Minutewomen Sweep 1M Board, In First After Day One
Feb. 20, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass women's swimming and diving team put all six of their divers through to the evening finals and then swept the one-meter springboard en route to a 54 point advantage over Richmond following day one action. The Minutewomen sit in the top-spot through three events, from the Spire Institute, with a total of 155 points. Following UMass is Richmond (101), La Salle (86) and Fordham (66).
During the afternoon preliminary one-meter diving action UMass was able to push all six of their divers into the evening finals, led by Michaela Butler who finished with a score of 284.50. In what started as a field of 16, the Minutewomen controlled the finals owning six of the eight total spots.
UMass was then able to sweep the podium during the evening finals once again led by Butler who finished with a score of 274.35. Molly Elkins took the silver, for a second-straight year, posting a score of 245.10. Mary Atkinson rounded out the top-three with a score of 241.15. Mikhaila Eckhardt, Rhiannon Froman and Rachel Dushman all scored points for the Minutewomen, finishing in fourth, sixth and seventh, respectively. Butler is now a two-time gold medalist in the one-meter dive, winning the event in back-to-back years. UMass has now won the last six one-meter springboard events.
The Minutewomen opened the evening in the pool with the 200-yard medley relay. The team of Rebecca Quirie, Katie Arnott, Jocelyn Yuen and Zoe Judd finished with a school record time of 1:43.21 and finished fifth. The team lowered their seedtime by 2.67 seconds and beat the school record by 2.39 seconds. Richmond took the gold medal in the event with a time of 1:39.51.
The final event of the day for the UMass women also ended in record fashion. The 800-yard freestyle relay team of Anna Cavanaugh, Katie Orr, Molly Smyth and Zoe Judd finished at a school record time of 7:22.47 and took silver in the event, finishing behind Richmond (7:21.60). The relay team smashed both their seedtime and previous school record time by just under ten seconds. Cavanaugh was also able to claim the school record in the 200-yard freestyle with her opening leg time of 1:49.28.
Day two action starts up with prelims 10:30 a.m. with finals beginning at 6:30 p.m.