UNH Sets the Pace for 2014 #AEChamps in Day 1
WORCESTER, Mass. – After postponing Thursday evening’s events due to inclement weather, the America East swimming and diving championships got back on track Friday morning.
New Hampshire leads the way after day once off 290 points as a team.
The morning began with numerous swimmers from all five competing member institutions qualifying for the ECACs, but the highlight was in the 200-yard IM preliminaries when New Hampshire junior Katie Mann (Prince George, B.C.) broke the previous standing meet record. Mann shaved four seconds off her personal-best time of 2:04.27 to clock in at 2:00.27, a meet-best by 00.15, which was previously held by Wildcat Jenni Roberts (2:00.42, 2013). Later in the day, both Mann and Roberts went on to break that record for the second time that day, as man set the new standard at 1:59.12 with Roberts just behind at 1:59.19. Emily Escobedo of UMBC finished third and just missed Mann's record from earlier that day at 2:00.63.
In the second session of the day (Session 3), the Wildcats made a splash on the record books as they shattered WPI’s previous pool record of 1:34.39. The 200-yard IM team consisting of Jenni Roberts, Sarah Broderick, Megan Suffel and Jenna Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick) finished at 1:33.25.
On the boards, Corinna Darelius of UMBC tallied 20 points to win the gold with a preliminary score of 252.00 and a finals time of 235.30. Maine’s Silver medalist Kara Capossela earned 17 points off marks of 233.35 and 233.50, respectively, while Kim Robertson took home the bronze for the Binghamton Bearcats with tallies of 221.60 and 220.55 to earn 16 points for the team.
New Hampshire finished the day strong in the final event as they went on to win the 400 medley relay in 3:41.88 to shatter both the pool (3:50.31) and conference record (3:43.89). The quartet of Roberts, Mann, Lauren McCandless and Bull took first by more than two seconds ahead of runner up the foursome of Klara Pavelkova, Emily Escobedo, Talor Tadena and Erika Ronning of UMBC, who also surpassed the previous records with a time of 3:43.37. Binghamton grabbed the bronze (3.48.87), while Maine and Vermont rounded out the relay medley event.
The women’s swimming and diving championship continues tomorrow, February 15th at 10:00 a.m. with the 400-yard IM.
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Women’s Day One Results
1. New Hampshire, 290
2. Vermont, 183
4. Binghamton, 154
5. Maine, 137