Daniele Surkovich (
Surkovich swam a career-best time of 4:55.94, while freshman Rebecca Godwin (
Kaplanova led a 1-2 punch in the 200 IM, winning with a career-best of 2:06.44 and junior Tina Cantwell (
The story was much the same on the menís side of the 200 IM as Reitz turned in a winning time of 1:52.23 and sophomore Matt Mattingly (
Kaplanova also teamed with junior Cantwell, sophomore Lindsay Sherman (
Sophomores Zach Vonder Haar (Gahanna, Ohio/Columbus Academy) and Rasmus Kutt (Tallinn, Estonia/Gustav Adolf Gymnasium), junior Sven Schneider (Tallinn, Estonia/Tallinn German Gymnasium/LSU), and Mattingly teamed to win with a time of 1:24.73 while freshman Keilan Freeman (Calgary, Alberta, Canada/Argyll Centre), sophomore Fred Deal (Richboro, Pa./Father Judge/Council Rock South), and juniors Milos Djukic (Novi Sad, Serbia/Svetozar Markovic) and Justin Bronson (Oshawa, Ontario, Canada) finished second in 1:25.26.
Other finalists on the womenís side included freshman Crystal Gall (Balgonie, Saskatchewan, Canada/Dr. Martin LeBoldus) who finished second in the 1-meter diving with a score of 237.35, just two-tenths of a point off the winnerís score of 237.55 and Engler, who finished second in the 50 free with her second career-best time of the day, this time finishing with a 24.05.
Engler also led-off the 200 free relay of senior Carly Fitzpatrick (Delran, N.J./Delran), Kaplanova, and Surkovich that placed second with a time of 1:37.37. The B relay of freshmen Danielle Cruz (
Other finalists for the men included junior Evan Roseberry (
Schneider, Kutt, and Vonder Haar rounded out the finalists for the men, finishing third, fifth and eighth in the 50 free with times of 21.44, 21.67, and 21.82, respectively.
Kutt also teamed with senior Scott Auchter (
The menís divers also competed in the preliminaries of the 3-meter board, with freshmen Seth McNew (
The Retrievers will compete in Day 2 of the Patriot Invitational tomorrow with events that include the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, and womenís 3-meter diving slated to begin with a preliminaries session at 10:00 a.m.