The America East conference swimming and diving championships came to the University of Maine this week, and the home team left it all in Wallace Pool by setting three school records on the first day of competition, three more the second day, and seven on the third day. Four records were broken during preliminaries and again in the championship.
The first record to fall on day one was the 400 freestyle relay comprised of junior Lauren Dwyer, senior Carmen Linden, junior Shannon Bender, and senior Kara Dubiel took home fourth place with a time of 7 minutes, 34.46 seconds.
Freshman Taylor Sharp, sophomore Naja Harvey, junior Erica Smrcina, and senior Jenn Trodden set the 200 freestyle relay school mark with a time of 1:43.91.
Both of those records were only one year old, but the third record of the day was one set 21 years ago. The men’s 200 freestyle relay comprised of freshman Matt England, junior Caleb Hoffman, sophomore Eric Gaulin, and freshman Shane Kinnon placed third in a time of 1:33.32.
Junior diver Kara Capossela, who broke the school record for the one- and three-meter dive, placed third in the three meter dive with a score of 264.25.
The men’s 800 meter freestyle team sophomore made up of Ryan Fahey, junior Robbie Bickford, sophomore David Vittori, and freshman Cameron Dwyer earned a second place finish with a time of 6:56.86.
On day two, Harvey and Bender broke individual records while the women’s 200 yard freestyle relay team broke their own record they set the day before.
Harvey bested the school record during the preliminary round of the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 23.71.
Bender broke an 8 year old school record during the 500 yard freestyle. Finishing in a time of 4:59.67, Bender placed sixth overall in the event.
Harvey, Trodden, L. Dwyer and sophomore Emily Buczkowski and placed third in the 200 yard freestyle final while breaking the record in a time of 1:35.57.
Fahey won the 500 yard freestyle consolation in a time of 4:39.12, C. Dwyer won the 200 yard IM consolation and missed the school record by 0.49 seconds finishing in a time of 2:06.64, and Trodden won the 50 yard freestyle consolation in a time of 24.22 with Buczkowski placing second with a time of 24.27.
The 200 yard freestyle relay team of Kinnon, Gaulin, C. Dwyer and junior Joey Quinn placed third with a time of 1:26.86.
The third day of competition brought delvered seven new school records, with Harvey, Bender, Buczkowski, England, Smrcina, the women’s 400 meter medley relay team and the 33 year old men’s 400 yard medley relay team record to take their place in the record books.
Harvey came within 0.04 seconds of becoming the 100 yard breaststroke conference champion and took home second place by setting the school record with a time of 1:02.94.
A sixth place finish for Buczkowski in a time of 57.92 in the 100 yard backstroke earned her another school record to her name.
England set the 100 yard backstroke record twice during the day, the first time during the preliminary round and again in the final round. England finished in a time of 51.42 during the finals, placing him seventh.
During the preliminary round of the 100 yard butterfly, Smrcina broke the school record in a time of 56.14. During the final round, she finished in a time of 56.40, earning her third place. Sharp won the event’s consolation final with a time of 57.11
The women’s 400 meter medley team comprised of Harvey, Buczkowski, Smrcina, and Trodden set the school record with a fifth place finish in a time of 3:51.06. England, Gaulin, Bickford, and junior Caleb Hoffman broke the 33 year old men’s 400 yard relay with a third place finish in a time of 3:29.15.
Gaulin finished in fourth place in the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 50.47 while Fahey also placed fourth in the 400 yard IM in a time of 4:05.44.
On the final day of competition, UMaine continued their record breaking ways. Sophomore Sergey Terrio broke a 35 year old school record in the 200 yard butterfly with a time of 1:53.01, good enough for a fourth place finish.
Harvey, Trodden, L. Dwyer, and Buczkowski broke a school record in the 400 yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:28.51.
Bender broke the school record in the preliminary round of the 200 yard backstroke in a time of 2:04. 90, and finished with the same time during the finals to earn her a seventh place finish.
A trio of men’s swimmers took fourth, sixth, and seventh and eighth in the 1650 yard freestyle with Senior Yuri Chornobil leading the way with a time of 16:23.69, followed by Bickford finishing at 16:38.20, Vittori at 16:45.21 and junior Brent Williams in a time of 16:59.47.
England missed the school record in the 200 meter backstroke by 0.40 seconds after placing fifth with a time of 1:52.64.
The swimmers who qualified for the Eastern College Athletic Conference championships will compete at Blodgett Pool at Harvard University from March 1-3.