WORCESTER, Mass. - New Hampshire continues to lead the 2016 America East Swimming & Diving Championship at the end of Day 2 with a slight advantage over UMBC.
After seven events, New Hampshire has 299 points, while reigning champion UMBC is second with 282 points. Vermont is in third (240 points) after taking home the gold in the 200-yard freestyle relay Friday, while Maine is fourth (165) and Binghamton is fifth (116).
2016 America East Swimming & Diving Championship Team Standings (Through Day 2 - 7 Events) 1. New Hampshire, 299 points 2. UMBC, 282 3. Vermont, 240 4. Maine, 165 5. Binghamton, 116
Day 2 Highlights
New Hampshire’s Jess Harper took home the gold in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:48.63, breaking the conference and meet records, which were set back in 2009 by Vermont.
UMBC’s junior Emily Escobedo broke the meet and conference records in the prelims of the 200 IM with a time of 1:57.03, which also bested the NCAA B-cut standard.
Escobedo backed up her record by winning the event for the second-straight year in the evening’s finals, finishing over six seconds ahead of any other competitor.
New Hampshire’s Liza Baykova went from last years’ runner up in the 50 freestyle to a champion as a sophomore. The Russian native touched just ahead of a competitive field, finishing .19 before UMBC’s Kristie Langford.
Vermont won the 200 freestyle relay for the first time in school history. The Catamount quartet of Courtney Gray, Sarah Mantz, Kira Hancock and Christa Weaver took the race with a time of 1:34.09.
Day 3 begins with prelims taking place at 10 a.m. and finals at 5:30 p.m. Saturday’s events include the 3 meter diving, 400-yard individual medley relay, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breastroke, 100-yard backstroke and the 400-yard medley relay.