Swimming And Diving Swept In Season Opener
Oct. 13, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass men's and women's swimming and diving teams both fell to Boston University Saturday afternoon; with the men losing 182.5-116.5 and the women losing 177-118. Despite the loss to tough squads both teams saw exceptional performances on the diving board.
The Minutemen were able to take the top two spots in both the one- and three-meter dives led by senior Alexander Merkulov. He was able to grab first in both events scoring a 291.67 in the one-meter event and a personal best 329.10 in the three-meter event. In his first collegiate meet, freshman Josh Koppel took second behind Merkulov in both events with scores of 265.12 in the one-meter and 285.00 in the three-meter.
Inglis was able to capture first-place in both the 200-yard freestyle (1:42.67) and tied for first with BU's Cole Puchi in the 100-yard freestyle (47.10). Conway finished first in the 50-yard freestyle touching the wall at a time of 21.03. He also grabbed third in the 100-yard butterfly (52.27). Viera, in his first collegiate meet, took second in the 500-yard freestyle (4:46.65) and third in the 1000-yard freestyle (9:45.11).
On the boards, Michaela Butler picked up right were she left off last season for the Minutewomen taking first in both events with scores of 290.10 in the one-meter and 286.05 in the three-meter dive. Her score in the one-meter makes the NCAA Zone qualifying cuts. Molly Elkins was able to grab third in both events with scores of 231.45 and 229.65, respectively.
Katie Arnott continued her dominance of the breaststroke taking first in the 200-yard breast clocking in at a time of 2:25.40. She was also able to take second in both the 100-yard breaststroke (1:07.65) and the 200-yard IM (2:12.56).
Other standout performances from the women came from sophomore Molly Smyth and freshman Jocelyn Yuen. Smyth took second in the 1000-yard freestyle touching the wall with a time of 10:18.72, a new UMass record. She also took third in the 200-yard backstroke (2:09.23). Yuen, also in her first meet, finished second in the 100-yard butterfly (57.88) and third in the 200-yard butterfly (2:06.46).
The men and women will be back in action on Friday October 19 as they are set to host Army from Joseph Rogers Pool. The 2012-13 home opener is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. and will be aired on CBS 3 Now (Comcast 293 in Western Mass.) and UMass All-Access.