COLLEGE PARK, Maryland, November 16. THE Maryland women's swimming and diving program took the second slot in the second day of competition. The Terps finished with a combined 424 points, falling behind UConn (465 points).
Maryland began the day winning the 200-yard medley relay. Senior captain Emily Smoak, junior Yelena Skalinskaya, sophomore Jen Vogel and freshman Annie Fittin swam the quad to victory in 1:43.00, earning a solid 40 points for the Terrapins in the A-finals. Maryland also placed first in the B-finals. The team of sophomore Jackie Davidson along with freshmen Stephanie Parker, Blair Cross and Kathryn Snedeker finished with a time of 1:48.57 to earn 14 points for the Terps. The combined 54 points put the Terps in second (237 points) behind UConn.
Sophomore Nina Rossi picked up 12 points for the Terps in the 400-yard IM, swimming a time of 4:31.19. Freshman Erin Holmes (4:35.54) and freshman Laura Jojic (4:39.46) also picked up points, finishing 13th and 15th, respectively.
In the 100-yard butterfly, sophomore Katie Sieben of Richmond broke the Eppley Center Natatorium pool record. Sieben's NCAA A-cut time swam a 53.73 to place her in first position. The Natatorium's previous record was 54.01, set by Bridget Mallon of Maryland in 2002.
Vogel picked up 17 points for the Terps, placing 2nd in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 55.50. Sophomore Patty DeScenza (58.25) and freshman Jessalyn Crawford (59.34) also competed, finishing 9th and 18th, respectively.
Maryland began to close the gap on UConn in the 200-yard freestyle. Fittin (1:53.29), senior Maya Finkler (1:54.74), Davidson (1:51.94), Rossi (1:52.4), and Snedeker (1:54.55) picked up a combined total of 37 points, giving the Terps a combined 330 points.
Smoak placed 3rd in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:05.60. Parker (1:07.27) and freshman Casey Albert (1:10.04) placed 11th and 16th for the Terps.
Davidson and Fittin won Maryland 30 points in the 100-yard backstroke. Davidson placed second with a time of 57.04, while Fittin placed 6th with a time of 57.50.
The final event of the day was the 800-yard freestyle relay. Rossi, Davidson, Fittin and Skalinskaya placed fifth with a time of 7:41.20 while Holmes, Jojic, Snedeker and Vogel placed 9th with a time of 7:40.16.
The Terrapins closed out the day in second place with a score of 424.
The Terp Cup will come to a close tomorrow in their final day of competition. Swimmers will compete in six events, including the 1650 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly and 400 freestyle relay.
Special Thanks to Maryland for contributing this report.