Courtesy: America East Communications

Relay Records Fall, Preston Crowned 1M Diving Champ on Day 1 of #AESD Championship

Release: 02/11/2016

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.