The University of Maine men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams got back into the swing of competition on Sunday, when the Black Bears played host to Yale University. The Bulldogs swept the meet, with the Yale women’s team defeating the Black Bears 161-139 and the men’s team besting UMaine with a score of 182-109.
Although the UMaine squads did not come away with a team victory, there were many individual wins, most notably Megan Wolters, who continuined her hot streak. On Sunday, Wolters set a new UMaine women’s swim record in the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 5:07.16.
To go along with her record-breaking 500 yard freestyle, Megan Wolters also took first place in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:56.18. Tal Shpaizer took two wins in the meet with first-place finishes in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:00.32 and in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:08.55.
Karin Feldman had a strong meet with a first-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly. Feldman posted a time of 1:01.25 and a second-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:16.11. Heather Griffin finished second in two events, the 50-yard freestyle in 26.37 and in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 56.67.
Brittany Harrington finished second in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:28.65. In the relay events, the Black Bears took first place in the 200-yard medley relay.
In diving, Jessica Pratt managed to take second place in the one-meter diving event, while Shannon Scott took third place in the same event.
On the men’s side, the Black Bears were paced by Andy Magiera, who had two first-place finishes, one in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 55.73, and another win in the 200-yard individual medley. Zach Gray swam away with a win in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:17.91.
UMaine also came away from the meet with a handful of second-place finishes. Martin Fitch placed second in the 100-yard backstroke in 58.65, Zach Weinman was second in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:03.68, and Jason Stevens took second in the 100-yard freestyle in 50.45. Scott Forrestall raked in a memorable performance with a personal best in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:48.97.
In the relay events, the Black Bears took first place in the 200-yard free relay and a second place finish in the 200 yard medley relay.
Both UMaine swim and diving teams will face Providence College for their final home meet of the season at noon Friday, Jan. 16 at Wallace Pool.