Strong Day in the Pool Catapults New Hampshire Women Into First
ORONO, Maine -- A record-setting performance in the 200-yard individual medley helped the New Hampshire women take a lead on day two of the America East swimming and diving championships. After 15 events, the Wildcats have racked up 331 points, maintaining a 32.5 point lead over second-place UMBC. Meanwhile, the UMBC men continue to be on top, scoring 369.5 points so far.
Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine) swam a 2:00.42 to break her own America East record and help her squad break into first-place. Improving upon her preliminary time by .07 seconds, Roberts time in the finals meets the cutoff for an NCAA Consideration time. Later in the night, New Hampshire took second in the 200-yard freestyle relay behind the efforts of Shelli Reed (Hollister, Calif.), Jenna Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick), Emily Magnavita (South Glastonbury, Conn.) and Megan Suffel (Cornwall, Ontario).
The 200-yard individual medley record also fell on the men's side, as UMBC senior Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt) bested his time in the preliminaries by nearly two seconds. Hussein touched the wall with a time of 1:45.67, shattering the conference record and posting an NCAA Consideration time. To follow that effort up, Hussein swam the anchor leg in the 200-yard freestyle relay and helped the Retrievers erase a deficit to claim the win. Sophomore Lauri Kaei (Harjumaa, Estonia) had a great turn in the third leg to get it to Hussein.
UMBC's Katie Bean (Mechanicsville, Va.) claimed a victory on the women's one-meter boards with a score of 267.45. In other highlights, Tim Cabasino claimed the full 20 points for Binghamton with a time of 20.86 second in the men's 50-yard freestyle.
Day three of the America East swimming and diving championships will begin at 10 a.m. with the trials for the 400-yard individual medley. Make sure to log on to Championship Central on AmericaEast.com for live results links, daily highlights and more.
Men's Team Scores
- UMBC, 369.5
- Binghamton, 301.5
- Maine 191
- New Hampshire, 331
- UMBC, 298.5
- Vermont, 219
- Maine, 188.5
- Binghamton, 185