UMass Falls To Fordham In Preview Of A-10's
Feb. 2, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass women's swimming and diving team fell to Fordham, 176-120, Saturday, in what will most likely turn into a battle for second place during the upcoming Atlantic 10 Championships. The Minutewomen managed just five first-place finishes, including two from diver Michaela Butler. The UMass men were able to defeat the Rams by a score of 183-113.
The Minutewomen divers were able to sweep the top-three spots in both the one- and three-meter events, led by Michaela Butler. The Dennisport, Mass. native took the one-meter dive with a score of 265.64 and was followed closely by Mary Atkinson in second (253.80) and Molly Elkins in third (244.80). Butler also captured the three-meter, pulling in a score of 298.43. Atkinson added another second-place finish to her day finishing with a score of 264.53. Rachel Dushman took third for the Minutewomen pulling in a score of 259.80.
UMass started off its day in the pool with a second-place finish by the 200-yard medley relay team of Rebecca Quirie, Katie Arnott, Jocelyn Yuen and Zoe Judd. The group was able to finish just ahead of the third-place Fordham team with a time of 1:50.54.
In the 1000-yard freestyle, freshman Katherine Orr picked up her first top-finish finishing at a time of 10:32.97. She came in ahead of Anna Cavanaugh who took fourth at a time of 10:42.97 and Kaitlyn McKenna who finished fifth with a time of 10:50.04.
The two other first-place finishes for the Minutewomen came in the 200-yard butterfly and the 500-yard freestyle. Yuen captured the top spot in the 200 fly pulling in a time of 2:07.95, while Judd took the win in the 500 free at a time of 5:06.82. She finished ahead of Molly Smyth who finished at a time of 5:06.74 and in second-place. Judd was also able to add a second-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle (24.74) and a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard IM (2:15.48) to her name before the afternoon was over.
The Minutewomen will now look ahead to the Atlantic 10 Championships taking place from the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio beginning on February 20. UMass will look to improve upon its fourth-place finish from last season and get back onto the podium, a place they had previously been four times in the past seven seasons.