SMU’s Samaradzic Nabs Meet Record on Night Three of 2018 AAC Championships

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Day three of the 2018 American Athletic Conference Championships got underway tonight with intense match-ups all over the pool as the Houston women and Cincinnati men head for AAC team titles.

SMU seniors Matea Samardzic (4:09.75) and Jonathan Gomez (3:50.18) each won the 400 IM to open up the session, for the women’s and men’s teams at SMU.

Southern Methodist continued to roll with sophomore Erin Trahan took a win in the 100 fly with a quick 53.28, ahead of Houston’s Victoria Tillman (54.26) and Tulane’s Kaitlin Simpson (54.28).

ECU got it’s first win of the night with sophomore Gustavo Santos winning the 100 fly in a time of 46.82, which dipped under the old meet record of 47.04. SMU’s Golcyzk Szymon took second in 47.44.

The Houston women put together a 1-2-3 sweep of the women’s 200 free. Zarena Brown (1:45.78) led the way while Ksenia Yuskova (1:47.71) and Mykenzie Leehy (1:47.85) followed behind.

The Cincinnati men completed the exact same feat in same race with Johannes Kabelk (1:36.83) leading the way with his teammates Din Selmanovic (1:36.85) and Justin Crew (1:37.49) taking second and third place, respectively.

Houston’s Peyton Kondis took the win in the women’s 100 breaststroke with a quick 59.73 with SMU freshman Andrea Podmanik taking second in 59.95. Third place went to HU’s Angeliki Mavran who posted a 1:01.40.

ECU freshman Jacek Arentewic broke a pool record on his way to winning a conference title with a time of 53.78 in the men’s 100 breast. Taking second in the race was Cincinnati freshman Dominic Polling (53.90) took second while his teammate Zachary Hostoff in 53.98.

Matea Samaradzic out of SMU took the women’s 100 backstroke in a meet record time of 52.75 while UConn’s William Kearsey took the men’s race in a time of 48.01.

On the diving boards, SMU’s Bryce Klein won the men’s 3-meter event with a score of 362.25.

To finish up the meet the Houston women took the win in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:35.48 while the ECU men produced a win by putting together a 3:14.19.

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