ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine swimming & diving relay teams broke three school-records on day one of the America East Championships hosted at Wallace Pool on Thursday evening. After one day of competition, the men are in second place with 77 points while the women sit in fourth with 78 points.
On the women's side, the 800-yard freestyle relay team of Lauren Dwyer (Orono, Maine), Carmen Linden (Ottawa, Ontario), Shannon Bender (Cumberland, R.I.) and Kara Dubiel (Carefree, Ariz.) placed fourth with a new school-record time of 7:34.46. The old record in the 800-yard freestyle was set in 2012.
The women's 200-yard medley relay squad also set a new school-record with a time of 1:43.91. Swimming the event for the Black Bears was Taylor Sharp (Burlington, Ontario), Naja Harvey (Orono, Minn.), Erica Smrcina (North Falmouth, Mass.) and Jenn Trodden (Reading, Mass.). The new time broke the old school record set just last season.
On the men's side, Matt England (Bangor, Maine), Caleb Hoffman (Waterville, Maine), Eric Gaulin (Northport, Maine) and Shane Kinnon (Malden, Mass.) teamed up to place third in the 200-yard medley relay. The team's time of 1:33.32 bested the school-record time of 1:35.89 set in 1992.
The men's 800-yard freestyle relay squad of Ryan Fahey (Quincy, Mass.), Robbie Bickford (Milford, Maine), David Vittori (South Berwick, Maine) and Cameron Dwyer (Orono, Maine) placed second with a time of 6:56.86.
Kara Capossela (Greenwich, Conn.) finished third in the final of the three-meter dive with a score of 264.25. In the prelims of the three-meter, Capossela had the top ranked score at 254.75.
Travis Wibby (South Portland, Maine) placed eighth in the one-meter dive event with a score of 178.10.
The championships return tomorrow morning beginning with prelims at 10 AM followed by the finals at 6 PM.