Feb 15, 2019
WORCESTER, Mass. - The UMBC swimming and diving programs shattered program, conference, and meet records as they competed at day two of the America East Championships on Friday. After day two, the men lead with 415.5 points and the women are in second place with 276.5 points.
RECORD BREAKING PERFORMANCES
-In the women's 500 free, senior Hania Moro earned silver as she broke the UMBC record, touching the wall with a time of 4:49.26; the senior reset Meghan Sackett's 14-year-old record of 4:50.42.
-In the men's 50 free, junior Ilia Rattsev took gold as he reset his own UMBC record and the meet record for the event with a time of 19.91; Rattsev's record stood at 20.00, set last year at the 2018 America East Championships.
-The women's 200 free relay team of Haylee Committe, Tonia Papapertrou, Maddy Popalis, and Laura Massicotte broke the school record, touching in with a time of 1:33.52; the old record, set back in 2011, stood at 1:33.67.
-In the leadoff leg of the 200 free relay, Rattsev once again shattered his own school record and reset the America East and WPI pool record as he finished the split in a time of 19.85. The time also earned him an NCAA B cut.
DAY TWO RECAP
-Elijah Wright earned his second gold of the championships, placing first in the men's 3-meter dive with a score of 305.10. Ben Parker (266.75) and Leo Buoye (253.65) finished four-five.
-In the women's 500 free, Britt Driscoll finished fourth with a time of 4:56.13. Vanessa Esposito came in fifth, touching in with a time of 5:01.44.
-The Retrievers went 1-2-3 in the men's 500 free as Garrett Wlochowski earned gold with a time of 4:29.06, followed by Kai Wisner in 4:30.73. Matt Bennici earned bronze after he touched the wall with a time of 4:31.90.
-Massicotte earned a silver in the women's 200 IM, the touching the wall in a time of 2:03.62.
-In the men's 200 IM, Alexander Gliese earned gold with a time of 1:47.89, followed by Luis Galvan in 1:49.94. Connie Ganley (1:51.30) and Jimmy Dwyer (1:52.48) finished 4-5.
-Papapertrou earned a bronze in the women's 50 free with a time of 23.61. Popalis (23.74) finished fourth.
-Tiago Asakawa followed Rattsev in the 50 free with a silver medal, touching in with a time of 20.19.
-In the men's 200 free relay, Rattsev, Asakawa, Gliese, and Ganley reset the WPI record with a time of 1:20.65.
The teams will compete in the 400 IM, 100 fly,200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, and 400 medley relay, as well as the women's 1-meter dive.
STANDINGS AFTER DAY TWO:
1) New Hampshire (290 points)
2) UMBC (276.5)
3) Maine (191.5)
4) Vermont (176)
5) Binghamton (161)
6) VMI (84)
7) Stony Brook (83)
1) UMBC (415.5 points)
2) Binghamton (334)
3) Maine (181)
4) VMI (177)