WORCESTER, Mass. - Behind its record-setting performance in the 800-yard freestyle relay, New Hampshire jumped out to an early lead over the rest of the field as the 2016 America East Swimming & Diving Championship got underway on Thursday from WPI.
After three events, New Hampshire has 125 points, while reigning champion UMBC, which had its own record-setting showing in the 200-yard medley relay, is second with 102 points. Vermont is in third (99 points) after Maggie Preston won the 1-meter diving competition, while Maine is fourth (86) and Binghamton is fifth (61).
2016 America East Swimming & Diving Championship Team Standings (Through Day 1 - 3 Events) 1. New Hampshire, 125 points 2. UMBC, 102 3. Vermont, 99 4. Maine, 86 5. Binghamton, 61
Day 1 Highlights
Vermont senior diver Maggie Preston won the one-meter diving competition, earning 248.9 points.
Preston, who won the 3-meter competition last year and was the meet's Most Outstanding Diver, eclipsed second-place finisher Coco Darelius from UMBC by 34.35 points.
New Hampshire established new meet and conference records in the 800 freestyle relay, completing the event in 7:16.14.
The Wildcat quartet of Liza Baykova, Brittany Moffitt, Jess Harper and Brittany Driscoll beat the old mark of 7:17.68, which was established by UNH in 2013.
UMBC's foursome of Lauren Day, Emily Escobedo, Amanda Day and Kristie Langford won the 200 medley relay, finishing just over two seconds ahead of second-place Vermont.
The Retrievers' time of 1:41.26 broke the existing meet and conference marks set by New Hampshire in 2011.
Day 2 begins with prelims taking place at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. Friday's events include the 50- and 500-yard freestyle and the 200-yard individual medley and freestyle relay.