VMI Snaps More Marks at AE Swim Championships
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VMI Snaps More Marks at AE Swim Championships

WORCESTER, Mass. - The VMI men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams snapped even more records Saturday on the third day of competition at the 2019 America East Championships, hosted by Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

The Keydets broke five school records Saturday, bringing the total to 12 for the championship meet with one day remaining.

Freshman Sophie Svoboda broke two of her own records, finishing the day with times of 56.01 in the 100-yard butterfly and 56.89 in the 100-yard backstroke, taking fourth place in both events. She also was part of a third new school record, teaming with Carisa Kunkle, Morgan Davis and Sarah MacDougall in the 400-yard medley relay to post a time of 4:04.97. Morgan Davis finished 15th in the 100-fly in 1:00.43. 

Freshman Stephen Hopta broke his own school mark in the 200-yard freestyle, taking third place with a time of 1:41.42. Junior Jacob Smilie swam a 50.81 in the 100-yard backstroke preliminaries to set a school record, and his finished eighth in the finals.

William Soldow finished 10th in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:00.76 in the prelims), Nick Palmieri was 11th in the 100-yard butterfly (51.73) and John Kruszewski was 12th in the 400-IM (4:29.24). Smilie, Soldow, Palmieri and Brady Gannon swam a time of 3:28.74 in the 400-yard medley relay.

Two program freshman records were also set Saturday: Zach Emerson (51.37) in the 100-backstroke and Andrew Mills (52.02) in the 100-fly.  

Heading into the final day of the championships, UMBC sits atop the standings in both the women's and men's competition. 
2019 America East Swimming & Diving Championships
Team Standings through Day 3 (28 events)

  • UMBC (604.5 points)
  • New Hampshire (529)
  • Vermont (353)
  • Maine (330.5)
  • VMI (140)
  • Stony Brook (134)


  • UMBC (782.5 points)
  • Binghamton (558)
  • Maine (336.5)
  • VMI (300)

The final day of competition begins at 10 a.m. on Sunday with prelims in women’s and men’s 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, and 200-yard butterfly. The women’s and men’s 1650 free begins at 3:20 followed with the fastest heat in the finals. Finals begin at 5:30 p.m. and the competition and awards ceremony can be streamed live on AmericaEast.TV.