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Richmond’s Brooke Boncher Again Top Performer, But Maryland Men and Women Each Win Terrapin Cups -- November 21, 2004

COLLEGE PARK, Md. November 21. MARYLAND took the titles, but again Richmond’s Brooke Boncher stole the show, as the three-day Terrapin Cup Invitational concluded Saturday night.

Boncher closed out a great meet with a sub-50 second 100 freestyle. Her :49.79 missed the NCAA Div. I “A” standard by only 0.01 seconds. It was her third personal best, school and A-10 record of the meet. Spider teammate Mary Adams won the 200 breaststroke with a 2:17.78, also a Div. I “B” cut. The only other Div. I “B” cut came from Ryan Smith, UConn, in her 200 back win at 1:59.33.

Maryland Terrapins wrote the rest of the story.

The Terp women dominated as a team, scoring almost twice as many points as their nearest competitor. They finished with a total of 1,341, while second-place Richmond had 698.5. The men 1,161.5 team points, defeating runner-up Connecticut (1,017.5).

Maryland got NCAA “B” standards from freshman Meghan Sackett (16:28.96) and senior Elizabeth Lavell (16:44.74) in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Seniors Marina Mulyayeva (Almaty, Kazakhstan) and Cynthia Weir (Irwin, Pa.) swam 'B' cuts in the 100-yard freestyle, tying for second place in 51.20. Megan Knepper swam a 'B' cut in the 200-yard backstroke, taking second place in 1:59.47. The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Miller, Weir, Finkler and Mulyayeva(:50.16 anchor) swam a 'B' cut time to win in 3:23.89.

On the men's side, senior Chris Brandenberger (Stony Brook, N.Y.) swam his first 'B' cut of the season, winning the 200-back in 1:47.05.

Final Team Scores
Women:
1. Maryland 1,341
2. Richmond 698.50
3. Connecticut 651
4. Northeastern 381
5. West Chester 376
6. William and Mary 231.50
7. Mary Washington 59
8. Lock Haven 47
9. Wingate 44
10. Old Dominion 35

Men:
1. Maryland 1,161.50
2. Connecticut 1,017.50
3. West Chester 794.50
4. William and Mary 416.50
5. Old Dominion 267
6. Mary Washington 169
7. Catholic 13

Maryland returns to the pool Dec. 2-4 for the U.S. Open in San Antonio, Texas.

Results: 11-20-04 Terrapin Cup