UMass Finishes Third At Rhode Island Invitational
Jan. 11, 2014
KINGSTON, R.I. - Coming off their annual winter training trip to Puerto Rico, the Massachusetts men's and women's swimming and diving teams recorded some solid swims at the Rhode Island Invitational this weekend.
The men's team won its meet with a three-session total of 594 points, edging George Washington (351) and Rhode Island's club team (161). The Minutewomen finished third with 384 points, behind GW (414) and URI (394).
For the women, Meriza Werenski swept through her weekend with golds in the 200 and 400 IM and the 200 breast.
Diver Michaela Butler remained undefeated on the year with top scores in both boards.
Molly Smyth continued to improve as she returns from an injury that sidelined her for much of the first half of the season. Swimming in her second meet of the year, the distance specialist finished second in the 500 free, third in the 1000 free and fourth in the 200 free. She also swam third on the winning 400 free relay group.
"Molly will continue to get better every week and that's what we've been shooting for," women's coach Bob Newcomb said. Newcomb mentioned that the best thing for his team was to return to racing after the tough training regimen that the trip south offered.
"The team swam well but they were very tired. The best thing for us was to get back on the blocks and race some other teams."
The Minutemen were led by Michael Glenn who took first in the 400 IM, 100 breast and 200 breast. He also teamed with Hao Luong, Ben Sloan and Brian Stiles for the 400 medley relay to open the meet on Friday.
"Mike Glenn won all three individual events and looked really strong," men's coach Russ Yarworth said.
Wiktor Karpinski also won multiple events, claiming gold in the 50 and 100 free, while adding the 200 free relay and anchoring the 200 medley relay.
All told, UMass won eight individual races, three relays and both diving competitions.
"We did what we needed to do after a nice training trip," Yarowrth added. "From top to bottom, I was pleased with the effort. The freshman are starting to grow up a bit and if we want to challenge for the conference title they are going to have to step up."
Both teams will return to the pool next weekend with a dual meet at Bryant on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 1 p.m.
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