BOSTON – After 27 scored
events, the Boston University
swimming and diving teams maintained their leads in front of a sellout crowd on
day three of the 2012 America East Championship.
team races are extremely tight as only four points separate Boston U. and UMBC
on the women’s side and UMBC trails the Terriers by just 16 points on the men’s
Terrier men finished day three with 628 points to keep the lead ahead of the
Retrievers, who check in with 612. Binghamton finished the day with 411 points
while Stony Brook (264) and Maine (199) complete the field.
U. controlled the day placing at least two swimmers in the top-five medal
positions in every swimming event, including wins in the 400 IM, the 100
butterfly, the 100 breaststroke and in the 400 medley relay. Sophomore Nik
Astashinsky took gold in the 400 IM, coming in at 3:56.57 to begin the Terrier’s
day. Daniel Kempf, who won two gold medals on day two, added two more with a
100 fly title (48.59) and a 400 medley relay crown (3:15.80). Jeffrey Thomas
took gold for the Terriers in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 56.12.
received another record-breaking performance from Mohamed Hussein. A night
after setting the new meet and America East record, Hussein did the same in the
100 backstroke (48.92) for an encore. Pierre De Waal defended his 200 freestyle
championship with a time of 1:38.54 and Andrew Eckhoff completed the sweep of
the men’s diving events, capturing 3-meter gold with a score of 323.75 points.
put in a strong showing in the 400 IM taking two of the top four spots as Nolan
Slesnick and Josh Saccurato finished second and fourth, respectively.
women’s action, Boston U. leads the pack with 476 points but UMBC sits in an
extremely close second with 472 points. New Hampshire is within striking
distance thanks to a pair of wins on day three with 425.5 points. Vermont holds
steady in the fourth spot finishing with 264 points. Stony Brook (215), Maine
(207.5) and Binghamton (191) round out the team standings.
clawed back from 23 points down to start day three thanks to three total
victories. Abbey McKenney followed up her title defense in the 50 free last
evening by successfully defending her 200 free crown tonight with a time of 1:49.29.
Klara Pavelkova claimed the top spot in the 100 backstroke (56.00) before
McKenney anchored the Retriever’s 400 medley relay team to gold as well.
U. remained in the lead, however, because of strong balance throughout the day.
Amanda Schmitz and Kara Zebrowski turned in the Terriers’ top individual finishes,
placing second in the 400 IM and the 100 backstroke, respectively. Boston U.’s
400 medley relay team finished third in 3:46.70.
Hampshire freshman Katie Mann broke the meet and conference record in the 400
IM tonight with a time of 4:14.10 to follow up her record-breaking 200 IM swim
last night. The Wildcats also got a win from Grace Borchers, who finished the
100 fly in 55.82. A second-place finish in the 400 medley relay has New Hampshire
in the hunt heading into the final day.
rookie Corinne Zotter picked up the Bearcat’s first win of the weekend, taking
the top spot in the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.89.
The final day of
competition begins Sunday morning at 10 a.m. from the Boston University