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February 16, 2013 / umbcdawgblog

Swing Day

As we enter the third night of finals at the 2013 America East Swimming and Diving, both titles are up for grabs.  After seeing their lead shrink slightly last night, the men have extended their lead before the swimming has even started.  Andrew Eckhoff won the 3-meter diving competition to sweep the diving events for the second straight year.  The senior captain scored 346.85 pts. in the finals to top the field and earn his fourth gold medal in as many competitions over the last two years.  Behind Eckhoff, Pak Lam Wong took third for the Retrievers while Ryan Green, Enrique Labourdeth, and Tim Perkins finished 5th, 6th, and 7th.

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Tonight, the men will try to further their lead over Binghamton after a strong morning session.  In the 400 IM, Reed Neuendorf, Doug McCord, Mike McGee, and Patrick Husson will all compete for the Retrievers while the Bearcats only have two athletes in the finals.  Lauri Kaei will try to win his first individual gold as he enters the 100 butterfly as the top seed.  The Retrievers hold the top three seeds in the 200 free as Pierre De Waal took top seed in the prelims (1:40.27) with Rob Breen and Evan Carey just behind.  Leo Endres also broke a pool record and swam the 2nd-fastest 100 breaststroke time for UMBC (55.79) this morning to enter the evening session as the No. 1-seed.  Mohamed Hussein completed the record-breaking morning for the men with a pool record 49.18 in the 100 back.  Kaei is seeded just behind after finishing in a career-best 49.86.

The men weren’t the only ones breaking records this morning as the women set themselves up to attack the UNH lead.  Four Retrievers enter into the 400 IM led by Tara Morrissette (4:22.79) while the Wildcats send only two swimmers.  Talor Tadena set two lifetime-bests this morning to move into the finals in the 100 fly and 100 breast.  She is seeded third in the fly after swimming the fifth-fastest time in UMBC history (56.05) and second in the 100 breast with her school record time of 1:03.33.  In the 200 free, Amy Fay (500 free champ) and Erika Ronning (50 free champ) sit in the second and fourth slots while freshman Kristie Langford edged her way into the eighth spot.  Klara Pavelkova bettered her own school record in the 100 back and earned the top spot this morning with a time of 55.35.

Unofficial Men’s Standings (Prior to Saturday night session; No Diving)

1. UMBC – 444.5 pts.

2. Binghamton – 333.5 pts.

3. Maine – 191 pts.

Women’s Standings

1. UNH – 331 pts.

2. UMBC – 298.5 pts.

3. Vermont – 219 pts.

4. Maine – 188.5 pts.

5. Binghamton – 185 pts.

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