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Women's Swimming and Diving in First Place and Men's in Third After First Day of Events at Terrapin Cup

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (November 17, 2005) - The men's and women's swimming and diving teams completed the first of three days of competition at the Terrapin Cup hosted by the University of Maryland on Thursday. The women's team leads the nine-team event with a score of 255, while the men's team is in third with 256.

The men's 200 freestyle relay team of Tim Jones (Jacksonville, Fla.), Jon Kunces (Naugatuck, Conn.), Nick Conrad (Olney, Md.) and Chris Ferreira (Madison, Conn.) placed fifth with a time of 1:24.63, which tops the previous season high set last weekend against Seton Hall. Michael Brocki (Westhampton, N.Y.) and Adrian Astiz (Bethesda, Md.) had a four-five finish in the 500 freestyle, with this being Astiz's first appearance in the event. Mike McNulty (Hartland, Wis.), Nick Acquavito (Freeport, N.Y.), Jones and Ferreira teamed together to take fifth in the 400 medley relay. Their final time of 3:26.10 was more than 10 seconds faster than their previous high. McNulty's 1:53.09 placed him fourth in the 200 IM. Michael Clifford (West Islip, N.Y.), Kevin Thompson (Stamford, Conn.) and T.J. Ferguson (Plainville, Conn.) captured third, fourth and fifth place, respectively, in the one meter diving finals.

Ryan Smith (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) finished in first place in the 200 IM with an NCAA 'B' cut time. Her finals time of 2:02.04 is more than two seconds faster than the cut time of 2:04.29. Lisa Shelps (Quakertown, Pa.), Danielle Sanders (Mississauga, Ontario), Emily Karel (Bethesda, Md.) and Smith took third in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:36.46. Sarah Kearns (Milford, Mass.) and Karel hit the wall back-to-back placing fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 500 freestyle final. The back-to-back finishes continued for the Huskies in the diving events with Allison Coleman (New Canaan, Conn.) and Liza Marianni (Cherry Hill, N.J.). Coleman finished third in the one meter dive with a score of 244.70, while Marianni came in right behind her at 239.55.

The swimming and diving teams will pick up again Friday for day two of the Terrapin Cup.