Minutewomen Set Six Records, In Second With One Day Remaining At A-10's
Feb. 22, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - With one day remaining at the Atlantic 10 Championships from the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio, the UMass women's swimming and diving team is holding on to second-place with a total of 468 points. The Minutewomen are over 130 points ahead of third place Fordham, and still sitting well behind the leader, Richmond. Day three proved to be a successful one for UMass, setting six school records and reaching the podium six times.
The women were able to qualify 11 swimmers and all six divers for the evening finals. Four records were set in the morning session, three of which would be broken later in the night. The one that stood was Katie Arnott's 1:03.41 swim in the 100-yard breaststroke. She broke her own record by just over a second.
The finals session started off with the 400-yard IM. Arnott and Kaitlyn McKenna, who each qualified for the A final finished the event with personal best times. Arnott was able to break her own school record in the event, touching the wall at 4:25.29, good for sixth-place, while McKenna finished in eighth at a time of 4:30.36.
Jocelyn Yuen picked up her second school record of these championships with her 55.46 swim in the 100-yard butterfly. She finished just off the podium in fourth-place. Cassie Sosnovich was also able to score points for the Minutewomen in the 100 fly, finishing in eighth at a time of 56.52.
The highest scoring event in the pool for UMass came in the 200-yard freestyle. Zoe Judd, Anna Cavanaugh, Amina Meho all qualified for the A final, while Molly Smyth qualified for the B final. Judd took the bronze medal in the event with a school record time of 1:49.54. Cavanaugh took fourth with a personal-best time of 1:50.33, Meho took sixth at 1:51.15. Smyth finished the B final in sixth (14th overall) with a time of 1:53.02. Natalya Ares of Richmond took the gold with a conference record time of 1:48.22.
Arnott picked up the bronze medal in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing with a time of 1:03.44, .03 off her record setting time in prelims.
Rebecca Quirie and Carly Biron were each able to score for UMass in the 100-yard backstroke in their first ever A-10 Championships. Quirie took seventh with a time of 56.85, while Biron finished 15th with a time of 58.82.
The Minutewomen divers were once again able to sweep the podium and were once again led by Michaela Butler. On the three-meter springboard UMass was able to take the top-five spots, Butler took the gold, finishing with a score of 314.95. Molly Elkins finished second for the silver medal with a personal best score of 266.85, and Rachel Dushman received her first ever medal with the bronze at a score of 248.40. Rounding out the final three for UMass was Mary Atkinson in fourth (240.10), Rhiannon Froman in fifth (238.75) and Mikhaila Eckhardt in eighth (193.15). With her wins in both the one-meter and three-meter events Butler has now qualified to participate in the NCAA Zone A Regionals.
UMass concluded the day on a high note with a school record performance in the 400-yard medley relay. The team of Quirie, Arnott, Yuen and Meho finished with a time of 3:45.89 and in third-place, picking up the bronze medal. Quirie opened the relay with a split time in the 100 back with a time of 56.58, also a school record.
With one day of competition remaining the Minutewomen will look forward to the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 1650 free and 400 free relay. The prelims will once again begin at 10:30 a.m., the 1650 free will begin at 3:00 p.m. and the remaining finals will get underway at 6:30 p.m.