Men's and Women's Swimming Open Season at UConn Huskie Invitational
Oct. 16, 2004
STORRS, Conn. - Greg Chartier, Justin Zeimetz, and Owen Swisher each picked up individual titles to lead the UMass as the men's swimming and diving team opened its season at the UConn Huskie Invitational, while Nicole LeBarge won the 50-yard freestyle leading the women's team, which also opened its season, on Saturday.
Chartier, Zeimetz, and Swisher each earned victories to lead the Minutemen.
Chartier won the 400-yard individual medley in 4:14.77 defeating Mike McNulty of UConn by almost two seconds. Swisher recorded a narrow victory in the 100-yard backstroke with a 53.26 second effort, just over seven-tenths of a second faster than UConn's Bobby Folan. Zeimetz picked up his first title of the season in the 50-yard freestyle touching first in 21.23 seconds.
Zeimetz added a third-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle (48.69) and a fourth-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke (56.91).
A second-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke (1:59.67), a second-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley (2:01.95) and a third-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly rounded out Chartier's performance on the day.
Jake Hogue turned in a trio of fourth place finishes (400-yard individual medley, 100-yard breaststroke, 200-yard individual medley) and a third-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:16.04).
LeBarge led the women with a win in the 50-yard freestyle sprinting to a 25.13 second finish. She also finished fifth in the 100-yard butterfly (54.72).
Kelly Hoffrage posted a pair of fourth-place finishes in the 200-yard freestyle (1:58.38) and the 100-yard butterfly (54.57) and a third-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley (2:13.48).
Samantha Demty added two third-place finishes in the 200-yard butterfly (2:11.55) and the 100-yard butterfly (59.74).
Rounding out the Minutewomen's top performances on the day were Aimee Bourass with a fifth-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle (1:59.13), Lynette Sweeney posting a fifth-place finish in the 400-yard individual medley (4:50.75), Susan Allen finishing third in the 100-yard backstroke (1:01.36), Vanessa Fleguel placing third in the 200-yard backstroke (2:13.44), and Laura Whelton swimming to a fifth-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle (5:32.21).
In the relay events, the women's 200-yard medley relay team swam a 1:51.94 and the men's team posted a time of 1:39.38 giving both squads third-place finishes. In the 400-yard freestyle relay, the men's team finished third (3:17.88), while the women's team finished fourth (3:44.85).