UMass Swimming & Diving Return Home Saturday
Oct. 30, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass men's and women's swimming and diving teams return home on Saturday afternoon as they host the Seawolves of Stony Brook University at the Joseph P. Rogers pool with the meet starting at 1 p.m. Both the Minutemen and Minutewomen currently stand at 1-1 on the year. The teams split a dual-meet at Army last weekend, with the women beating the Black Knights 166.5-127.5, and the men falling 183-117.
The men are led by reigning Atlantic-10 Performer of the Week Juan Moliere. Moliere has been the top sprinter for the Minutemen, claiming two individual victories (both against BU) in the 50 and 100 freestyle events on the year. The senior also swam the anchor leg of the Minutemen 200 freestyle relay team in the meet against BU on Oct. 17, edging the Terriers by .12 seconds and lifting UMass to the dual-meet victory. Freshman Jorge Fortin has also impressed in the sprint events, notching his first collegiate victory against Army in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:43.27.
Joey Sbordon has been strong in the distance events for the Minutemen. The sophomore had three individual wins against BU in the home-opener, including victories in the 1000, 500 and 200 freestyle. Sbordon swam a season-best time of 9:46.39 while taking second-place in the 1000 freestyle last in the team's last meet against Army.
On the diving board, Jason Cook has continued to be the team's top-performer. Cook put up season-best scores in both the one and three-meter diving events against Army, scoring 344.18 in the three-meter and 310.95 in the one-meter while taking first-place in both. Teammate Adam Duffield placed second in both diving events against Army as well, registering scores of 246.74 in the one-meter and 278.40 in the three-meter.
The women had a big win against Army last Saturday, with Julie Magyar and Elizabeth Walsh each notching two individual victories to help lead the way. Walsh, who was named UMass/ Dinn Bros. Athlete of the Week, took victories in the 200 freestyle (1:57.44) and 200 backstroke (2:11.60) while also helping the 400 freestyle relay team along with Magyar, Jennifer Corriveau and Amina Meho to a win with a time of 3:36.74. Magyar, a freshman, notched wins in 1000 freestyle, finishing with a time of 10:39.59, and the 500 freestyle (5:11.64) while also claiming third-place in the 200 freestyle (1:57.77).
On the diving board, Hannah Swift has been the team's top-performer, taking her first collegiate first-place finish against Army in the one-meter event with a score of 225.89. Swift also finished second in the three-meter dive with a score of 202.12.
The women won 10 of the 16 total events against Army, with Jennifer Corriveau, Kayla Tegeler, Jessica Starosielec, and Tavis Potter each grabbing victories of their own. Corriveau grabbed a first-place finish in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:01.14 while also placing third in the 100 freestyle, touching the wall with a final time of 54.39, just behind teammate Meho. Meho, who had her first collegiate victory against BU, had a second-place finish in the 100 freestyle (53.65).
Both teams took wins last year at Stony Brook, with the women winning 176-124 and the men winning 176-123. For the women, Walsh led the way with a win in the backstroke while also helping two relay teams to victories. On the men's side, Sbordon won both the 100 and 200 freestyle events to help the Minutemen take down the Seawolves.
The meet will be the first of back-to-back home meets for the swimming and diving teams, as the team will host Binghamton next Saturday.
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