ORONO, Maine -- The America East swimming and diving championships got off to a fast start as all four relay events produced new pool records. The highlight of the day was the New Hampshire women's 800 freestyle relay team shattering the meet and conference record. In the team standings, UMBC opened up a big lead in the men's championship while the women hold a 112-106 lead over New Hampshire as we look forward to day two.
The Wildcat relay quartet of Jennifer Roberts (Springvale, Maine), Sydney Tribou (Orlando, Fla.), Shelli Reed (Hollister, Calif.) and Jenna Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick) motored to a time of 7:17.68, more than two seconds ahead of the previous conference record. UMBC, led by Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt) and Pierre De Waal (Pretoria, South Africa), followed that up by touching the wall nearly 20 seconds ahead of Maine in the men's 800 free relay.
Earlier in the day, diving action began with the three-meter women's boards and the one-meter event for the men. Sophomore Imani Williams (Syracuse, N.Y.) posted a season-best score of 272.80 to become the first Binghamton diver to win gold in the women's three-meter dive at the America East Championship. Meanwhile in the men's one-meter, Andrew Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass.) continued his great season with a second consecutive title. The senior racked up 310.10 points in the victory.
The swimming and diving championship resumes tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. Keep following via live results and on our conference Twitter account (@AmericaEast).