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Swimmers and divers from Binghamton, UMBC and Vermont take home weekly awards.
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Retrievers Joined by Catamount and Bearcat as Weekly Award Winners

Release: 11/22/2011
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - UMBC rattled off some impressive performances in the pool over the weekend to net a pair of swimmer of the week honors. Junior Pierre De Waal (Pretoria, South Africa/Tuks Sport) takes home the nod on the men’s side while senior Abbey McKenney (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine) collects the women’s award. Vermont’s Lauren Colby (Andover, Mass./Andover) earns the female diver of the week award and Binghamton’s Devin Zdanowski (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton) does the same for the men.

De Waal picked up three individual victories while also anchoring the 800 free relay to gold. He began the meet by setting season-best times in the 500 (4:35.32) and 200 free (1:39.87). De Waal set a meet record at the Patriot Invitational with his victory in the 200 fly (1:48.15). This is the second time this season De Waal is swimmer of the week.

At the Patriot Invitational, McKenney won all three of her individual events and helped win two relays. She set two meet records and two school records in the 100 back (56.17) and 200 back (2:00.39). She also won the 100 free (50.28).  The senior also swam the first leg of the 800, 400 and 200 free relays. UMBC set meet records in both the 400 and 800 picking up wins in both. The 200 relay team finished second but did set a school record in the process.

Colby took the top spot in the one-meter dive with a score of 228.83 to help Vermont top Bryant on Sunday. The Catamounts went 1-2-3 in the event. This is Colby’s third diver of the week award in her career at Vermont.

Zdanowski won the one-meter dive against Marist setting a Binghamton freshman record in the process with his score of 298.95. That is also the second best score in Bearcat history. Zdanowski also took second off the three-meter board tallying 252.15 points.

Binghamton University
fought hard but was swept by Marist College last weekend. The Bearcat men fell by the slim margin of 152-148, while the women were defeated 172-110. Juniors Tim Cabasino (Long Beach, N.Y./Long Beach) and Andrew Ellman (Yonkers, N.Y./Fordham Prep) along with Nolan Slesnick (Austin, Texas/LBJ-LASA) each swam to a pair of victories. Cabasino won the 50 free (22.09) and 100 fly (52.05), while Ellman swept the breaststroke events, taking the 100 in 1:10.48 and the 200 in 2:14.98. Slesnick took both distance races, finishing the 500 free in a time of 4:47.57 and the 1,000 in 9:57.10. For the women, freshman Caitlin Kelly (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley) continued her hot start winning the 50 (24.67) and 100 free (53.75). Classmate Shannon Lampe (East Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) was also victorious, taking the 100 back in a time of 1:00.13. Binghamton is off until Jan. 14 when it welcomes Buffalo.

Boston University
hosted the Terrier Invitational over the weekend with the men earning a third-place finish out of eight teams and the women collecting a fifth-place finish out of nine teams. For the Terrier men, Daniel Kempf (Austin, Texas/Lyndon Banies Johnson) swam to two individual wins while also leading two relay teams to wins. Kempf won the 50 (21.14) and 100 freestyle (45.99) and placed third in the 100 fly (1:42.76). Freshman Connor Stuewe (Monterey, Calif./Stevenson School) also earned a win for the Terriers touching the wall first in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:49.96. Stuewe and Kempf swam the last two legs of Boston U.’s first-place 400 freestyle relay to close out a winning time of 3:03.51. The Terriers also won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:22.91. For the women, junior Katie Radin (Hanover, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) and senior Kristen Connors (Mansfield, Mass./Bishop Feehan) each turned in a third-place finish. Radin finished the 200 backstroke in 2:04 and Connors clocked in at 2:19.63 in the 200 breaststroke. Boston U.’s best relay effort came in the 400 medley – a fifth-place finish. The Terrier Invitational wrapped up fall competition for Boston U., which will return to action on Jan.16 when it visits New Hampshire.

Maine
had the week off from the pool and will return to action on Dec. 2 at the Rhode Island Invitational.

The UMBC swimming and diving teams both claimed victory at the Patriot Invitational held last weekend at George Mason. The men won the event for the sixth consecutive year, while the women won for the fourth time in five years. Senior Abbey McKenney led the women by claiming three individual victories and helping two relays claim gold as well. Her wins in the 100 (56.17) and 200 (2:00.39) backstroke events set new school and meet records. She also won the 100 freestyle (50.28). The 800 and 400 freestyle relays also set new meet records. Junior Jennifer Kotonias (Burtonsville, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) claimed victory in both the 500 free (4:54.76) and 200 fly (2:01.58). For the men, Pierre De Waal won three individual events while anchoring the 800 free relay to a win. De Waal set a new meet record in the 200 fly touching the wall in 1:48.15. Three other Retrievers won events as Mike McGee (Chalfont, Pa./La Salle College) won the 200 IM (1:52.85), junior Steve Gallagher (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson) won the 100 breaststroke (57.22) and sophomore Johan Rohtla (Tallinn, Estone/Tallinn Secondary Science) won the 200 back (1:48.38). The Retrievers now have the remainder of the 2011 calendar year off from competition.

Jessica Little (Barrie, Ontario) collected two top 10 finishes, as the New Hampshire women’s swimming and diving team finished sixth at the Terrier Invitational over the weekend. Little claimed the best individual performance for the Wildcats taking fifth place in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:05.97. She also took fifth place in the 200 breaststroke (2:21.60). Shelli Reed (Hallister, Calif.) turned in a pair of fourth-place finishes in the 50 (24.30) and 100 free (52.42). The Wildcats return to action on Dec. 4 when they take on Vermont.

The Stony Brook swimming and diving teams wrapped up the 2011 portion of their schedule on Sunday at the Terrier Invitational. The men’s team placed seventh overall while the women’s squad took ninth. Junior Julie Policht (Toronto, Ontario) set a program record in the 200 fly, placing third with a time of 2:03.52. Policht broke her own record finishing .58 seconds faster than her previous time. The women’s 400 freestyle quartet also fared well, taking fifth out of 22 teams in 3:32.57. On the men’s side, senior Sean Conway (East Northport, N.Y.) turned in a fifth-place showing in the 200 freestyle checking in at 1:41.85. Stony Brook will now head to Mayaguez, Puerto Rico for intersession training, before returning to the pool against Lafayette on Jan. 18.

Vermont kept its perfect record on the season with a 168.5-108.5 win over Bryant at home on Saturday. A trio of Catamounts each earned a pair of victories on the afternoon. Senior Avery Pttman (Raleigh, N.C./Enloe) swept the butterfly events. She led a 1-2-3 finish in the 200 with a time of 2:08.24. Kailey Gardner won the 500 (5:12.57) and 1,000 (10:34.08) freestyle events, leading 1-2-3 finishes in both. Sophomore Claudia Etherington (Perth, Australia/St. Hilda’s) was victorious in the 100 in a pool record time of 57.12 and 200 (2:02.30) backstroke events and also swam the first leg of the 400 medley relay team that also took home first place in 3:58.18. Etherington was joined on the relay by freshman Laura Stephens (West Chester, Pa./Unioniville), Pittman and freshman Katie Adams (Houston, Texas/Cypress Creek). Stephens also earned a win in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.36). Vermont also took the top three spots in the one-meter dive, led by senior Lauren Colby with a score of 228.83. The Catamounts return to action on Dec. 4 when they travel to face America East rival New Hampshire.

America East will not report next week, but will return on December 6.
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