CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A quartet of Boston University Terriers have earned America East weekly honors for swimming and diving. Mario Caballero and Kendra Cheng have been named Male and Female Swimmer of the Week, respectively. Meanwhile on the boards, teammates Jared Schek and Melinda Matyas took home Male and Female Diver of the Week honors.
Caballero (Barcelona, Spain), won a pair of individual events for the Terriers while also lending a hand to the winning 200 medley relay squad. A three-time champion in the 100 breaststroke at the Spanish Championships, Caballero was excellent in that event against Fordham, winning with a time of 57.89. The sophomore also claimed a victory in the 200 breaststroke, racing to a time of 2:09.54. The Terrier men held off Fordham, 194.5-102.5.
Leading Boston U. on the boards was Schek (Pittsburgh, Pa.). The junior swept the diving events, winning by comfortable margins in both the one-meter (286.27) and the three-meter (292.12). The victories were the first of the year for Scheck.
Cheng (Franklin, Mass.) highlighted an excellent meet for the Terrier women, as she won the 100 free (52.36), the 200 free (1:53.42) and the 200 IM (2:07.50). The junior turned in the best 100 free time in the conference so far this season. Boston U. beat Fordham 178-120, as Cheng won multiple events for the second consecutive meet.
Sweeping the diving events for the second meet in a row was Matyas (Budapest, Hungary). The senior had a score of 293.32 in the one-meter event and 301.72 in the three-meter. Matyas, a three-time Hungarian national champion, has four victories on the year.
There was plenty of other action around the conference this weekend, as everyone except UMBC was in action. Binghamton fell to Massachusetts in both the men’s and women’s meet. Tim Cabasino (Long Beach, N.Y.) was a bright spot for the Bearcats, however, winning the 50 free and the 100 fly events.
Maine had a busy weekend, taking on Bryant on Thursday before competing in a dual meet with Boston College and Liberty on Friday. The men lost on both days while the women fell to Bryant but were victorious over Boston College in the dual meet. Kara Capossela (Greenwich, Conn.) swept the diving events in the dual meet.
New Hampshire also had a dual meet this weekend, as the Wildcats took on Bryant and Central Connecticut State on Friday, coming out on top against both foes. Junior Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) won the 1000 free and the 200 fly for New Hampshire.
Vermont had an easy win over Siena on Saturday, breaking some records in the process. Sophmore Ilsa Feierabend (Madison, Wis.) broke the Siena pool record in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:07.87. Four Catamount rookies also set a Vermont freshman record in the 200 freestyle relay.
This weekend will again be a busy one for America East swimming and diving squads, as all six schools will see action. Boston U. kicks things off on Friday as it hosts Brown. The rest of the action comes on Saturday. Binghamton will visit Drexel, the women from Maine and Vermont will square off in Orono, UMBC plays host to Howard and New Hampshire welcomes Rhode Island. The Maine men will take the weekend off.
2012-13 America East Performers of the Week
Oct. 16 – Men’s Swimmer of the Week: Pierre De Waal (UMBC); Men’s Diver of the Week: Andrew Eckhoff (UMBC); Women’s Swimmer of the Week: Christa Weaver (Vermont); Women’s Diver of the Week: Ellen Pelletier (New Hampshire)
Oct. 23 – Men’s Swimmer of the Week: Mohamed Hussein (UMBC); Men’s Diver of the Week: Andrew Eckhoff (UMBC); Women’s Swimmer of the Week: Jennifer Roberts (New Hampshire); Women’s Diver of the Week: Corinna Darelius (UMBC)
Oct. 30 – Men’s Swimmer of the Week: Mohamed Hussein (UMBC); Men’s Diver of the Week: Travis Wibby (Maine); Women’s Swimmer of the Week: Jennifer Roberts (New Hampshire); Women’s Diver of the Week: Kara Capossela (Maine)
Nov. 6 – Men’s Swimmer of the Week: Mario Caballero (Boston U.); Men’s Diver of the Week: Jared Schek (Boston U.); Women’s Swimmer of the Week: Kendra Cheng (Boston U.); Women’s Diver of the Wekk: Melinda Matyas (Boston U.)