WORCESTER, Mass. – UMBC emerged as the new leader atop the 2016 America East Swimming & Diving Championship standings after three days of competition. The Retrievers took the lead over New Hampshire after the 100-yard breaststroke and will look to claim their second straight title on Sunday.
After 14 events, UMBC has 626 points, followed by New Hampshire with 588.5. Vermont remains in third (466 points), while Maine is fourth (301) and Binghamton is fifth (224.5).
2016 America East Swimming & Diving Championship Team Standings (Through Day 3 – 14Events) 1. UMBC, 626 points 2. New Hampshire, 588.5 3. Vermont, 446 4. Maine, 301 5. Binghamton, 224.5
Day 3 Highlights
UMBC’s senior Coco Darelius took home the gold in the 3-meter diving event with a score of 26 points. She also won the event in 2014.
New Hampshire’s freshman Brittany Driscoll won the 400-yard IM with a time of 4:21.47 to claim her first America East individual title.
Despite being seeded third, New Hampshire’s Jess Harper won the 100-yard butterfly, winning the event with a time of 55.85.
UNH’s Liza Baykova took first in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:47.68 shaving off a little over three seconds from her prelim swim.
UMBC’s Emily Escobedo broke her own record in the 100-yard breaststroke in the prelims and broke that record again in the finals with a time of 1:00.05. It's the second-straight year she's won the event.
The wins for Harper, Baykova and Escobedo were their second individual titles of the championship after the trio took the 500 freestyle, the 50 free and 200 IM, respectively, on Friday.
In the 100-yard backstroke, the top seed, UMBC’s Lauren Day, finished first with a time of 55.82.
UMBC’s 200-yard medley relay team that broke the conference and meet record on Thursday came in first again in the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 3:44.40. This relay consisted of L. Day, Escobedo, Amanda Day and Kristie Langford .
The final day of the 2016 America East Swimming and Diving Championships kicks off with the prelims at 10 a.m. followed by the finals, during which a champion will be determined, at 5:30 p.m.