Feb. 28, 2013
Declared Teams | Schedule of Events | Live Results
BOSTON – The Boston University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams return to the pool this weekend for the ECAC Open Swimming and Diving Championships, which will be held at Harvard’s Blodgett Pool in Cambridge, Mass.
The three-day meet is comprised of six sessions which begin on Friday (March 1) at 10 a.m. Preliminary races will be held Friday and Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. and Sunday morning at 9 a.m. The finals on Friday and Saturday are set to begin at 6 p.m. while Sunday’s finals will commence at 4 p.m.
Athletes from 29 men’s teams and 26 women’s teams are scheduled to compete this weekend, including divers from 16 women’s and 15 men’s programs. BU is one of nine schools slated to send both swimmers and divers from both its men’s and women’s teams.
Fellow America East members Binghamton, New Hampshire, Vermont and UMBC are set to compete this weekend. The Terriers will also compete against future conference members from the Patriot League, including the defending men’s and women’s ECAC champion Navy, along with Bucknell.
Friday’s session will begin with the men’s and women’s 200 freestyle relays before the first individual race, the 500 freestyle. Freshman Mika Spencer enters the field as the top competitor for BU with a seed time of 4:55.39 to rank seventh while classmate Stephanie Nasson is seeded 11th with a time of 4:50.07. On the men’s side, junior Jeff Thomas (4:33.87) and sophomore Connor Stuwere (4:34.31), are seeded eighth and ninth, respectively.
The following race will be the 200 IM, in which BU is led by senior Katie Radin
on the women’s side with a seed time of 2:06.22 and freshman Mun Hon Lee
on the men’s side with a time of 1:51.13.Later in the session, the BU men have two swimmers seeded in the top 10 in the 50 freestyle in sophomores Cole Puchi
(21.01) and Andy Vazquez
(21.13). Friday will conclude with the men’s and women’s 400 medley relays, in which both BU teams are seeded in the top 10.
Saturday’s events will begin with the 200 medley relay which will be followed by the 400 IM. Spencer and Radin are BU’s top two entrants on the women’s side while juniors Nik Atashinsky and Knox Anderson figure to led the BU men. Following that will be the 100 butterfly, where sophomore Katie Kenney enters with the top time for the BU women (57.23) while classmate Ryan Bach will lead the BU men (50.75).
Junior Kendra Cheng is seeded fifth in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:51.84 while Vazquez (1:41.06) and Puchi (1:41.09) are in the top 10 for the men. Next up will be the 100 breaststroke, where freshman Tess Harpur owns the top time for the BU women (1:06.85) while sophomore Mario Caballero leads the BU men (56.65).
The final individual race on Saturday will be the 100 backstroke. Senior Kara Zebrowski enters the field as the 17th seed while Stuewe enters the men’s field with the third fastest time (49.38). Saturday will conclude with the 800 freestyle relay.
The final day of competition begins with the 200 backstroke, in which Radin will lead the Terriers women while Stuewe is seeded third for the Terrier men. Following that will be the 100 freestyle, in which the BU men have two swimmers entering the field in the top 10 in Vazquez (45.67) and Puchi (45.94). Freshmen Karla Ferrera is set to lead BU in the 200 breaststroke while Caballero owns the top time for the BU men. The final individual race will be the 200 butterfly, in which Kenney is seeded ninth (2:04.03) and Lee is ninth for the men (1:50.23).
In the diving events, senior Melinda Matyas and Chelsea Glincman will represent the Terriers while junior Jared Scheck, senior Jake Frankenfield and freshman Brandon Weiss will compete for the men.