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Men Extend Lead, Women Sit in Second After Day 3 of 2010 America East Championships
Senior Sam Maccherola
BOSTONóThe UMBC menís and womenís swimming and diving teams took home three golds as the men extended their lead going into the final day of the 2010 America East Championships in Boston.
The men now have 650.5 points, followed by
In the women's 200 free, senior Sam Maccherola (Woolford, Md./South Carroll/Tennessee) earned gold in an NCAA-provisional qualifying time of 1:48.63. Sophomore Abbey McKenney (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine) took home bronze in 1:50.42, while freshman Amy Fay (Haverhill, Mass/Haverhill) finished eighth in 1:53.28.
Junior Eric Jones (Gambrills, Md./Arundel) earned gold in the men's 200 free in a time of 1:38.68 and did not lead until the final turn. Sophomore Mark Garbowski (
Senior Matt Mattingly (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) and
Freshman Tara Morrissette (Somersworth, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas) earned the bronze in the women's 400 IM in a UMBC-record time of 4:25.20. Fellow freshman Jennifer Kotonias (Burtonsville, Md/Academy of Holy Cross) finished fifth in 4:27.92, while junior Rebecca Godwin (Catonsville, Md./Notre Dame Prep) placed seventh in 4:28.92.
In the menís 1-meter diving, freshman Andrew Eckhoff (
Senior Zach Vonder Haar (
Junior Mat Carson (Toronto, Ontario, Canada/Silverthorn Collegiate Institute) recorded the second-fastest time in school history in the men's 400 IM, earning silver in a time of 3:57.42. Fellow junior Dan Weston-Dawkes (
Junior Brad Reitz (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) touched second in the men's 100 fly in 49.41, while freshman Sandy Haibel () finished fourth in 49.85. In addition, Vonder Haar placed sixth in 50.73 and sophomore Ben Wolbert (
Junior Sarah Ryan (
In the women's 100 breast, junior Tina Cantwell (
Sophomore Kathryn Moorby (
In the final events of the evening, the women's 400 medley relay team of Moorby, Cantwell, Ryan and Maccherola broke the school record and finished second in a school-record time of 3:48.17. On the men's side, the team of Haibel, Matt Mattingly, Reitz and Jones also earned silver in 3:20.79.
The final day of competition starts Sunday with the prelims at 10 a.m. and the finals at 5:30 p.m.