Minutemen Close Out Regular Season At Fordham
Feb. 1, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - Following at third place finish at the Upper Valley Invitational last weekend, the Minutemen will be back in action on Saturday February 2 as they travel to take on Atlantic 10 rival Fordham. The meet is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. from the Messmore Aquatic Center. The UMass men will be looking to improve on their 15-0 all-time head-to-head record against Fordham.
The Minutemen were able to extend their win streak against Fordham last season by knocking off the Rams on senior day, 170-123. UMass was able to win nearly every event, including sweeping the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events along with the 200-yard IM.
Michael Glenn and Beau Garufi led the Minutemen in the breaststroke events taking first and second, respectively, in the 200 finishing with times of 2:08.23 and 2:10.44. Glenn and Garufi took second and third in the 100 breast, with former Minuteman Timothy Gladyshev taking the top spot.
Hao Luong paced the Minutemen in the 200 IM finishing at a time of 1:56.54, just ahead of teammate Ryan Bobianski who took second with a time of 1:57.53. Luong also went on to a second-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke touching the wall at a time of 51.80.
Fordham was selected by the conference's coaches to finish fifth once again this year after finishing fifth at last season's conference championship.
The Rams are led by senior Devon Morris, who last season was able to win the 50-yard freestyle at the conference championship in record fashion, finishing with a time of 20.28.
Freshman Steve Sholdra currently holds A-10 best times in the 500-, 1000- and 1650-yard freestyle events for the Rams. He sits ahead of a Minuteman swimmer in each of those events.
With the Atlantic 10 Championships just over 18 days away the Minutemen will shift their focus, following the Fordham meet, to winning their 15th overall and seventh-straight conference championship. A-10's kicks off on February 20 from the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio.