Men's Swimming Holds On To First Going Into Final Day; Women Stay In Fourth Place At A-10 Championships
Feb. 18, 2005
BUFFALO, N.Y. - For the third consecutive night, 2004 defending champions Massachusetts and Richmond topped the leader board at the 2005 Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships and the Flickinger Aquatic Center. The Minutemen finished with 510 points, while the Lady Spiders finished with 618 points.
St. Bonaventure finished in second place (423.5), La Salle in third (301), George Washington in fourth (253), followed by Fordham in fifth (241), Xavier in sixth (220), Duquesne in seventh (198), and Rhode Island in eighth (189.5).
Sophomore Greg Chartier (Amherst, Mass.) led off the day for the Minutemen with a second-place finish in the 400-yard individual medley clocking a season-best time of 4:00.31. That was followed up by another second-place finish from sophomore Mike Cordes (Highland Lakes, N.J.) in the 100 butterfly (50.98 seconds).
Sophomore Jake Hogue (Grand Junction, Colo.) narrowly missed third in the tightly contested 400 IM as he took fourth just 0.01 seconds behind Matt Young of Xavier (4:03.65).
Cordes took a third-place tie in the 100 breaststroke with Matthew Hartke of Rhode Island as both finished in 57.61 seconds. Freshman A.J. Vozella (Weymouth, Mass.) also took third today in the 200 freestyle (1:41.51). Sophomore Evan Swisher (North Bennington, Vt.) rounded out the day for the individual swimmers with a third-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke (51.69 seconds).
Swisher, Cordes and seniors Dylan Smith (Timonium, Md.) and Justin Zeimetz (Rochester, N.H.) teamed up to take second in the 400 medley relay to finish the day. They swam a season-best 3:24.69 in the event.
On the women's side, St. Bonaventure finished the night in second place (388), George Washington in third (328), the University of Massachusetts in fourth (276), followed by Xavier in fifth (240), Fordham in sixth (238), Duquesne in seventh (223), Rhode Island in eighth (158), and La Salle in ninth (94).
Sophomore Mary Jenkins (Acton, Mass.) was again the top UMass finisher as she took second in the three-meter dive with 397.25 points. That ranks as the seventh-best point total in the championship dive event and a career-best for Jenkins.
Other top individual performances on the day include freshman Samantha Demty's (Seekonk, Mass.) seventh-place finish in the 100 butterfly (59.03 seconds), freshman Susan Allen's (Pittsford, N.Y.) eighth-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke (59.91 seconds), and a ninth-place finish by senior Lynette Sweeney (Plymouth, Mass.) in the 400-yard individual medley.
Day four preliminaries begin at 10:30 a.m. with the finals starting at 6:30 p.m. Complete results are available at www.atlantic10.org.