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UMBC Swimming and Diving Travels to Maine for America East Championships This Weekend
ORONO, MaineóThe UMBC menís and womenís swimming and diving teams return to the University of Maine in Orono, Maine for the second time since joining the America East Conference in 2003. The last time the Retrievers journeyed to the far north the menís team claimed its first-ever America East title, not only for the team, but for the school as a whole.
It seems fitting that they make the trek once again as they vie for an unprecedented fifth-straight conference title and their 11th straight league championship while UMBC seeks to become the first school in conference history to win back-to-back menís and womenís championship titles. Only
The Retrievers have already made history in the 2007-08 season, as they downed the Maryland Terrapins on both the menís and womenís sides in their first meeting in seven years, and they will look to make history again as they kick-off competition at the 2008 America East Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday.
On the menís side, UMBC returns just two conference champions from 2007 in junior Justin Bronson (
Kutt, last yearís Most Outstanding Male Rookie, 100 backstroke champion, and runner-up in the 200 backstroke holds the conferenceís fastest times in both events this year, as well as part of the fastest 200 and 400 medley relays. The sophomore is undefeated in the 200 backstroke this season and has won the event on nine different occasions.
Bronson, the 2007 champion in the 100 freestyle and as part of the 800 freestyle relay, is the top seed in the 200 freestyle, and as part of the 400 and 800 freestyle relays and the 400 medley relay. Bronson is also undefeated this season, in the 200 freestyle, and has won that event nine times.
Freshman Brad Reitz (
Senior Scott Auchter (
On the womenís side, the Retrievers also return two past conference champions, in juniors Tina Cantwell (
Surkovich, the 2007 champion in the 50 freestyle, holds the conferenceís top times in the 100, 200, and 500 freestyles and as part of the 200 and 400 freestyle relays, while Cantwell, the defending champion in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes, holds the seasonís fastest times in those events as well as part of the 400 medley relay.
The only other top seeds on the womenís side include senior Lindsey Engler (
Competition will begin on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. with preliminary rounds for the menís 1-meter and womenís 3-meter diving and the first finals session will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the 800 freestyle relay, menís 1-meter and womenís 3-meter diving, and the 200 medley relay slated for competition.