Big Night On The 1-Meter Vaults UMass Into Second Place At A-10 Meet
Feb. 20, 2014
GENEVA, Ohio - The Massachusetts women's swimming & diving team responded to Wednesday's disappointment with the biggest jump in the meet thus far, climbing seven spots into second place through two days of the 2014 Atlantic 10 Championships.
UMass scored 125 points on Thursday, led by its group of five divers who combined for 79 points on the 1-meter springboard. Richmond increased its lead on the field and has 236.5 points, with UMass 77.5 points back at 159. Fordham is third with 156, followed by George Mason at 150 and La Salle at 145 to round out the top five teams.
Once again, UMass showed its dominance on the boards, putting all five divers into the finals. Senior Michaela Butler broke her own pool record from last year with a 315.65 total to extend the Minutewomen's streak of 1-meter titles to seven and 10 of the last 12.
Sophomore Mikhaila Eckhardt took second with a 279.5 score, freshman Julia Jaganath was third with 241.65 and junior Rachel Dushman was fourth with 252.95. Junior Rhiannon Froman also scored 11 points for the Minutewomen in the finals.
"The diving result got us to where we needed to be after the first day's score," head coach Bob Newcomb said. "I was pleased with tonight. We're making progress and we've got some of our better events on Friday so well see what happens."
Freshman Meriza Werenski scored 14 points in the 200 individual medley as she was fifth in her first ever A-10 individual event.
Junior Molly Smyth won the 500 free consolation final in 4:56.15 and classmate Zoe Judd was sixth in the 50 free consolation final.
Day three action will begin with preliminaries at 10:30 a.m. The races will include the 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 free, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and men's 3-meter diving. The championship finals for all 11 prelim events and the 400 medley relay will get underway at 6:30 p.m.