COLLEGE PARK, MD, January 16. THE No. 12 Maryland women's swimming team has a commanding lead after the first day of the quad meet, per Terp sources.
The Terps lead ACC rival N.C. State 147-39; Pittsburgh 120-65; and Villanova 141-44. The men are ahead of Villanova by a score of 156-28, but they trail N.C. State 99-84 and Pittsburgh 103.5-82.5.
Individual winners on day one for the women included freshman Meghan Sackett (Cockeysville, Md.) in the 1,650-yard freestyle (16:34.00), senior Marina Mulyayeva (Almaty, Kazakhstan) in the 200-yard individual medley (2:04.16), senior Megan Knepper (Williamsport, Md.) in the 100-yard backstroke (55.81), senior Chrissy Miller (Seaside Park, N.J.) in the 200-free (1:50.20), senior Cynthia Weir (Irwin, Pa.) in the 50-free (23.67) and freshman diver Nicole Rose (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) on the 1-meter board (251.15).
Sackett, Mulyayeva, Knepper and Miller all recorded NCAA `B' cut times in their respective events, as did senior Elizabeth Lavell (Annapolis, Md.), who finished fifth in the 1,650-free (16:50.16), and freshman Maya Finkler (Rishon-le-zion, Israel), who came in second in the 200-free (1:50.76).
In addition, the Terps' 200-free relay team of Knepper, Weir, sophomore Amber Walter (Kalispell, Mont.) and Mulyayeva won with a time of 1:34.19, and the 400-medley relay team of Knepper, Mulyayeva, sophomore Gigi deToll (Culpeper, Va.) and Weir won with a time of 3:45.88.
On the men's side, senior Erik Weinberg (Phoenix, Md.) won the 100-back (49.37) and newcomer Stefan Geisan won the 200-free (1:41.08), edging out junior Patrick Doyle (Norfolk, Va.) who placed second (1:41.71).
The quad meet concludes tomorrow, with action scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at the Campus Recreation Center Natatorium. Thirteen Terp seniors will be honored on Senior Day before the session begins, as it is Maryland's last home meet of the season: E.J. Amyot (Fairport, N.Y.), Chris Brandenberger (Stony Brook, N.Y.), Mike Fried (Ambler, Pa.), Caitlin Gannon (Evans City, Pa.), Knepper, Lavell, Miller, Mulyayeva, Tim Potter (West Deptford, N.J.), Brad Schertle (Baltimore, Md.), Gergo Szekely (Szentes, Hungary), Weir and Weinberg.