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Kelly Takes Gold In 50 Free At America East Championship
Binghamton in fourth place after day one action on Friday
February 14, 2014Tweet
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Worcester, Mass.—Junior Caitlin Kelly took gold in the 50 free to pace Binghamton on day one of the America East Championships. The Bearcats won three medals in total on Friday, sitting in fourth place with 154 points.
Kelly, who came in as the favorite in the 50 free, certainly lived up to the hype. She swam the fastest time in program history in prelims with a blistering time of 23.13 to earn the number one seed in the final. In the final, the Warwick, N.Y. native won a thrilling race over Sarah Broderick of New Hampshire by just .09 seconds. Her time of 23.32 in the finals is the second fastest time in school history, but her time of 23.13 was the talk of the day. She narrowly missed out on the meet record by just .06 seconds and the entire conference record by .13 (held by Boston University’s Maria McIntyre in 2009).
Binghamton’s other individual medalist on Friday belonged to junior diver Kimberly Robertson. On the 1M board, Robertson registered a prelim score of 221.60 and followed that up with a 220.55 that earned her the bronze medal. Her third-place standing equals Imani Williams’ effort last year at the AE championships.
The foursome of Shannon Lampe, Corinne Zotter, Selina Ng and Kelly broke a school record in the 400 medley with a time of 3:48.87, taking the bronze medal in the process. Kelly once again performed at an elite level, swimming the fastest 100 split in school history with a 49.90. Zotter also set a new school record with a split of 1:02.02 in the 100 breast portion of the relay.
“We had a pretty successful kick off here on day one,” head coach Sean Clark said. “We had some really good times today and got even stronger as the meet went along. Taking down a couple of school records in both our relays was definitely a highlight. Both Corinne and Caitlin were terrific in the 400 medley, willing us to a really important third-place finish in the day’s final event. With a strong performance behind us, we look forward to taking it up a notch tomorrow in day two.”
The 200 free relay also brought on a new record for the Bearcats with a time of 1:35.03, missing out on third place by under .20 seconds. The team of Elle Anastasiou, Timea Toszer, Corinne Zotter and Caitlin Kelly shattered the old record set in last year’s AE championship (1:35.78)
In the 500 free, junior Shannon Lampe finished fourth, missing the podium by just .11 seconds. Lampe swam brilliantly in the finals, setting a new career-best and the second fastest time in school history (5:00.71). Sophomore Taryn McLaughlin finished third in the consolation final of the 500 free with a new lifetime-best time of 5:06.07.
New Hampshire has the overall lead with a point total of 290, taking gold in four out of six events this evening. UMBC and Vermont are slightly ahead of BU in second place with a identical team score of 183 and Maine sits in fifth place with a total of 137.
Day two of the America East Championship will start at 10 a.m. tomorrow from WPI Sports and Recreation Center. Events tomorrow include 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back and three meter diving board. In addition, two relays will be on tap tomorrow (200 medley, 800 free). Click the links above to stay up to date with the action all day tomorrow.
DAY ONE STANDINGS
1. New Hampshire 290
2. UMBC 183
2. Vermont 183
4. Binghamton 154
5. Maine 137