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Seven School-Records Fall for Maine on Day Three of America East Championships
ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine men's and women's swim teams combined to break seven more records on day three of the America East Swimming & Diving Championships on Saturday at Wallace Pool. After three days of competition, the women's team is fourth at 324.5 while the men are in third with 383 points.
Naja Harvey (Orono, Minn.) was the runner-up in the women's 100-yard breaststroke with a school-record time of 1:02.94. Harvey narrowly missed winning the race as she was beat out by just 0.04 seconds.
Emily Buczkowski (Woolwich, Maine) broke the school-record in the women's 100-yard backstroke as she finished sixth with a new record time of 57.92.
Matt England (Bangor, Maine), who set the school-record in the men's 100-yard backstroke in the morning prelim session, re-set the record in the evening finals. England placed seventh in the finals with a new school-record time of 51.42. England was followed in the event by Cameron Dwyer (Orono, Maine) who placed eighth in 53.71.
After breaking the women's 100-yard butterfly record in the morning prelims (56.14), Erica Smrcina (North Falmouth, Mass.) placed third in the event's final with a time of 56.40. Taylor Sharp (Burlington, Ontario) won the 100-yard butterfly consolation final with a time of 57.11.
In the relays, the women's team of Buczkowski, Harvey, Smrcina and Jenn Trodden (Reading, Mass.) teamed up to break the school-record in the 400-yard medley relay with a new time of 3:51.06, good for fifth place. On the men's side in the 400-yard medley relay, England, Caleb Hoffman (Waterville, Maine), Eric Gaulin (Northport, Maine) and Robbie Bickford (Milford, Maine) combined to set a new school record with a third place time of 3:29.15. The new record broke the old mark which had held since 1981.
Eric Gaulin (Northport, Maine) finished fourth in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 50.47 while Sergey Terrio (Oakland, Maine) finished eighth at 51.86. Cameron Dwyer (Orono, Maine) placed tenth at 52.34.
Ryan Fahey (Quincy, Mass.) placed fourth in the men's 400-yard IM finals with a time of 4:05.44. Cody Lachance (Winslow, Maine) finished seventh in the event at 4:17.79 while Brent Williams (Clifton, Maine) took ninth at 4:25.01.
Lauren Dwyer (Orono, Maine) finished seventh in the women's 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:52.79. Kara Dubiel (Carefree, Ariz.) was 13th in the event with a time of 1:55.76 followed by Carmen Linden (Ottawa, Ontario) in 14th at 1:56.37.
Robbie Bickford (Milford, Maine) placed eighth in the men's 200-yard freestyle at 1:45.65. David Vittori (South Berwick, Maine) finished 11th in the event at 1:45.73 followed by Yuri Chornobil (Rochester, N.Y.) (1:46.58), Jon Davis (Collierville, Tenn.) (1:47.52), Jake Olsen (Georgetown, Maine) (1:48.18) and Joey Quinn (Bangor, Maine) (1:48.86).
Trodden finished tenth in the 100-yard breaststroke at 1:06.01 followed by Smrcina in 11th at 1:06.84. Abby Linn (Elkhart, Ind.) was 13th in the event at 1:07.46.
Courtney Mellish (Barrie, Ontario) finished 14th at 59.76 in the 100-yard backstroke while Sharp was 16th at 1:01.22.
Caleb Hoffman took eighth in the men's 100-yard breaststroke final with a time of 59.35. Connor Devers (North Attleboro, Mass.) placed ninth in the event at 1:00.02.
Shane Kinnon (Malden, Mass.) placed tenth in the 100-yard backstroke at 53.21 while Will Hoffman (Waterville, Maine) was 12th in 55.88.
Smrcina had the time of the morning for the women as she qualified fourth in the 100-yard butterfly with a new school-record time of 56.14, besting her old mark of 56.24 set last season. Sharp placed ninth in the event with a time of 58.24.
On the men's side, it was England with a school-record time of 51.61 in the 100-yard backstroke, qualifying him sixth in the finals of the event. Cameron Dwyer also qualified for the finals with an eighth place time of 53.29. Kinnon was 11th in the event at 53.91 while Will Hoffman placed 12th with a time of 57.91.
Bender began the day by qualifying seventh in the women's 400-yard IM with a time of 4:31.08. Bonnett was 11th in the 400-yard IM prelim with a time of 4:40.24. On the men's side in the 400-yard IM, Fahey qualified fifth with a time of 4:07.09 while Lachance placed seventh at 4:13.80. Williams was ninth in the event, narrowly missing the final cut at 4:15.71.
Gaulin and Terrio each qualified for the finals of the men's 100-yard butterfly. Gaulin placed sixth in the prelim with a time of 50.95 while Terrio was eighth at 52.15. Cameron Dwyer was tenth in the event with a time of 52.46.
Dwyer set herself up for the finals in the women's 200-yard freestyle with a seventh place time of 1:53.34. Dubiel was ninth in the event at 1:54.98 while Linden placed 13th at 1:55.82.
Bickford qualified for the finals in the men's 200-yard freestyle with an eighth best time of 1:44.09. Vittori placed ninth in the event with a time of 1:44.71 while Chornobil was 11th at 1:45.98. Following Chornobil in 12th was Olsen at 1:48.07, Quinn in 13th at 1:49.24 and Davis in 14th at 1:50.12.
Harvey qualified third for the women's 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:03.61 while Smrcinia was ninth in 1:05.90. Trodden placed 11th in the event with a time of 1:06.15 followed by Linn in 12th at 1:06.75.
Buczkowski qualified for the 100-yard backstroke finals with a time of 58.03. Mellish placed 14th in the event at 59.28 while Sharp was 16th at 1:00.00.
The championships resume tomorrow morning at 10 AM on the final day of competition.