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RETRIEVERS BREAK FOUR SCHOOL SWIMMING RECORDS; SPERLING FINISHES 200 BACKSTROKE WITH NCAA QUALIFYING TIME
The Retriever swimming and diving teams completed their most successful competition ever this past weekend as the men captured the Patriot Invitational title, while the women finished in third place. During the three-day meet, UMBC broke eight meet records, four school records, and established NCAA (1), ECAC (127), and USA Swimming National Championship (3) qualifying times.
On the women's side, junior Astrid Sperling led the team, as she broke the UMBC records for the 100 (57.25) and 200 backstroke. Her 2:00.87 in the 200 back also broke the invitational record, and was an NCAA quallifying time (B-cut). Along with Lindsey Prather, Holly Wittsack, and Elyse Gibson, she helped set a new school record in the 400 medley relay (3:53.26).
On the men's side, Carlos Canepa shattered the meet records in the 200 free (1:41.06), 500 free (4:34.05), and 1650 free (16:00.88). Teammate Geza Szabo also had an outstanding performance, as he broke the meet record as well as UMBC's record in the 200 fly (1:49.06).
Other first place finishers for UMBC included Jessica Prosen in the 1650 free (17:30.96), Jakub Sroczynski in the 200 back (1:49.86), Szabo in the 100 fly (50.75), Wittsack in the 500 free (5:02.60), and the men's 400 medley (3:26.34) and 800 free relay (6:53.37) teams.