UMBC Looks Good Going Into AE Finals

Photo Courtesy: Brian Jenkins

After taking the lead at the America East Conference Championships last night, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) got off to a fast start in the first race of Sunday’s preliminary events.

In the 200-yard backstroke, Maryland, Baltimore County placed four swimmers in the top eight. New Hampshire’s Linnea Lemerise took the top spot, however, posting a time of 2:00.67. Maryland, Baltimore County swimmers touched in second, third, fourth and sixth place.

A New Hampshire swimmer was also first in the 100-yard freestyle. Liza Baykova posted a time of 50.17.

The 200-yard breaststroke preliminary went well for Maryland, Baltimore County. Emily Escobedo touched first in 2:08.41 and was followed by her teammate Kayla Lilly. New Hampshire swimmers touched in third and fourth.

Maryland, Baltimore County’s Catherine Frediani took first place in the 200-yard butterfly heats. She posted a time of 2:03.46.

Scores going into finals:
Maryland, Baltimore County: 626
New Hampshire: 588.5
Vermont: 446
Maine: 301
Binghamton: 224.5

Tonight’s finals will also include the 400-yard freestyle relay. The meet is taking place in Worcester, Massachusetts. New Hampshire led after the first two days, but Maryland, Baltimore County was able to take the lead after a strong showing in last night’s finals.

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Author: Peter Baugh

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Peter Baugh is a freshman at the University of Missouri and is the assistant sports editor for the Maneater, Mizzou's student run newspaper. He swam and played baseball in high school. He is a two time finalist in the National Scholastic Press Association Sports Story of the Year contest and was named the SSP Journalist of the Year for the St. Louis area. He served as co editor-in-chief for his high school newspaper, The Globe, and also worked for the St. Louis American newspaper.

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