Men's Swimming And Diving Win While Women's Team Finish Second In A Tri Meet At Colgate
Jan. 28, 2007
Amherst, Mass. -
The University of Massachusetts men's swimming and diving team defeated Binghamton 186-114 and Colgate 234-66 while the women's team defeated Binghamton 235-66 but fell to Colgate 183-117 this past Saturday at Lineberry Natatorium. R.J Rappe followed his record breaking performance versus Boston College with two first place finishes to lead the men's team to a convincing victory in the tri meet. Karen Upperco finished first in the one-meter (263.25) and three-meter (280.70) diving competitions for the UMass women in the second place finish.
The Minutemen had an overall strong performance as they finished first in eight events. Of the eight victories seven different minutemen earned first place finishes. Jake Hogue won the 100 yard breaststroke while Juan Moliere won the 50 yard freestyle for the second consecutive meet. Evan Swisher continued with his strong season as he won the 200 yard backstroke.
The mens team took the first event of the day and went on to win four straight events to pull ahead of the pack.
On the women's side Samantha Demty and Liz Lovejoy finished first and second respectively in the 200 yard butterfly. Nicole LeBarge finished second in the 50 yard freestyle. The minutewomen dominated the two diving events as they finished in the top four spots in both the one-meter and 3-meter diving. Upperco's three-meter finish of 280.70 surpassed her previous season high point total and moved her into third place in UMass history.
Despite the strong performance by the minutewomen, they were unable to catch the Colgate Raiders, who broke two relay records en route to victory.
Both swimming and diving teams will travel to Fordham next weekend. The meet is slated for a 1 p.m. start.
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