Men's Swimming Wins Fifth Consecutive A-10 Title; Minutewomen Finish Fourth In Conference
Feb. 20, 2005
BUFFALO, N.Y. - The UMass men's swimming and diving team won its fifth-consecutive Atlantic 10 title on Saturday - the eighth in program history - and Russ Yarworth was named the league's Coach of the Year for the seventh time in his career as the Minutemen capped the season dubbed 'The Drive For Five'. The Minutewomen finished fourth in a tightly contested women's championship just edging Xavier by 13 points.
UMass won the meet with 804 total points to set a conference record for the most consecutive championships. St. Bonaventure finished in second place (652.5), La Salle in third (473), George Washington in fourth (384), followed by Fordham in fifth (354), Xavier in sixth (306), Duquesne in seventh (270), and Rhode Island in eighth (248.5).
On the women's side, Richmond repeated as league champions with 921 points. St. Bonaventure finished the competition in second place (534), George Washington in third (427), the University of Massachusetts in fourth (363), followed by Xavier in fifth (350), Fordham in sixth (326), Duquesne in seventh (318), Rhode Island in eighth (221), and La Salle in ninth (132).
UMass dominated the men's 100 freestyle sweeping the event as freshman A.J. Vozella (Weymouth, Mass.) took first-place followed by senior Justin Zeimetz (Rochester, N.H.) and sophomore Gordon Leonard (Cinnaminson, N.J.).
Sophomore Evan Swisher (North Bennington, Vt.) finished second in the 200-yard backstroke, while freshman Reuben Rappe (Farmington, Minn.) took runner-up in the three-meter dive. Sophomore Jake Hogue (Grand Junction, Colo.) rounded out the top performances for the Minutemen with a third-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke.
In women's action, freshman Samantha Demty (Seekonk, Mass.) had the highest performance on the day clocking the fifth-fastest performance in the 200-yard butterfly in school history. Her time of 2:08.96 in the event was good for fifth-place.
Junior Kelly Hoffrage (St. Charles, Ill.) finished ninth in the 100-yard freestyle (53.49 seconds) with the seventh-fastest performance in program history.