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New Hampshire's Ellen Pelletier (left) picks up her second Female Diver of the Week award this season while UMBC's Andrew Eckhoff collects his fourth Male Diver of the Week nod.
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Pair of Repeat Winners Headline Weekly Swimming and Diving Awards

Release: 01/17/2012
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – We are a little over a month away from the America East Swimming and Diving Championship and conference squads kicked it into full gear in the pool this weekend.

A pair of New Hampshire Wildcats pick up the Female Swimmer and Diver of the Week nods with Katie Mann (Prince George, B.C./Duchess Park Secondary School) earning Swimmer of the Week and Ellen Pelletier (West Hartford, Conn./Conard) receiving the Diver of the Week award. Binghamton’s Josh Saccurato (Chappaqua, N.Y./Horace Greeley) collects the Male Swimmer of the Week award while UMBC’s Andrew Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) nets his fourth Male Diver of the Week honor this season.

Mann collected a pair of first-place finishes against Boston University over the weekend. Her time in the 400 IM (4:25.83) broke the pool record and is the top time in the conference this season. She also took top honors in the 200 breaststroke, clocking in at 2:20.85 for the win.

Pelletier picks up her third Diver of the Week honor after shattering a school record in the one-meter dive with a score of 290.47 to get the win against Boston U. She also finished third in the three-meter dive with a score of 250.80.

Saccurato won three events against Colgate on Sunday for his second multi-victory dual meet of the season. The Bearcat junior touched the wall first in the 200 breaststroke (2:11.49), the 200 fly (1:56.30) and the 400 IM (4:12.25) to round out a solid individual day.

Eckhoff has established himself as one the conference’s finest divers this season and continued his strong season over the weekend, scoring 322.13 points and winning the one-meter dive at Howard. The junior has already qualified for NCAA Zones this year in both the one and three-meter dives.

The Binghamton swimming and diving teams competed in two dual meets over the weekend hosting Buffalo on Saturday before heading to Colgate on Sunday. The Bearcats were swept by Buffalo but earned a split with Colgate as the men recorded their first victory of the season. Binghamton was led by Josh Saccurato’s three victories. Saccurato won the 200 breast (2:11.49), the 200 fly (1:56.30) and the 400 IM (4:12.25). Devin Zdanowski (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton) swept the boards against Colgate, setting a new freshman record in the three-meter dive. For the women, freshman Corinne Zotter (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) continued to impress, sweeping the breaststroke events. With a time of 2:23.61, Zotter set a new Bearcat record in the 200 breaststroke. Next up for Binghamton is a home dual meet with St. Bonaventure on Jan. 21.

The Boston University women’s squad took on New Hampshire in Durham over the weekend picking up a 182-118 win. The Terriers won 11 of the 16 events with eight different individuals notching first-place finishes as well as both relay teams. Amanda Schmitz (Pleasanton, Calif./Foothill) posted a pair of wins in the 200 fly (2:05.01) and the 500 free (5:05.17). Melinda Matyas (Budapest, Hungary/Eotvos Jozsef Gimnazium) lead the Terriers on the boards as she won the three-meter competition with a score of 270.97. Boston U. returns to action on Jan. 28 as the Terriers host Brown and Columbia.

Maine swept a meet at Providence over the weekend with the men winning 156.5-137.6 and the women earning a 186-112 victory. Shannon Bender (Cumberland, R.I.), Lauren Thornbrough (San Diego, Calif.) and Jenn Trodden (Reading, Mass.) all picked up a pair of victories for the women. Bender took first-place honors in both the 200 backstroke (2:25.78) and 800 free (9:26.15). Thornbrough took the top spot in the 200 fly (2:27.22) and the 200 IM (2:31.72) while Trodden was first in both the 50 free (28.12) and 200 breaststroke (2:46.28). For the men, Yuri Chornobil (Rochester, N.Y.) placed first in both the 200 (2:00.96) and 400 (4:16.95) freestyle while Andrew Meehan (Brewer, Maine) and Brian Landry (Yorktown, Va.) also had two-win days for the Black Bears. Maine competes this weekend as it takes on Bowdoin College on Jan. 21.

UMBC started 2012 with a sweep of Howard on Saturday. The men’s team won 119-108, while the women defeated the Bison, 123-103. Juniors Sandy Hhaibel (Rockville, Md./Richard Montgomery) and Reijo Hyvenen (Vantaa, Finland/Makelanrinteen Lukio/LSU) each won a total of three events to pace the men’s squad. Hyvenen  picked up his first UMBC wins, claiming victory in the 100 breaststroke (59.15) and 100 fly (51.00), in addition to swimming a leg in the winning 200 free relay. Haibel also swam a leg in that relay, along with the winning 200 medley relay team and earning his first individual win, the 50 free (22.18). For the women, sophomore Talor Tadena (Orangeville, Calif./Bella Vista) claimed three victories to lead the Retrievers. She won the 100 breaststroke in 1:07.82 and led both the 200 medley and 200 free relay teams to wins. UMBC swept the diving events with juniors Andrew Eckhoff and Victoria Monetta (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett) each winning on the boards. The Retrievers return to completion this weekend when they host Loyola (Md.) and Towson on Saturday.

New Hampshire had its five-meet winning streak snapped, falling to Boston University, 182-118, on Monday at Swasey Pool. Katie Mann collected a pair of wins on the day and a pool record in the 400 IM with a time of 4:29.87. She also took the top spot in the 200 breaststroke, finishing in 2:230.85. Ellen Pelletier also etched her name into the record books with a score of 290.47 in the one-meter dive to get the win and the school record. The Wildcats are back in action when they take on Dartmouth on Jan. 21.

Stony Brook returns to the pool at Lafayette on Jan. 18.

Vermont dropped a pair of meets over the last week to start the second semester. The Cats opened the week by falling on the road to Central Connecticut State before suffering a home loss to Dartmouth, 193-107, on Sunday. Freshman Ilsa Feierabend (Madison, Wis./Madison West) and Kailey Gardner (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca) led the Catamounts with a victory and a second-place finish each. Feierabend took first place in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:00.82 and also helped the Cats go 1-2 in the 500 free. Gardner won the 500 in 5:05.55, while Feierabend followed in second. UVM returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Northeastern starting at 12 p.m.
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