UMBC Sweeps Swimming Honors After Dual Meet Wins Over Ranked Teams

Release: 02/02/2010
Courtesy: America East Communications

Week #13 Swimming and Diving Awards Release (PDF)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – UMBC junior Brad Reitz (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) and sophomore Abbey McKenney (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine) led the Retrievers over Delaware and William & Mary, schools both ranked in the CSCAA Mid-Major Division I Swimming and Diving Poll, and have earned the male and female Swimmer of the Week awards, respectively. Binghamton University sophomore Jenna Easton (Churchville, N.Y./Churchville-Chili) swept the board events against Niagara and has captured her first female Diver of the Week honors while Binghamton senior Bob Nolte (Schenectady, N.Y./Schenectady) has captured the male Diver of the Week accolade for the week ending January 31.

Reitz has earned his first weekly accolade after leading UMBC to wins over Delaware and William & Mary, ranked 17th and 22nd, respectively, in the Mid-Major poll. He medaled in four events at the meet, including two individual titles and one relay victory. Reitz touched first in the 100 and 200 fly with times of 51.38 and 1:53.13, respectively. In the 200 fly, Reitz bettered his season-best time and remains at third in the conference standings. He picked up another top finish at the meet in the 200 IM, placing second in 1:56.00. Reitz captured a relay victory in the 200 medley relay, which won in a time of 1:34.09.

McKenney had a strong showing for the women against No. 17 William & Mary and No. 18 Delaware last weekend. She claimed a title in the 50 free (24.39) and finished second behind William & Mary in the 100 free with a time of 52.46. McKenney’s time in the 100 free is her season best and she remains in the top-10 in the conference standings. She was also a part of the 200 medley relay squad that won in 1:47.74 and the 400 free relay team that finished second in 3:31.91.

Easton earns her first diving honor of the season after sweeping the boards against Niagara on Sunday. She placed first in the one and three-meter dives with scores of 225.09 and 224.25, respectively. In the one meter, Easton moves into the top-10 in the conference standings and in the three meter, she now ranks sixth.

Nolte led the Bearcat men over Niagara on Sunday, posting two second-place finishes in the diving events. He placed second in the one and three-meter diving events with scores of 257.78 and 241.65, respectively. Nolte moves to third in the one meter conference standings and recorded his season-best dive in the three meter.

Binghamton – The Bearcat squads defeated host Niagara on Sunday. Sophomore Nolan Slesnick (Austin, T.X./LBJ-LASA) and junior Jason Chen (Livingston, N.J./Livingston) each posted two titles, leading the men over the Purple Eagles. Slesnick touched first in the 200 free and 500 free with times of 1:46.91 and 4:46.98, respectively. His time in the 200 free is a personal season best. Chen claimed his victories in the 200 fly (1:58.04) and the 200 breast (2:21.38). Chen’s time in the 200 fly is the best this season by a Binghamton swimmer and moves him into the top-15 in the conference standings. Three freshmen also claimed titles for the Binghamton men, including David Gleason (New York, N.Y./Robert Louis Stevenson) in the 1,000 free (9:47.33), Tim Cabasino (Long Beach, N.Y./Long Beach) in the 100 breast (1:03.07) and Aaron Budner (Rockville, M.D./Walter Johnson) in the 200 IM (2:04.32). Gleason’s time in the 1,000 free is the top time by a Bearcat swimmer this season and moves him into third in the conference standings. On the boards, Bob Nolte captured two second-place finishes with scores of 257.78 and 241.65 on the one and three-meter boards, respectively. Nolte’s one-meter score moves him to third in the conference standings while his score in the three meter is a personal season best. On the women’s side, freshman Tin Wai Siu (Hong Kong, China/S.T.F.A. Leung Kau Kui) and junior Amanda Ciccone (Suffern, N.Y./Suffern) both posted two victories on Sunday. Siu claimed first in the 200 free (1:57.45) and 200 IM (2:12.33) while Ciccone won the 100 free (54.00) and the 100 fly (58.91). Freshman Melissa Lindahl (Merrick, N.Y./Sanford H. Calhoun), sophomore Maria Mazzoni (Franklinville, N.J./Delsea) and junior Danielle Gallo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown) were also double winners. Lindahl swept the back events while Mazzoni won the 200 fly (2:16.22) and 500 free (5:22.25). Mazzoni posted a personal season-best time in the 200 fly. Gallo claimed her two victories in a sweep of the breast events. In the diving events, Jenna Easton placed first on the one and three-meter boards with scores of 225.09 and 224.25, respectively. Binghamton returns to the pool on February 6 against conference rival Stony Brook.

Boston U. – The Terriers return to action on February 2-3 when they compete against crosstown rival Boston College.

