WORCESTER, Mass.- The University of Maine women's swimming and diving teams finished day one of the America East Championships. Maine set two school records in relays. Junior Naja Harvey (Orono, Minn.) tied her school record for the 50-free set last year at (23.71).
Maine started off the finals with a new school record in the 200-free relay (1:34.96) set by Harvey, Lauren Dwyer (Orono, Maine), Katerina Mosquera-Cardi (Montreal, Canada) and Emily Buczkowski (Woolwich, Maine).
In the 500-yard free Kailey Dowd (Mendon, Mass.) finished 12th (5:07.36) followed by Taylor Sharp (Burlington, Ontario) in 15th (5:08.80) and Katie-Jean Hinckley (Prospect, Conn.) in 16th (5:09.99). All three had their best swims of the season.
Dwyer took seventh in the 200-yard IM (2:07.19) followed by teammate Shannon Bender (Cumberland, R.I.) in eighth (2:07.61).
Harvey touched for fifth in the 50-yard free (23.80) and Mosquera-Cardi took 11th (24.27).
Kara Capossela (Greenwich, Conn.) took second place in the one meter with 233.50 points.
The Black Bears finished the night with a new school record in the 400-yard medley relay with a time of (3:50.19) led by Amber Murray (Dover-Foxcroft, Maine), Harvey, Erica Smrcina (North Falmouth, Mass.) and Mosquera-Cardi.
In the morning session, Dowd placed 11th in the 500-yard free (5:09.14), Sharp finished 15th (5:11.37), Hinckley finished 16th (5:11.98), and Courtney Norman (Pointe-Claire, Quebec) finished 19th (5:17.62).
In the women's 200-yard IM, Dwyer led the way for Maine taking sixth in the prelims with a time of (2:07.53). Bender grabbed an eighth place finish (2:07.75).
Harvey matched her last years' time in the 50-yard free at (23.71) finishing fourth best overall. Mosquera-Cardi touched for 11th at (25.07).
Day two of the AEC starts tomorrow at 10am with finals beginning at 5:30pm.