UMass Swimming & Diving Split Rhode Island Invitational
Jan. 18, 2009
Kingston, R.I. - After almost a month off from competition UMass swim teams returned to competition at the Rhode Island Invitational where the Minutemen notched a first-place finish and the Minutewomen finished in second-place. This was the first time either team completed against an Atlantic 10 team as La Salle, Rhode Island, and George Washington were at the Invitational.
The return of junior sprinter Juan Moliere gave the Minutemen a huge boost in their victory at the Rhode Island Invitational. The San Juan, Puerto Rico, native reclaimed the top spots as he finished first in both the 50 free (21.51) and the 100 free (47.49). Moliere also added fourth-place points for the Minutemen as he finished the 100 back in 55.25 while also helping the 400 medley relay and 200 free relay teams to first-place finishes.
Freshman Joey Sbordon also led the way for the Minutemen as he added 45 individual points and three individual wins. The Franklin, Mass. native continued to dominate his usual events as he took first in the 500 free (4:43.61), 200 free (1:47.71), and 1000 free (9:56.93).
Sophomore Max Butler (Duxbury, Mass.) and junior Mike Berthaume (Hampden, Mass.) were both top point earners for the Minutemen as they contributed a combined two first-place finishes and three second-place finishes at the Invitational.
Sophomore Adam Duffield (Brookfield, Conn.) was the only Minuteman on the diving board at the Invitational and he finished in second-place finish in the three-meter dive, scoring 257.55, and first-place in the one-meter dive, scoring 262.95.
Senior captain Christa Narus (Stony Brook, N.Y.) led the way for the Minutewomen as she brought home three individual first-place finishes while also adding to numerous relay teams including the first-place 200 free relay team. Narus placed first in the 100 fly (59.18), 200 free (1:57.37), and 200 fly (2:07.60).
Junior Kathryne Chalikis (Flemington, N.J.) and freshman Chelsea Downing (Falmouth, Mass.) were also top finishers for the Mintewomen, both notching two individual finishes apiece. Chalikis won the 50 free (24.71) and the 100 free (54.10) while Downing finished first in the 500 free (5:08.30) and 1000 free (10:36.29).
Senior Karen Upperco (Titusville, N.J.) dominated the diving board as she finished first in both diving events, scoring 304.60 in the three-meter dive and 259.20 in the one-meter dive. Sarah Horstmann, a senior from Hockessin, Del., finished second in both the three-meter (219.60) and one-meter (245.60), while freshman Hannah Swift finished third in the three-meter (205.15) and fourth in the one-meter (217.10).
Both teams will return to the pool for two home meets, the first being Saturday, Jan. 24 against Boston College and the second on Sunday, Jan. 25 against Colgate. The meets will begin at 1 PM on Saturday and 2 PM on Sunday at Joseph Rodgers Pool.
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