Swim Teams Place Second At URI Invite
Jan. 12, 2003
AMHERST, Mass. -- The Massachusetts men's and women's swim teams both finished second at the Rhode Island Invitational this weekend. The men tallied 462 points to finish behind Dartmouth, who won the meet with 561 points.
The Minutewomen recorded 483.50 points to finish in second behind Dartmouth with 573.50 points. The host school, Rhode Island, finished in third place in both the men's and women's competitions (371 points for the women's team, 392 points for the men's team), and La Salle's two teams both finished in fourth place with 314 points for the women's team and 299 points for the men's team.
The Minutewomen were led by Kate Allery's (South Hadley, Mass.) first-place finishes in both the 1M dive and the 3M dive, where she tallied 226.65 and 252.20 points, respectively.
In the swimming competitions, juniors Diana Alberti (Wantagh, N.Y.), Christen Dexter (Centerville, Mass.) and Lauren Rowell (Hamburg, N.Y.) performed well for the Minutewomen. Alberti placed first in the 200-yard butterfly at 2:12.70 and finished second in the 100-yard butterfly at 1:00.23. Dexter won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:28.39 and placed second in the 100-yard breaststroke at 1:09.28, while Rowell placed first in the 100-yard backstroke at 1:01.64.
The Minutewomen also tallied solid performances in the relays. UMass placed second in the 200-yard medley relay when the team of Rowell, Dexter, Alberti and senior Lizzy Boyle (Darien, Conn.) turned in a time of 1:53.92. Massachusetts also recorded a third place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay when Boyle, Molly Buckley (Taunton, Mass.), Megan Pittman (Adair, Ill.) and Lauren Bulkeley (Virginia Beach, Va.) turned in a time of 1:42.33.
Leading the way for the Minutemen was junior Logan Alomar (Silver Spring, Md.). Alomar won the 1M diving competition with a total of 263.70 points. Sophomore Brandon Doane (Danvers, Mass.) placed third in the 1M diving event with 229.90 points and he placed second in the 3M diving competition with 256.10 points.
Also performing well for UMass was seniors Chad Arnold (Mohnton, Pa.) and Justin Houck (Wyomissing, Pa.), along with sophomores Gavin Frazier (Buzzards Bay, Mass.) and Dylan Smith (Timmonium, Md.). Arnold recorded a third place finish in the 50-yard freestyle at 22.56. Houck finished third in the 200-yard IM at 1:59.92 and also tallied a fourth place finish in the 200-yard backstroke at 1:59.67. Frazier edged out Houck to place third in the 200-yard backstroke at 1:59.62, and Smith finished third in the 200-yard butterfly at 1:56.23.
The Minutemen were also led by solid performances in the relays. The team of Ryan Matthews (Rumson, N.J.), Rob Bellamy (Columbia, Md.), Matt Woodfield (Naugatuck, Conn.) and Arnold, finished second in the 200-yard freestyle relay at 1:28.58. The Minutemen recorded another second place finish in the relays when Houck, Matt Woodward (Waterboro, Maine), Conner Townsend (Memphis, Tenn.) and Matthews finished the 200-yard IM in 1:39.25.
The men's and women's swim teams will return home on Saturday, Jan. 18, to host Central Connecticut and UMBC at Joseph R. Rogers, Jr. Pool. The men will take on UMBC at 10:30 a.m. and the women will compete against Central Connecticut and UMBC at 2:00 p.m.