Breznikar, Kinsella, Lawler Highlight AE Swimming and Diving Championships

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Day Three Results

BOSTON – Highlighted by sophomore Eve Kinsella’s record-breaking win in the 200 free, sophomore Brian Lawler’s victory in the 3-meter diving and senior Lidija Breznikar’s first-place finish in the 400 IM, the Boston University swimming and diving program completed day three of the 2007 Swimming and Diving Championships. Senior Griffin Moodie took home third-place honors in the 100 fly in a career-best time, while freshman Arik Seiler earned second-place accolades in the 200 free.

Through 27 events the women’s team currently stands in second place, 29 points out of first place, while the men’s team is in fourth with 332 points.

Breznikar defended her 400 individual medley title, swimming to a 4:23.67 finish, claiming her third America East Championship title in the event. Breznikar swam over three seconds faster than her preliminary seed time. Sophomore Christina Ruggiero, who finished fifth, lowered her personal best time to 4:34.81.

In the women’s 100 fly, freshman Emily Munday completed the race in 58.08, followed by classmate Brigette O’Shaughnessy and Tanaz Irani in 57.37 and 58.63, respectively.

Sophomore Eve Kinsella continued to rewrite the school record books with a winning time of 1:49.94 in the 200 free. It marked Kinsella’s first America East individual title of her BU career. Liisa Young and Marina Morie followed in fifth and sixth place. Following the 200 free, the BU women closed the gap with UMBC to five points as the Retrievers held the slight edge with 360 points.

Swimming in her first AE individual final, freshman Ali Chester placed fourth in the 100 backstroke, clocking in at 59.57.

Sophomore Brian Lawler repeated as the AE three-meter diving champion with 346.25 points, over 40 points ahead of his nearest competitor.

In the 400-medley relay, the women’s squad picked up a second-place finish. Chester led off, followed by Breznikar, O’Shaughnessy and Kinsella. In the final leg, the Terriers went from third to second, to earn 34 points and take hold of second in the overall standings.

In the men’s 400 IM, Greg Dierksen placed the highest of any BU swimmer with a 4:10.19 finish, good for fourth place in the event. John Passaro was the sixth-place finisher, clocking in at 4:13.38. Freshman Ben Kaiser swam earlier in the same event, finishing in 4:17.54 – a season high.

Moodie swam to a third-place finish and a career-best 50.64 in the 100 fly. He lowered his personal best by over one second in the event and came within .64 of the school record set in 1990 by Mike Noonan. Classmate James Lands placed sixth in 51.73 seconds. Moodie also placed fifth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 58.37.

Seiler swam a lifetime-best in the 200 free to place second, while classmate Kyle Berg was the seventh-place finisher.

The final day of AE Championships competition will begin at 10 a.m.


 

 

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