Women’s Swimming and Diving Wins America East Championship
Women earn first conference crown in 14 years; men grab second place
For the first time in 14 years, theBoston University women’s swimming and diving team was crowned theAmerica East champion on February 22, following victories in the400-free relay and a 1-2 finish on the one-meter diving board. Themen’s team placed second, backed by record-breaking swims from Bryon Kallert (SMG’11) in the 200 backstroke and 200 fly and Jackson Hill (SED’12) in the 100 free and the 400-free relay team, which clocked in an NCAA provisional time.
The women’s team earned 769 points over the four-day championship,knocking off two-time defending America East champion University of Maryland Baltimore County. The men finished with873 points — 27 shy of first-place finisher UMBC.
Tess Waresmith(SMG’09) defended her reign at the conference championships, sweeping both theone- and three-meter boards to earn the Most Outstanding Female Diverof the Meet honor. On Sunday evening, Waresmith completed the sweepwith a record-breaking performance on the 1M with 539.90 points — a newconference record. Alex Crerar(SAR’09) earned valuable points on the 1M, taking second place with 496.35points and helping the Terriers distance themselves from thecompetition.
Sarah Doersam(SAR’11) sees her name added to the record board, breaking the 200 flymark with a time of 2:03.99 and placing third in the event. Earlier inthe evening Doersam came in third in the 200 back, clocking in at2:03.72.
Eve Kinsella(CAS’09) took second-place honors in the 100 free, touching the wall in 50.68,just .32 off the school record. During the awards ceremony at theconclusion of the meet, Kinsella was given the Coaches Award —presented to the America East senior who collected the most points atthe conference championships over a four-year period.
Also making a splash at the conference championships was Kristen Connors (CFA’12), who took second in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:19.12.
On the men’s side, Kallert broke two school and one conference mark.The New Milford, N.J., native began the night with a victory in the 200back with a time of 1:48.75 — breaking the school record by nearlythree seconds and the conference mark by two tenths of a second. He continued histear in the 200 fly, besting a 21-year-old record by nearly two seconds,with a time of 1:51.28.
The men’s team dominated the 100 free with first, third, fourth, and fifth place finishes. Hillbroke one of the oldest records on the books with a winning time of44.18 — besting Sean Nottage’s 1986 record by over a second. Matt Rickett (CGS’09),who earned the Most Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet accolade, placethird in the event with a time of 45.12, followed by Arik Seiler (CAS’10) (fourth, 45.32) and Sam Weinstein (CGS’10) (fifth, 45.53).
The Terriers’ 400-free relay of Daniel Kempf (CAS’12),Rickett, Seiler, and Hill touched in 2:57.72 — breaking a school andconference record and provisionally qualifiying for the NCAA.
Between the BU men’s and women’s teams, 24 records were set in all over a course of four days. Andre Watson (CAS’09) earned the conference’s Most Outstanding Male Diver of the Meet, and the Boston University coaching staff, head coach Bill Smyth, assistant coach Jen Strasburger, and diving coach Agnes Gerlach-Miller, was named the Men’s Coaching Staff of the Year.1 Comments