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Bronson, Reitz Break School Records as UMBC Men Lead America East Swimming and Diving Championships
Senior Justin Bronson broke his own 500 free record on Friday.
BOSTON-Senior Justin Bronson (Oshawa, Ontario, Canada/Msgr. Paul Dwyer) and sophomore Brad Reitz (Gambrills, Md./Arundel) both set school records on their way to earning gold during the second day of the America East Championships in Boston.
After two days of competition, the men have taken over the lead with 295 points, just two points over Boston. The women's side is in third with 214 points, 70 points behind leader Boston University.
Bronson finished the 500 free in 4:24.91, while Reitz touched in the 200 individual medley in 1:48.67. Junior Matt Mattingly (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) earned silver in the 200 IM in 1:50.32.
On the women's side, junior Sam Maccherola (Woolford, Md./South Carroll/Tennessee) earned silver in the 500 free in 4:50.53, while freshman Abbey McKenney (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine) earned bronze in the 50 free in a time of 23.76. Maccherola's time was the second fastest in UMBC history, while McKenney's was third fastest.
In the final events of the day, the women's team of Maccherola, freshman Ashley Miller (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach), senior Daniele Surkovich (Ellicott City, Md./Wilde Lake) and freshman Abbey McKenney (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine) broke the school record in a time of 1:34.80, finishing second. The men's side sophomore Eric Jones (Gambrills, Md./Arundel), senior Milos Djukic (Novi Sad, Serbia & Montenegro/Svetozar Markovic), Matt Mattingly and freshman Jason Mattingly (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) finished in 1:22.15, just one-tenth of a second over the school record.
The competition continues tomorrow with the prelim session at 10 a.m. For live updates visit the UMBC Dawg Blog, live from Boston.