Swimming & Diving Splits At Fordham On Saturday
Jan. 29, 2005
BRONX, N.Y. - For just the ninth time in the program's history, the men's swimming and diving team finished its regular season undefeated as the Minutemen defeated Fordham 175-120 on Saturday afternoon. Despite the individual efforts of sophomore Nicole LeBarge (Lee, N.H.) and senior Colleen Wasson (Harleysville, Pa.), the women's team fell to the Rams, 123-175.
The men's team jumped out quickly winning five of the first six events including sweeps of the 100-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard freestyle.
For the fourth time this season, Smith took first in the 200-yard butterfly with his time of 1:55.21. He also won both distance events taking first in the 500-yard freestyle (4:50.53) and in the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:09.87).
Hogue led a sophomore class which posted five first-place finishes for UMass. He won the 100 breaststroke (1:00.32) and the 200 breaststroke (2:08.91), while finishing second in the 200-yard individual medley (1:59.96). Both times in the breaststroke events were season-best times.
Other individual winners for the day included sophomore Derek Castellana (Bedford, Mass.) in the 200 freestyle (1:46.17), senior Justin Zeimetz (Rochester, N.H.) in the 50 freestyle (21.61 seconds) and in the 100 freestyle (48.14 seconds), sophomore Evan Swisher (North Bennington, Vt.) in the 200 backstroke (1:53.45) and freshman Reuben Rappe (Farmington, Minn.) in the 3-meter dive (323.08 points).
Freshman Isaac Ebert (Oxford, Conn.) and sophomore Rich Droser (Dorchester, Mass.) joined Castellana in the sweep of the 200 freestyle, while sophomores Mike Cordes (Highland Lakes, N.J.) and Andrew Pokorny-Campbell (Gladwyne, Pa.) teamed up with Hogue to take the top-three spots of the 100 breaststroke.
Swisher, senior Matt Woodward (Waterbury, Maine), Cordes and Zeimetz joined up to win the 200-yard medley relay (1:36.96), while Zeimetz, sophomore Gordon Leonard (Cinnaminson, N.J.), freshman Mark Pechack (Warwick, R.I., and senior Ryan Matthews (Rumson, N.J.) would have won the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:27.60), but their time did not count because UMass had already won the meet at that point.
In women's action, LeBarge won the 50-yard freestyle for the sixth time this season with her 25.02 second performance. She also finished second in the 100-yard freestyle clocking a 55.90 time in the event.
Wasson posted three second-place finishes on the day in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:11.33), the 200-yard breaststroke (2:34.19), and in the 200-yard individual medley (2:16.66).
Sophomores Mary Jenkins (Acton, Mass.) and Melissa Pond split the diving events as Jenkins won the one-meter dive (254.32 points) and Pond won the three-meter dive (243.22 points). Both finished second in their alternate dive events.
Both teams will train for two weeks before heading to the Atlantic 10 Championships held in Buffalo, N.Y. from Feb. 16-19. The men are looking for their fifth consecutive title, while the women are in search of their second overall league crown.