A Trio of Terriers and a Bearcat Capture Swimming and Diving Honors
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After leading their squads to wins over conference rivals University of Vermont and Binghamton University, Boston University junior Bryon Kallert (New Milford, N.J./New Milford), sophomore Amanda Schmitz (Pleasanton, Calif./Foothill) and freshman Melinda Matyas (Budapest, Hungary/Eotvos Jozsef Gimnazium) capture this week’s America East male and female Swimmers of the Week and the female Diver of the Week, respectively. Binghamton sophomore Nick Turner (Pelham Manor, N.Y./Fordham Prep) claims the male Diver of the Week award for the week ending November 1 after sweeping the men’s boards against conference foes.
Kallert earns his second 2009 Swimmer of the Week honors after leading the Terriers to a win over Binghamton on Saturday. Swimming the first leg of the 400 medley relay, Kallert claimed his first win of the day. He then touched first in the 200 free in 1:43.93 and captured his third win in the 200 back with a time of 1:54.56.
Schmitz led the Boston U. women to two wins over Vermont and Binghamton on October 31. Swimming the last leg of the 400 medley relay, Schmitz touched in time for the team to capture second place. She then posted wins in the 200 IM and the 500 free with times of 2:09.98 and 5:05.17, respectively.
Matyas captures her third Diver of the Week accolade after again winning both diving events. Leading the Terriers to a sweep of both boards, Matyas claimed the one-meter with a score of 264.55 and topped the conference competition on the three-meter with a score of 276.15.
With a sweep of the men’s boards, Turner garners his second 2009 Diver of the Week award. Turner improved on his third-place finish on the one-meter dive earlier this year by taking the one-meter with a score of 273.85. He also won the three-meter with a score of 308.60.
Binghamton – The Bearcat women defeated Vermont before both Binghamton squads fell to Boston U. in their first home meet of the season on Saturday. Freshman Tin Wai Siu (Hong Kong, China/S.T.F.A. Leung Kau Kui ) and junior Amanda Ciccone (Suffern, N.Y./Suffern) each posted a pair of top-two finishes to lead the Bearcat women. Siu capturing first in the 200 fly with a time of 2:05.96 and second in the 200 free while Ciccone placed first in the 100 free with a time of 52.92 and second in the 50 free. Freshman Melissa Lindahl (Merrick, N.Y./Sanford H. Calhoun) also claimed a top-two finish, placing second in the 200 back. On the boards for the women, junior Liz Eposito (Brooklyn, N.Y./Midwood) finished fifth on the three meter. Junior Jason Chen (Livingston, N.J./Livingston) led the men with a first-place finish in the 200 IM in a time of 1:56.96 and a second-place finish in the 200 back. Freshman Josh Saccurato (Chappaqua, N.Y./Horace Greeley) also claimed a title for the men, touching first in the 200 fly in 1:59.73 while sophomore Joe Perez-Rogers (Woodstock, N.Y./Woodstock) earned two second-place finishes for the Bearcats in the 50 and 100 free. Nick Turner won both of the men’s diving events, winning the one-meter and three-meter with scores of 273.85 and 308.60, respectively. Senior Bob Nolte (Schenectady, N.Y./Schenectady) finished third on both boards for the men. The Bearcat men and women next compete at UMass on November 7.
Boston U. – The Terrier women remain undefeated in head-to-head action after posting two wins over Vermont and Binghamton on Saturday. Boston U.’s men’s team improves to 2-1 with a win over Binghamton. Junior Maria McIntyre (Herndon, Va./Chantilly) and Amanda Schmitz led the women each posting two victories for the Terriers. Schmitz claimed two individual titles, touching first in the 200 IM and the 500 free with times of 2:09.98 and 5:05.17, respectively. McIntyre captured her first win of the meet as a member of the 400 medley relay and won the 50 free in 23.79. Melinda Matyas led the Terrier women in a sweep of the one and three-meter boards with juniors Sarah Colton (Wheatfield, N.Y./Niagara Wheatfield) and Bailey O’Brien (Putnam Valley, N.Y./Putnam Valley) capturing second and third, respectively. Bryon Kallert led the men, leading off the 400 medley relay that opened the meet with a win for Boston U. Kallert also claimed two individual wins, touching first in the 200 free and the 200 back with times of 1:43.93 and 1:54.56, respectively. Both junior Kyle Ernst (Seekonk, Mass./Seekonk) and sophomore Jackson Hill (Naperville, Ill./Naperville North), members of the 400 medley relay, posted individual wins with Ernst leading a Terrier sweep of the 500 free and Hill capturing the 50 free. Senior Tyson Slesnick (Austin, Texas/Rutgers) also earned two individual victories for the men, winning the 1,000 free and the 200 breaststroke. Boston U. returns to action on November 8 against Colgate.
