Men's Swimming

UMass Takes Early Lead On Binghamton

Troy Nichols overcame a two-second deficit in the freestyle portion of the 200 IM to claim gold by .09 seconds.

Troy Nichols overcame a two-second deficit in the freestyle portion of the 200 IM to claim gold by .09 seconds.

Nov. 1, 2013

AMHERST, Mass. - The Massachusetts swimming & diving teams jumped out to early leads over Binghamton after the first day of action in the two-day dual meet.

The women hold a 59-34 lead after their five events, while the men possess a 60-34 advantage.

On the men's side, Josh Koppel started things off with a 282.23 on the 1-meter board, followed by Robert Barry and Nolan Burns for third and fourth, respectively.

In the closest race of the night, UMass out-touched Binghamton in the 200 medley relay by four hundredths of a second, finishing in 1:36.25.

Troy Nichols turned in one of the most exciting races of the night when he took first in the 200 IM in 1:57.89. The junior opened his freestyle leg in fourth place and more than two seconds behind the leader but chased down Binghamton's Ruan Zorgman with a great final turn and strong final 25 for the victory.

John Conway shaved a half second off his top time in the 50 free to post a 21.34 for the third-fastest in the Atlantic 10 thus far.

Alessandro Bomprezzi finished the night off with a wire-to-wire first-place time of 9:51.57 in the 1000 free as eight seconds disappeared from his season-opening swim three weeks ago.

The women's squad used the reliable strength on the boards as a quintet of divers all scored over 200 points and took the top five spots in the 3-meter competition. Michaela Butler distanced herself with a 299.93 score, followed by Rachel Dushman at 269.10, Rhiannon Froman at 220.87, Julia Jagannath at 210.59 and Mikhaila Eckhardt at 203.10.



The Minutewomen followed suit in the pool as they claimed the 200 medley relay and three of the four individual races on the night.

Jocelyn Yuen and Katie Arnott went one-two in the 200 IM with Yuen trimming a second off her top time from two weeks ago.

Zoe Judd took gold in the 50 free in 24.35, her best time of the year at that distance. Cassie Sosnovich also improved upon her previous best with a bronze for UMass.

On Saturday, swimming will start things off at 10 a.m., followed by two more diving events at 1 p.m., before another two-hour block of swimming 3 p.m.

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