COLLEGE PARK, Maryland, November 13. THE Maryland swimming and diving team fared well Saturday as the women's squad dropped intrastate rivals Towson and UMBC. The men's team topped Towson for its first win of the 2010 season.
The Maryland women moved to 4-1 this season with a pair of wins at Eppley Recreation Natatorium Saturday. Once again, the Terps swept both relays, with the team of Jenni Roberts, Ashley Cox, Addison Koelle and Megan Lafferty winning the 200 medley relay (1:45.98) and the combination of Blair Cross, Annie Fittin, Ginny Glover and Lafferty taking the 400 free edition (3:27.53).
On top of their fine showing in relay action, the Terps picked up 10 first place finishes on the day. Fittin won both the 100 free (50.41) and 100 fly (56.37), Roberts captured the 200 IM (2:06.86) and 100 back (57.88), Alexa Hamilton touched the wall first in the 100 (1:05.58) and 200 breast (2:19.27), and Lafferty (50 free – 23.54) and Glover (200 free – 1:49.54) each took home one top finish.
Jessica Whelan won both the 1-meter (256.50) and 3-meter (246.20) diving competitions. Other top two finishers for Maryland included Lafferty (100 back – 58.00), Glover (100 free – 51.12), Chelsey Eberwein (200 IM – 2:07.38), Koelle (100 fly – 56.48/200 fly – 2:03.09), Cross (50 free – 24.12), Martha VanLieshout (100 breast – 1:06.09) and Kara Koszowski (3-meter dive – 234.70).
On the men's side, Mitch Challacombe was first in the 100 free (46.17) and second in the 100 back (51.82). Other Terps racking up second place showings included Sean Stewart (200 fly – 1:53.22), Matt Gruszecki (50 free – 21.53), Roger Dent (100 fly – 50.98), and Lorin Pierson (200 IM – 1:58.51). Freshman Brad Dillon registered a pair of third place finishes in the 200 back (1:55.77) and 500 free (4:45.76). Dent was also third in the 200 fly (1:53.31).
The men thrived on the boards as Eric Sachs won the 3-meter (293.10) and took second in the 1-meter (247.50).
"The day went well really nice for women to get two wins under their belt," head coach Sean Schimmel said. "We got in a lot of great swims for it being this time of the season and we really used today to set us up for the Terp Cup which starts in four days. We need to come in next week and get it done. Hopefully the work we've been doing is really going to show during the Terp Cup so we can have a championship caliber meet."
Maryland plays host to the 2010 Terp Cup beginning Thursday at Eppley Recreation Natatorium.
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