Maine – Both Black Bear squads fell to Dartmouth and Boston College in a dual meet on Friday and Saturday. Senior Meaghann Fisher (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) led the women with a pair of second-place finishes. Fisher claimed second in the 100 fly and the 200 IM with times of 59.89 and 2:14.24, respectively. She also added a third-place finish in the 200 fly to the Maine tally. Freshman Jennifer Trodden (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) captured the only Black Bear win of the day, touching first in the 200 breast with a time of 2:28.17. Sophomore Lauren Thornbrough (San Diego, Calif./Rancho Bernardo) picked up two more top finishes for the women, coming in second in the 1,000 free with a season-best time of 10:48.17 and fourth in the 200 fly (2:14.46). In the diving events, senior Samantha Graham (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) finished fifth in the one-meter dive with a score of 197.65. On the men’s side, freshman Yuri Chornobil (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton) again turned in a top performance, placing fifth in the 1,000 free (10:05.36) and seventh in the 500 free (4:53.47). Senior Jamison Young (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock North) picked up a seventh-place finish for the Black Bears in the 100 back with a time of 57.56 while junior Jeremy Bender (St. Paul, Minn./Highland Park) claimed fifth in the 400 IM in 4:23.67. Maine honored its seniors on Saturday in its last regular season meet. The Black Bears will take the next couple of weeks off to prepare for the America East Championships starting on February 25.

UMBC – The Retrievers swept Delaware and William & Mary in their last dual meet of the season. It was the final home meet for UMBC’s 10 seniors, many of whom captured titles at the meet. Seniors Samantha Maccherola (Woolford, Md./South Carroll/Tennessee), Lindsay Sherman (Bethany, Conn./Amity) and Tina Cantwell (Sinking Spring, Pa./The Hill School) all captured a title at the meet for the women. Maccherola claimed the 500 free (5:01.95) while Sherman won the 100 fly (58.28) and Cantwell placed first in the 100 breast (1:06.59). Junior Amanda Shinholser (Burtonsville, Md./Springbrook) also claimed a top finish for the women, placing fourth in the one-meter with a career-best score of 209.10. On the men’s side seniors Matt Mattingly (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) and Zach Vonder Haar (Gahanna, Ohio/Columbus Academy) also claimed titles. Mattingly won the 200 IM in 1:54.52 while Vonder Haar, who won the first dual meet title of his career, touched first in the 100 back in 52.71. Vonder Haar posted a personal season-best time in the event. The UMBC men also had two swimmers capture multiple titles, including juniors Eric Jones (Gambrills, Md./Arundel) and Brad Reitz. Jones placed first in the 100 free (47.02) and 200 free (1:41.63) while Reitz won the 200 fly (1:53.13) and the 100 fly (51.38). Reitz remains at third in the 200 fly conference standings, but betters his season-best time in the event. Freshman Andrew Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass/Chelmsford) also captured a top finish for the men, placing second in the one-meter dive with a score of 244.45. The Retrievers will take some time off to prepare for the America East Championships on February 25.

New Hampshire – The Wildcats, who are 6-1 in dual meets this season, return to the pool on Wednesday, February 3 at Dartmouth in their final meet before the conference championship.

Stony Brook – The Seawolves next compete against conference foe Binghamton on Saturday, February 6 in their final dual meet of the 2010 season.

Vermont – The Catamounts improved to 10-6 in dual meets this season with wins over Bryant and host Rhode Island on Saturday. Vermont was led by a strong performance from its divers. The Catamounts swept the one-meter dive led by freshman Susannah Gruner (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston), who won the event with a score of 216.14. Gruner took second in the three-meter dive (210.74) behind sophomore teammate Lauren Colby (Andover, Mass./Andover), who won with a score of 217.87. Colby also placed second on the one-meter with a score of 209.69. Junior Kate Weaver (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington) led the swimmers, picking up a pair of wins. Weaver swept the back events, touching first in the 100 and 200 back with times of 59.87 and 2:08.06, respectively. Sophomore Avery Pittman (Raleigh, N.C./Enloe) also claimed two titles, placing first in the 100 (59.38) and 200 (2:10.26) fly. Weaver also took second in the 100 fly. Vermont earned two more first-place finishes with freshman Kailey Gardner (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca) winning the 1,000 free (10:41.77) and senior Molly MacMillan (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) leading a sweep of the 500 free. Gardner placed second in the 500 free behind MacMillan. Sophomore Katie Heenan claimed another pair of top finishes for the squad, coming in second in the 1,000 free and third in the 500 free. The Catamounts return to the pool February 5-6 when part of the squad takes part in the Middlebury Invitational.