Juliana McDonald established a University of Maine record in the 100-yard backstroke Saturday while representing the Black Bears at the ECAC Championships at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
McDonald was timed in 57.23 seconds, which broke the previous record of 57.34 set in 2017 by Emily Borger. McDonald turned the first 50 at 28.1 and the second at 29.2.
The graduate student also finished 10th in the 200 backstroke (2:06.1) with splits of 29.6, 32.4, 32.2 and 31.5.
The Black Bear women finished sixth in the field of 20 scoring teams while the men placed 10th among 21 teams at the meet.
On Sunday, McDonald recorded the fastest leg in the field at 50.0 seconds while racing lead on UMaine’s 400 free relay (3:27.8). Teammates Maggie White (53.4), Ines Khiyara (52.8) and Emma Blair (51.5) teamed up to finish second.
Blair also scored eighth in the 100 free (52.0).
White (1:56.1), Emily Lund (1:55.9), Beatrix Lavigueur (1:57.5) and Shayla Rose Kleisinger (1:55.2) finished seventh in the 800 free relay at 7:45.4. In the 200 breaststroke, Khiyara (2:24.1), Emma Blackdeer (2:25) and White (2:27) finished sixth, eighth and 12th, respectively.
On the men’s side, Cameron Kubik (47.8), Kazu Temple (48.1), Nick Gould (47.7) and Coulter Morrill (47.7) teamed up to finish eighth in the 400 free relay in 3:11.3.
In the 800 free relay, Andy Sprague (1:47.7), Morrill (1:45), Hayden Kasavicha (1:46,5) and Gould (1:47.4) nabbed sixth with a 7:07.5. Rooster Cardin recorded a 4:16 in the 400 individual medley, and Jake Gutkes touched at 4:23 in that race.
Kazu Temple’s 2:04.7 placed thirteenth in the 200 breaststroke.