Harvey, Bender and Murray Set New Records for Maine in Day Two of America East Championships
WORCESTER, Mass.- The University of Maine women's swimming and diving team finished day two of America East Championships. Junior Naja Harvey (Orono, Minn.) crushed the America East record and Maine's school record and NCAA B in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:01.9. Senior Shannon Bender (Cumberland, R.I.) and sophomore Amber Murray (Dover-Foxcroft, Maine) each set a new school record.
In the finals of day two at America East Championships Maine started off with a fourth place finish by Bender in the 400-yard IM. Bender set a new school record with a time of 4:29.26. Rebecca Bonnett (Bath, Maine) had her best swim of the season (4:41.14) placing 13th overall.
Erica Smrcina (North Falmouth, Mass.) notched a fourth place finish in the 100-yard butterfly at 56.51. Taylor Sharp (Burlington, Ontario) placed eighth 57.12 and Katernia Mosquera-Cardi (Montreal, Canada) took ninth 57.38.
Senior Lauren Dwyer (Orono, Maine) grabbed an eighth place finish in the 200-yard free with a time of 1:53.56.
In the 100-yard breaststroke the Black Bears were led by, Harvey in fourth 1:03.64 followed by Abby Linn (Elkhart, Ind.) in seventh 1:05.49. Cecelia McEachern (Ellsworth, Maine) finished 11th 1:07.39, followed by Sammy Mathieu (Oakland, Maine) in 13th 1:08.31.
In the 100-yard backstroke Murray set a new school record with a time of 57.84 placing seventh overall. Courtney Mellish (Barrie, Ontario) finished 15th and Emily Buczkowski (Woolwich, Maine) took 16th.
Bender took sixth in the 400-yard IM 4:30.86. Rebecca Bonnett finished 14th 4:46.81 both returning for the finals.
In the 100-yard butterfly Smrcina touched for third place at 56.46. Sharp grabbed sixth place at 56.94 and Mosquera-Cardi took 11th 57.91. All three swimmers had their best times of the season.
Dwyer placed fifth in the 200-yard free at 1:53.22.
In the 100-yard breaststroke Harvey crushed the school record as well as the America East Conference record and NCAA B when she grabbed first place at 1:01.90. Linn took eighth place at 1:05.77. McEachern took 10th 1:06.63 and Mathieu placed 13th 1:09.78.
Murray finished seventh in the 100-yard backstroke at 57.94. Courtney Mellish placed 14th 59.70 and Buczkowski grabbed 16th 59.94.
Capossela took second place in the three-meter with 224.75 points. Leonard finished eighth with 182.70 points.
Maine competes in the final day of America East Championships Sunday at 10am. The finals begin at 5:30pm.