COLLEGE PARK, Maryland, November 15. THE Maryland men's swimming and diving program completed its first day at the Terrapin Cup Invitational in third place with a combined total of 218 points. The women completed their first day at the meet. Maryland finished the day with a total 183 points, moving them into second place behind UConn.
"Tonight we came out with excitement, intensity and focus," said Interim Head Coach Jarod Schroeder. "We were elated."
Maryland began the day swimming the 200-yard freestyle relay. Juniors Andy Dilz, John Closs, Dong Kim, and freshman Nick Cordes finished first with a time of 1:21.96 and earned 40 points for the Terrapins in the A-final. Senior Jake DiPiazza, sophomores Kevin Reardon and Ryan Greene, and freshman Matt Gruszecki finished ninth with a time of 1:26.15. They added 18 points for the Terps, placing them in the first position with 58 points.
In the 500-yard freestyle, sophomore Chris Rouchard grabbed six points for the Terrapins, swimming a 4:38.18 in the B-final. Freshman Kirk Jackson finished a slot behind Rouchard in 12th with a time of 4:41.09, adding five points for the Terps.
With the Terps having a now combined total of 69 points, they were third behind West Chester University and UConn going into the 200-yard individual medley. Junior Andy Dilz (1:52.35) finished first in the A-final to earn 20 points for the Terps. Junior Eric Cullen (1:53.63) and freshman Mitch Challacombe (1:53.72) grabbed the first and second spots in the B-final for the Terps, with freshman Chris Bagley (1:57.93) finishing 13th.
The Terps took the two top spots in the 50-yard freestyle. Kim finished with a time of 20.62 to take the top spot, with freshman Nick Cordes finishing closely behind to take the second slot. Closs (21.85) finished 15th, adding two points to give the Terps a combined 148 points in third place.
Kim, Cullen, sophomore Aleksandar Damjanic and Dilz finished first for the Terps in the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 3:21.90. Sanford, Closs and senior captains Eric Thomasson and Ken Golaszewski finished 10th for the Terps with a time of 3:29.23.
In diving, senior Derek Hock finished third for the Terps with a total of 16 points. Hock scored 254.95 in six dives.
For the women, Maryland started off the day by winning the 200-yard freestyle relay. Freshmen Annie Fittin and Blair Cross, senior captain Emily Smoak and junior Yelena Skalinskaya finished the relay in 1:33.97, just short of an NCAA B-cut time. The relay team grabbed 40 points for the team and the third spot in team rankings.
In the 500-yard freestyle, senior Maya Finkler swam to a tenth-place finish in the B-finals with a time of 5:02.54, almost four seconds faster than her qualifying time. Freshman Erin Holmes also competed, placing 13th with a time of 5:05.38. Finkler and Holmes scored 11 points for the Terps.
Maryland had an impressive finish in the 200-yard individual medley. Sophomore Jen Vogel was the first one to finish for the Terps, placing third with a time of 2:04.72 in the A-final. Sophomores Patty DeScenza (2:07.25) finished first in the B-final and 9th overall, while Laura Jojic (2:10.30) swam to a 14th-place finish. Maryland grabbed a total of 41 points to have a combined total of 92 points, moving into third place.
Four Terps scored 33 points for the Terps in the 50-yard freestyle, moving Maryland into second place with a combined total of 132, only two points behind William & Mary. Fittin and Skalinskaya swam times of 23.48 and 23.49, placing fourth and fifth, respectively, in the A-final. Smoak (24.07) and Cross (24.26) finished 10th and 13th, respectively, in the B-final to add 11 points to Fittin and Skalinskaya's 29.
In the 400-yard medley relay. Maryland's team of Fittin, Smoak, Vogel and Skalinskaya placed second in the A-final with a time of 3:47.98, picking up 34 points for the Terps. Sophomore Jackie Davidson, freshman Stephanie Parker, DeScenza and Finkler finished ninth overall with a time of 3:54.04.
Long diver freshman Montana Puente scored 171.45 in six divers to place 14th and earn four points for the Terps.
Special thanks to Maryland for contributing this report.