Swimming & Diving Teams Split Against Army
Oct. 28, 2006
AMHERST, Mass. - The men's and women's swimming and diving teams split their home meet against Army on Saturday as the women won 162-138 and the men fell 155-145 despite a late rally at the Joseph R. Rogers, Jr. Pool in front of a packed house. Liz Lovejoy and Karen Upperco led the Minutewomen with two event wins each. Evan Swisher and R.J. Rappe (pictured) led the men's team. Swisher won three events, while Rappe won both diving events.
The women's meet was close for the most part of the day, however, UMass' overall depth was enough in the end. The men trailed going into the final two events, but a strong showing in the 200 individual medley brought UMass within one point of Army. Coming into the final relay, UMass and Army were neck-and-neck until the Black Knight's Efri Ruthenberg secured the 400 free relay win on the anchor leg to secure the meet victory.
In women's action, Lovejoy won the 200 freestyle (1:54.88) and the 100 freestyle (54.20 seconds). She also anchored the winning 400 free relay team and took second in the 100 fly (1:00.05).
Upperco won both the one-meter dive and the three-meter dive as UMass' other two event winner.
Other event winners for the Minutewomen included Taryn Prout in the 1,000 free (10:53.09), Elizabeth Walsh in the 100 back (1:01.52), Christa Narus in the 200 fly (2:10.57), and Allison Volpe in the 50 free (25.16 seconds).
In men's action, Swisher won the 100 back (51.76 seconds), the 200 back (1:54.71) and the 200 IM (1:54.85) to lead UMass. He also swam the lead leg of the winning 200 medley relay.
Along with Swisher, R.J. Rappe had an outstanding day as he swept the one-meter (304.80) and the three-meter (301.42) dives.
The women's team will compete next Saturday at Central Connecticut, while the men will take the week off. Both teams will return to action on Nov. 11 against Boston University in a dual meet.
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