UMass Swimming & Diving Teams Open At Home Against Army
Oct. 22, 2008
Amherst, Mass. - The men's and women's swimming and diving teams will hold their home opener Saturday, Oct. 25, against Army. With an all-time record of 2-1 against Army, the women's team will look to make it three in a row on Saturday while the men look for their first win ever, after three meetings, against the Black Knights. Both the men's and women's coaches have stated that this will be one of the more challenging dual meets of the season but are both looking to improve on past results.
Senior captain Christa Narus (Stony Brook, N.Y.) is coming off a great performance at last week's season opener against BU and will lead the Minutewomen against Army Saturday. Narus earned UMass/Dinn. Bros Athlete of the Week honors after winning two individual events, the 200 free ( 1:54.81) and the 200 fly (2:06.22), and leading the 400 free relay to a first place finish.
Narus was also a top performer in the Minutewomen's win last season over Army, along with junior Elizabeth Walsh (Marshfield, Mass.). Both finished on top as Narus took first in the 100 fly (59.32) and 200 fly (2:07.13) and Walsh dominated the 100 back (1:00.25) and 200 back (2:11.19).
Senior Karen Upperco (Titusville, N.J.) and sophomore Anne Fogerty (Allentown, Pa.) also had top finishes against Army last year and will look to do the same on Saturday. While Upperco took first in both the one-meter and the three-meter dives, Fogerty finished right behind her in second in both dives as well.
The Minutemen will look for top performances from senior leader Nate Bromage (Three Rivers, Mass.), junior Juan Moliere (San Juan, P.R.), and sophomore Max Bulter (Duxbury, Mass.). All three posted first-place finishes in all different events in last year's meet against Army. Bromage took the top spot in the 100 fly (51.58), Moliere placed first in the 50 free (51.58), and Butler took home the 100 back (53.44).
Moliere and Bromage both helped the 400 free relay team to a second place finish against BU in their season opener last week while Moliere also placed first in his only two individual events, the 50 free (21.28) and the 100 free (47.41).
Freshman Joey Sbordon (Franklin, Mass.) and Jason Cook (Amherst, Mass.) both made an impact in their first collegiate meet against BU. Sbordon was also a member of the 400 free relay team and placed first in his individual events, the 1000 free (9:46.43) and the 500 free (4:39.06). Cook kept the diving team on top with a first place finish in the three-meter dive (359.63) and second in the one-meter dive (305.18) last weekend.
The first home meet of the season for the swimming and diving teams will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25 at Joseph Rogers Pool in the Boyden Gymnasium.