Women's Swimming Finishes Fourth At Atlantic 10 Championship
Feb. 23, 2002
Buffalo, N.Y.- The University of Massachusetts women's swim team placed fourth overall at the Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships today with 433.5 points behind conference champions Richmond (752), second place St. Bonaventure (584.5) and third place George Washington (459).
Senior Becky Hunnewell (Sandwich, Mass.) led the Minutewomen throughout the three-day meet, placing first in the 100 back (58.33), 200 back (2:01.96) and placing second in the 100 free (51.94). She was named A-10 Swimmer of the Meet for the second consecutive year and became the first women in UMass swimming history to post a NCAA B-cut consideration time with her winning mark in the 200 back. Hunnewell's times in the 100 and 200 back also set UMass records and her mark in the 100 free ranks second all-time at UMass. The senior co-captain also swam the first leg of the second place 400 free relay team which set a UMass record of 3:30.47, surpassing the old record by nearly three seconds. The other members of the winning relay were senior co-captains Andrea Kazanjian (Troy, N.Y.) and Anne Dettloff (Barrington, Ill.) and junior Molly Buckley (Taunton, Mass.).
"Becky Hunnewell was unbelievable, especially that NCAA B cut" said head coach Bob Newcomb. "It's a first time ever for this program and it's a very special thing. Following up that performance she swam in the very next event, the 100 free and placed second in one of the most amazing swims I've ever seen."
Other top performances included junior diver Kate Allery (South Hadley, Mass.) who placed second in the one-meter and third in the three-meter. Sophomore Diane Alberti (Wantaugh, N.Y.) placed fifth in the 200 fly, setting a personal best time of 2:09.40. Consolation winners Buckley and Lauren Bulkeley (Virginia Beach, Va.) also swam great races for the Minutewomen in the 100 free (53.50) and 200 breast (2:23.84), respectively.
"Overall, we had a pretty good meet," said Newcomb. "The team did very well, finishing fourth and they kept after number three George Washington and made a run at their lead. All in all, I'm excited with how the meet finished up."