Feb. 18, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - The Marist College women remained in the lead while the Red Foxes men's squad moved in to first place during Day Two competition of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday at Loyola College's Fitness and Aquatic Center (FAC).
Marist's women's team holds the slimmest of leads over second-place Rider by a score of 475-474. Meanwhile, Marist's men, in trying to recapture the title it won in 2003, made a serious push on "moving day" as the Red Foxes stole the lead from the Broncs and are now ahead of Rider, 568-541. Loyola remains in third place in both competitions as the Greyhound women have recorded 409 points and the Greyhound men have notched 375 points.
While the team competitions elicited much excitement, the individual feats brought the sold-out FAC crowd to its feet as well, as eight MAAC records were broken on the day.
Marist's Lauren Malski posted the most impressive individual performance as she not only broke a MAAC record with her 100 Breast time of 1:03.85, but also qualified as an alternate for the NCAA's.
Loyola's Marko Turcinov broke his second MAAC mark in as many days in swimming a time of 49.12-seconds in the 100 Fly. It was also the second mark of his own that Turcinov broke for the second consecutive day.
Courtney Clark of Rider posted her second MAAC record of the competition with a time of 10:19.89 in the 1000 Free. Clark's teammate, Lauren Urbanski, recorded a new MAAC record in the 100 Fly with her time of 57.37 while Rider's Sam Engle was the fourth Broncs athlete to set a new conference mark after swimming to a time of 50.48 in the 100 Back. Jamie Falco of the Red Foxes clocked a time of 58.68-seconds in the Women's 100 Fly to round out the individual record-breakers from Day Two.
In addition to the individual records, Rider's men's 200 Medley Relay team of Engle, Matt Nicolino, Bobby DeSandre, and Eric McFerin set a new pool and MAAC mark with their time of 1:32.40. Marist's women's 200 Medley Relay team of Falco, Malski, Whitney Butler, and Kim Koehler was the other quartet to break a league mark with their time of 1:48.03.
The third and final day of the Championships is scheduled to begin tomorrow at 10 a.m. with the evening session scheduled for 6:00 p.m.