CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The UMBC men’s swimming and diving team was been picked to win its eighth consecutive America East Championship in the 2010 America East Preseason Swimming and Diving Poll, while the women have been picked to finish second.
On the women’s side, Boston U. was unanimously picked to win its third straight title, receiving six first-place votes and 36 points, while UMBC earned one first-place vote and 31 points overall. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team. New Hampshire grabbed the third spot, with 26 points, followed by Vermont in fourth, with 20 points. Binghamton (15), Stony Brook (12) and Maine (7) took fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively.
The women are led by junior Abbey McKenney (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine), who won the 100 free at last year’s conference championship and broke the UMBC record in the 50 and 100 free events, and seniors Rebecca Godwin (Catonsville, Md./Notre Dame Prep) and Sarah Ryan (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Oceanside). Godwin finished third in the 1,650 free at the same meet, while Ryan claimed bronze in the 100 fly. Sophomore Tara Morrissette (Somersworth, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas) was named the 2010 America East Most Outstanding Rookie after finishing third in the 200- and 400-yard individual medleys and fourth in the 200 fly.
On the men’s side, UMBC, who earned three first-place votes and 15 points overall, were picked as slight favorites over Boston University, who garnered two first-place votes and 14 points. Binghamton comes in at the third spot, with 10 points. The Bearcats are followed by Stony Brook, with seven points, and Maine, with four points.
The Retrievers are led by seniors Eric Jones (Gambrills, Md./Arundel) and Brad Reitz (Ellicott City, Md./Howard). Jones won the 200-yard freestyle at the 2010 conference meet, while Reitz is the three-time defending champion in the 200-yard butterfly.
The Retrievers open the 2010-11 season Friday with a non-scored meet against Bucknell at 6 p.m.