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Women's Swimming and Diving Reclaim Patriot Invitational Title, Men Win Fourth Straight Crown
FAIRFAX, Va.óThe UMBC menís and womenís swimming and diving teams captured the 2009 George Mason Patriot Invitational crowns Sunday in Fairfax, Va. The men, who claimed their fourth straight title finished with 922.5 points, while women, who scored 1,006 points, won their second title in three years.
In the womenís mile, junior Rebecca Godwin (Catonsville, Md./Notre Dame Prep) won the gold in 17:08.13, while freshman Amy Fay (Haverhill, Mass/Haverhill) touched third in 17:29.80. Junior Mat Carson (Toronto, Ontario, Canada/Silverthorn Collegiate Institute) was the top finisher in the menís mile in 16:21.97.
In the menís 1-meter diving, freshman Andrew Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass/Chelmsford) capped an impressive weekend with a fourth-place finish with 253.90 points.
Sophomore Nour Saad (Columbia, Md./Oakland Mills) earned the silver in the menís 200 back in 1:49.78, while fellow sophomore Kelsey Fitzpatrick (Delran, N.J./Delran) led the Retriever women, finishing fourth in 2:05.75.
In the womenís 100 free, senior Sam Maccherola (Woolford, Md./South Carroll/Tennessee) claimed the silver in 51.50, while sophomore Abbey McKenney (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine) touched fourth in 52.47. Junior Eric Jones (Gambrills, Md./Arundel) was the top male in sixth in a time of 46.74.
Senior Tereza Kaplanova (Prague, Czech Republic/Gymnazium J.G. Jankovskeho) won the womenís 200 breast in a time of 2:19.10, while junior Phillip Novotny (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Warde) earned the bronze in the menís race in 2:07.59.
The Retriever women went 1-2-3 in the womenís 200 fly with senior Jennifer Esposito (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst/C.W. Post) winning the gold in 2:02.06. Senior Lindsay Sherman (Bethany, Conn./Amity) and junior Sarah Ryan (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Oceanside) claimed the silver and bronze, respectively. In the menís 200 fly, freshman Sandy Haibel (Rockville, Md/Richard Montgomery) swam the ninth fastest time in UMBC history, finishing fourth in 1:52.44.
In the final event of the meet, the womenís 400 free relay team of Maccherola, junior Erin Wohlers (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Charles W. Baker), and sophomores Ashley Miller (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) and McKenney claimed silver in 3:28.88, while the menís 400 free relay of Jones, junior Zach Vonder Haar (Gahanna, Ohio/Columbus Academy) and freshmen Herol Marjak (Harjumaa, Estonia/Tallinn Sec Science School) and Steve Gallagher (Sinking Spring, Pa/Wilson) earned bronze in 3:07.25.
This was the final meet of 2009 for both teams with UMBCís next meet coming on Jan. 9 at home against Drexel and Howard at 1 p.m.