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Reitz Seeded First in 200 Fly; Esposito, Maccherola Break School Records as UMBC Swimming and Diving Competes in Prelims on Final Day of America East Championships
Junior Jennifer Esposito broke the school record in the 200 fly Sunday morning.
BOSTON--Juniors Jennifer Esposito (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst/C.W. Post) and Sam Maccherola (Woolford, Md./South Carroll/Tennessee) broke school records and sophomore Brad Reitz (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) qualified first in the 200 fly as the UMBC swimming and diving teams competed in the last prelim session of the America East Championships Sunday at Boston University.
Esposito is seeded first in the 200 free after swimming a time of 2:01.00, breaking the oldest school record held previously by Jacque Wisnauskas in 1990. Fellow Junior Lindsay Sherman (Bethany, Conn./Amity) was the second fastest qualifier in a time of 2:01.04. Senior Daniele Surkovich (Ellicott City, Md./Wilde Lake), junior Kate Chialastri (Flourtown, Pa./Plymouth Whitemarsh) and freshman Pink Kinanti (Jakarta, Indonesia/The Bolles School) also will compete in the championship final. Freshman Kathryn Moorby (Cape May, N.J./Lower Cape May Regional) and sophomore Sarah Ryan (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Oceanside) will swim in the consolation final.
Maccherola broke her second individual school record this weekend with a time of 51.02 in the 200 free. Freshman Abbey McKenney (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine) also swam under the previous record in time of 51.04. Those two will swim in the championship final, while sophomores Ryan and Danielle Cruz (Catonsville, Md./Western Tech) and freshman Ashley Miller (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) will compete in the consolation final.
In the 200 breast, junior Tereza Kaplanova (Prague, Czech Republic/Gymnazium J.G. Jankovskeho) is seeded first after swimming a time of 2:19.30. Senior Joy Wilde (Greenlawn, N.Y./Harborfields) will also compete in the championship final after a season-best time of 2:24.57. Sophomore Gaby Johnston (Windsor, Conn./Loomis Chaffee School) will swim in the consolation final.
Freshman Laura Tilman (Miami Springs, Fla./Ransom Everglades) will represent UMBC in the championship final of the 200 back, while sophomore Julie Cantwell (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson) will swim in the consolation final.
On the men's side, Reitz swam a 1:49.40 and will lead four Retrievers into the championship final. Seniors P.J. Sterba (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson) and Evan Roseberry (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson) and freshman Ben Wolbert (Finksburg, Md./Westminster) will join Reitz in the final.
In the 200 back, freshman Nour Saad (Columbia, Md./Oakland Mills) is the top UMBC qualifier as the Retrievers will have three in the championship final, including sophomore Keilan Freeman (Calgary, Alberta, Canada/Argyll Centre) and 100 back winner, senior Milos Djukic (Novi Sad, Serbia & Montenegro/Svetozar Markovic).
In the 200 breast, freshman John Mendenhall (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East) leads junior Dan Weston-Dawkes (Ellicott City, Md./Wilde Lake) and sophomore Kregg Deery (Ormond Beach, Fla./Spruce Creek) into the championship final.
Senior Justin Bronson (Oshawa, Ontario, Canada/Msgr. Paul Dwyer) will look for his third individual gold medal of the championships in the 100 free and will be joined in the final with sophomore Eric Jones (Gambrills, Md./Arundel) and freshman Jason Mattingly (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West). Senior Sven Schneider (Tallinn, Estonia/Tallinn German Gymnasium) will compete in the consolation final.
The finals session starts at 5:30 p.m. and will include the finals of all the events from the morning in addition the 1,650 free, women's 1-meter diving and the last event of the championships, the 400 freestyle relay.