Maine – By only a few points, the Black Bears fell in their home-opener against Rhode Island on Saturday. The men lost by four points, falling 145-141, while the women were edged by URI, 155-145. Sophomores Brian Landry (Yorktown, Va./Hampton Roads Academy) and Drew Mackeil (Biddeford, Maine/Biddeford High School) led the men with each claiming two individual titles and one relay win. Landry touched first in the 100 and 200 breast with times of 1:02.35 and 2:16.55, respectively while Meckeil posted two wins in the 100 and 200 fly with times of 53.63 and 2:00.22, respectively. Landry and Meckeil were also members of the 200 medley relay that claimed first in a time of 1:40.48. Freshman Jennifer Trodden (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) led the women in the swimming events while senior Samantha Graham (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) led Maine on the boards. Trodden claimed first in two events, winning the 100 breast in 1:09.07 and the 200 breast in 2:27.58. In the 200 IM, Trodden posted a second place finish. Graham captured both diving titles, claiming the one-meter with a score of 242.33 and the three-meter with a score of 220.65. Sophomore Alicia Hahn (Falmouth, Maine/Falmouth) and senior Meaghann Fisher (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) also recorded first-place finishes for the women, touching first in the 200 back in 2:10.96 and the 100 fly in 59.86, respectively.
UMBC – The Retrievers will return to action on Saturday, November 14 when they travel to Maryland to compete against the host Terrapins and Towson.
New Hampshire- The Wildcats next compete at Central Connecticut State on November 7 when they try to improve on their 2-0 season start.
Stony Brook – The Seawolves men’s and women’s squads fell at Massachusetts on Saturday. Junior Lukasz Ochmanski (Lodz, Poland/Kosciuszko Memorial) and freshman Ivan Kopas (Kikinda, Serbia/Technical School Kikinda) led the men each posting two individual wins. Ochmanski captured the 1,000 free, beating out teammate junior Nathan Fleshman (Monroe, Mich./Monroe), and he also won the 500 free with a time of 4:46.51. Ochmanski also picked up a second-place finish in the 400 IM, finishing four seconds out of first. Kopas captured two individual titles in the 100 and 200 back and placed third in the 50 free. Sophomore Sean Conway (Oakdale, N.Y./Connetquot) captured another victory for the Seawolves, touching first in the 100 free in 47.31. Conway also picked up a second-place finish for the men in the 200 free. Sophomore Darcy Heuser (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville) led the women with one first-place relay title and three individual second-place finishes. Heuser swam the second leg of the 400 free relay that won with a time of 3:39.66 and finished second in the 100 and 1,000 free and the 100 fly. The women claimed three other wins with freshman Julie Policht (Mississauga, Ontario/Michael Power) winning the 200 fly in 2:09.81, and sophomores Deirdre Leong (Forest Hills, N.Y./Mary Louis Academy) and Mallory Breen (Quispamsis, New Brunswick/St. Malachy’s Memorial) capturing the 200 back in 2:13.45 and 400 IM in 4:47.67, respectively. On the three-meter board, sophomore Shanna Murphy (Chester, N.Y./Monroe-Woodbury) and junior Megan Furrer (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst) finished second and third, respectively. Stony Brook returns home on November 7 when it hosts Maine.
Vermont – The Catamounts fall to 4-2 overall this season with two losses to conference opponents Binghamton and Boston U. on Saturday. Freshman Kailey Gardner (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca) led Vermont, winning the 1,000 free and setting a new Binghamton pool record time of 10:24.58. Gardner also captured two second-place finishes in the 200 IM and the 500 free with times of 2:10.67 and 5:08.16. Senior Colleen Clark (Unionville, Conn./Farmington) captured the only other title for the Catamounts, placing first in the 200 free in 1:53.94. Clark picked up a second top-two finish, claiming second in the 100 free with a time of 53.26. The Catamounts return to action on Saturday November 14 when they travel to face conference rival Maine.