Towson, UMBC vs. Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, Maryland, November 14. THE University of Maryland swimming and diving team swept intrastate rivals UMBC and Towson Saturday at Eppley Recreation Natatorium.

The women’s squad edged UMBC, 217-83, and handed Towson its first loss of the season, 184.5-115.5.

Maryland (5-1) had a hefty amount of event winners Friday as the Terps tallied a total of ten top finishes.

Leading the way for Maryland was Jen Vogel, who captured both the 100 (56.71) and 200 fly (2:02.25) while helping the 200 medley relay (1:45.79) squad along with Alexa Hamilton, Annie Fittin and Megan Lafftery to a victory. Sophomore Ginny Glover also racked up a pair of individual wins in the 100 back (56.40) and 500 free (4:56.53) while aiding the 400 free relay along with Laura Wright, Fittin and Lafferty to a first-place in finish.

Hamilton continued her dominance in the 200 breast, winning the event in 2:19.65 while finishing second in the 100 breast (1:05.80). Laura Wright captured the 100 free (50.72) while freshman Katie Hughes won the 200 back (2:06.70).

Other solid finishes for the Terps were highlighted by Maryland’s dominance in the 100 back with Jackie Davidson (57.85) and Caroline Belli (58.51) finishing second and third, respectively, after Glover. Davidson also finished second in the 200 back (2:06.76). Addison Koelle followed up a pair of wins from Vogel in the fly events, finishing second in the 100 (56.97) and third in the 200 (2:04.79). Megan Lafferty tied for a first-place finish in the 50 free, followed by a nice finish from Blair Cross, who touched the wall third (24.33).

The Terps swept both diving events as Alisa Kurbatova won both the 1-meter (285.70) and 3-meter (278.25). Montana Puente finished second in the 1-meter while freshman Kara Koszowski took second in the 3-meter.

“Our girls did really well and we had a lot of event winners,” head coach Sean Schimmel said. “It was very positive. We swam very well and really put ourselves in a good position for some championship performances next weekend.”

Maryland returns to competition when the Terps welcome William & Mary, Navy, Richmond, Mary Washington, Villanova, Towson, Drexel and Connecticut to College Park for the 2009 Terrapin Cup Thursday, Nov. 19 – Saturday, Nov. 21 at Eppley Recreation Natatorium.

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