Women's Swimming

Women's Swim Team Splits Weekend Meets

Lauren Rowell won three events over the weekend for the Minutewomen.

Lauren Rowell won three events over the weekend for the Minutewomen.

Jan. 25, 2004

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The University of Massachusetts women's swimming and diving team defeated both Southern Connecticut State (155-98) and Central Connecticut State (155-129) in a tri-meet on Sunday. Saturday, the women lost to Boston College in a dual meet, 199-101.

In Sunday's tri-meet victory, the Minutewomen were led by senior captain Lauren Rowell (Hamburg, N.Y.), who took top honors in two events. Rowell won the 200-yard backstroke and 100-yard backstroke in respective times of 2:14.43 and 1:02.24. Sophomore Melissa Stango (Cheshire, Conn.) won the 200-yard breaststroke with a personal season-best mark of 2:30.99, while sophomore Aimee Bourassa (Ottawa, Ontario) was victorious in the 1000-yard freestyle, posting a time of 10:51.74. Freshman Nicole LeBarge (Lee, N.H.) then posted a win of her own, taking first place in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.12. The Minutewomen also won the 200-yard freestyle relay. The diving events saw senior Joanna Walsh (Spencer, Mass.) take second in the three-meter dive with a season-best score of 223.30. Sophomore Mary Jenkins (Acton, Mass.) then took second in the one-meter dive, posting a personal season-best mark of 220.50.

In Saturday's loss to Boston College, Rowell and Bourassa each posted wins. Rowell took the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:01.23, while Bourassa won the 200-yard free with a mark of 1:59.22. Rowell also swam the first leg on the second-place 200-yard medley relay team. In the diving events, Walsh and Jenkins finished second in the three-meter and one-meter dives, respectively. Walsh posted a 222.75 to earn her second-place finish, while Jenkins dove to a 217.57 mark for hers.



The UMass women's swimming and diving team will be back in action on Saturday, Jan. 31, as they host Fordham at Joseph R. Rogers, Jr. pool in Boyden Gymnasium. The meet begins at 1:00 p.m.
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