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Bearcats split home meet with New Hampshire

Meet results

VESTAL, N.Y. - At home, the BU swimming and diving teams split a dual meet with America East rival New Hampshire, winning the men's meet, 129-93, but losing on the women's side, 150-91.

On the men's side, BU (4-2) received two wins apiece from junior Chris McGuire (Essex, England) and senior Magnus Lofgren (Umea, Sweden). McGuire captured the 200 IM (2:01.59) and the 100 free (47.57), and Lofgren won the 200 free (1:46.82) and the 500 fre (4:54.21). The men won the first 10 events before swimming exhibition the rest of the way.

"The men really raced well," head coach Benji DeMotte said. "I'm very pleased with their performance."

Meanwhile, the women (5-1) suffered their first defeat of the season, though it wasn't without several outstanding individual performances. Junior Yun Qu (Hangzhou, China) lowered her NCAA "B" cut time in the 200 fly. Qu touched first in 1:59.28 - just two-tenths of a second off an automatic qualifying time. DeMotte believes her time, which was faster than her winning time at the 2001 America East Championship, will be good enough to send her to the NCAA Championship for the second straight year.

"Yun has really improved on her turns and starts," DeMotte said. "These pools are half the size of the international pools she is more familiar with, so the turns and starts are relatively new to her."

Sophomore Huijue Cai (Shanghai, China) set a school and pool record in winning the 200 free (1:53.52). She also swam a leg on BU's 200 medley relay, which also set a school and pool record (1:49.21).


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