ORONO, Maine -- In an action packed day, the women's 400-yard medley relay stole the show as New Hampshire and UMBC continue to battle for first place in the standings. Just 1.5 points seperate the two squads heading into the final day. On the men's side, UMBC got another strong performance from its seniors to extend the lead over Binghamton and Maine.
Coming into the final women's race of the night, UMBC had a slight lead over New Hampshire. That lead didn't last for long, as the Wildcats turned to four of their top swimmers in the 400 medley relay. Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine), Katie Mann (Prince George, B.C.), Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) and Shelli Reed (Hollister, Calif.) completed the relay in 3:44.75 seconds, edging out the UMBC quartet by less than a second. Both Mann and Roberts also claimed victories earlier in the day, winning gold in the 400-yard individual medley and the 100-yard butterfly, respectively.
On the men's side, Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt) broke another conference record to help UMBC extend its lead. The senior touched the wall with a time of 48.53 seconds to break his own record in the 100-yard backstroke. Teammate Pierre De Waal (Pretoria, South Africa) won the 200-yard freestyle in 48.20 seconds, marking his second victory in the freestyle events at the championships. Earlier in the day, Andrew Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass.) completed his second-straight sweep of the men's diving events with a score of 331.75 on the three-meter boards.
In other highlights, Klara Pavelkova (Prague, Czech Republic) and Talor Tadena (Orangevale, Calif.) won the 100-yard backstroke and breaststroke events, respectively, for UMBC. The Binghamton men also got a huge performance from freshman Brian McKenna (Flushing, N.Y.) in the anchor leg of the 400-yard medley relay to erase a deficit and claim gold.