Men's Swimming

S&D Take On BU Saturday In Season Opener

Amherst native Jason Cook will look to help the Minutemen to their sixth straight A-10 Championship

Amherst native Jason Cook will look to help the Minutemen to their sixth straight A-10 Championship

Oct. 14, 2011

AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass men's and women's swimming and diving teams open up their season this Saturday against Boston University. The meet will be held at Joseph Rogers Pool at 1:00 p.m. The Minutemen are coming off winning their fifth consecutive Atlantic 10 title, while the Minutewomen are coming off a third place finish.

In last season's matchup with BU, the Terriers were able to win against both the men and the women. The Minutemen fell, 154-146, and the women lost, 177-115.

The men were led by the performances of Derek Hursch and Joey Sbordon.

Hursch, in his first collegiate meet, was able to win all three of his events; the 200-yard freestyle (1:44.89), 100-yard freestyle (47.36) and 200-yard IM (1:54.96). Sbordon was victorious in the 1000 free and the 500 free with times of 9:51.30 and 4:46.91, respectively.

On the diving board Jason Cook was able to sweep both the one and three-meter dives with scores of 298.80 and 326.03. Adam Duffield finished in second in the one-meter and third in the three-meter.

The Minutewomen were able to sweep the 200 IM led by Ingrid Woelfel with a time of 2:12.72, she was followed by Kaitlyn McKenna, Jessica Starosielec and Meghan Nowak.

Starosielec was also able to win the 200-yard breaststroke (2:27.99), and placed second in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Molly Elkins and Hannah Swift were able to finish fifth and sixth, respectively, on the diving board.

At the conclusion of the 2011 season many members of the swimming and diving program were honored by the A-10 for their outstanding performance both in and out of the pool.

Elkins was named women's Most Outstanding Diver for the first time in her career after winning gold in the one-meter and silver in the three-meter dive at the Atlantic 10 Championship.



Cook was named the men's Most Outstanding Diver for the third consecutive season. He claimed gold in the three-meter and silver in the one-meter.

Chris Inglis was named men's Most Outstanding Rookie after winning gold in the 1650 free and bronze in the 200 fly and 400 IM.

Men's head coach Russ Yarworth received his 12th Coach of the Year honor, while men's and women's diving coach Mandy Hixon was named Diving Coach of the Year (4th as men's coach and 6th as women's).

Adam Duffield was named Student-Athlete of the Year graduating with a 3.602 GPA with a degree in industrial engineering. At the A-10 Championships he took the silver medal in the three-meter dive.

Joining Duffield on the Academic All-Conference team were Dan Backler, Alex Merkulov, Tavis Potter and Starosielec.

Next weekend the men and the women will be traveling to West Point to take on Army. The meet is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

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