Men's Swimming In First At A-10 Championships; Women In Fourth After Day One
Feb. 16, 2005
BUFFALO, N.Y. - After night one of the 2005 Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships, the 2004 defending champions lead the competition as UMass finished the day with the men's lead and Richmond finished with the women's lead. The University of Massachusetts finished with a score of 80 points, while the Lady Spiders finished with 106 points.
In men's action, St. Bonaventure finished in second place (68), Xavier in third (58), George Washington in fourth (56), followed by Fordham in fifth (54), Rhode Island in sixth (54), La Salle in seventh (52), and Duquesne in eighth (50).
The University of Massachusetts Minutemen captured the first gold medal of the meet with a first-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay. Seniors Dylan Smith (Timonium, Md.) and Justin Zeimetz (Rochester, N.H.), and sophomores Evan Swisher (North Bennington, Vt.) and Mike Cordes (Highland Lakes, N.J.) won the event in a time of 1:32.15. Smith teamed with senior Owen Scollan (Lowell, Mass.) and sophomores Greg Chartier (Amherst, Mass.) and Derek Castellana (Bedford, Mass.) to win the 800-yard freestyle relay with a time of 6:46.87.
Both times were season-best performances for UMass. The Minutemen's time in the 4x200-yard medley relay was just 0.05 seconds shy of the fifth fastest time in league history.
On the women's side, George Washington finished the night in second place (102), St. Bonaventure in third (100), the University of Massachusetts in fourth (83), followed by Fordham in fifth (75), Rhode Island in sixth (58), Xavier in seventh (50), Duquesne in eighth (46), and La Salle in ninth (43).
The Richmond Spiders started the meet with a win in the 200-yard relay. Junior Brooke Boncher, sophomores Emily Bateman and Michelle Coombs, and freshman Anastasia Lau teamed to win the event in a time of 1:43.90.
The Spiders also captured first in the 800-yard freestyle relay. Senior Mary Adams, junior Anne Kirchner, sophomore Emily Bateman, and freshman Jessica Witt won the event in a time of 7:32.73.
The Minutewomen took sixth-place in both events.
On the boards, senior Katura Horton-Perinchief of George Washington took first-place in the one-meter diving competition with a score of 238.85. UMass sophomore Mary Jenkins (Acton, Mass.) narrowly fell to second place with her performance of 233.10 points to earn second-team All-Atlantic 10 honors. Jenkins was the defending conference champion in the event.
Day two preliminaries begin at 10:30 a.m. with the finals starting at 6:30 p.m. Complete results are available at www.atlantic10.org.