Women's Swimming Finishes Second At Atlantic 10 Championships
Feb. 24, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass women's swimming and diving team claimed second-place in the Atlantic 10 Conference, Saturday evening, for the first time since 2007. This marks the programs third time finishing higher than third-place since joining the league in 1994. UMass finished behind now 11-time A-10 Champion Richmond. The Spiders finished with 737 points, while the Minutewomen tallied a total of 594. Rounding out the rest of the pack was Fordham (473), La Salle (442), George Washington (285), Rhode Island (269.5), Duquesne (243.5), St. Bonaventure (215), Saint Louis (185), Xavier (165) and Butler (68).
Both Michaela Butler and Diving Coach Mandy Hixon were recognized by the conference for their efforts during the 2013 A-10 Champships. Butler was named Diver of the Year for the second-straight year, while Hixon was named Diving Coach of the Year for the sixth-straight year. Butler ended the 2013 Championships with two gold medals in both the one- and three-meter springboard events. Hixon receives her honor after qualifying all six of her divers in each event and sweeping the podium in both the one- and three-meter events.
In the final day of action the Minutewomen set a three school records and reached the podium twice. That brings their four-day total to 11 school records and 13 medals over the course of the championship.
Day four started off with the 1650-yard freestyle. Molly Smyth was able to take eighth-place in the event, touching the wall at a time of 17:03.42. Katherine Orr finished at a time of 17:14.22 for 11th place.
Rebecca Quirie was the lone qualifier for the Minutewomen in the 200-yard backstroke. She finished the event with a time of 2:04.23, good for 12th in the event.
UMass was able to push three swimmers into the finals heat of the 100-yard freestyle, during the morning prelims. During the nightcap Amina Meho finished just off the podim in fourth-place, recording a time of 50.85. Anna Cavanaugh came in behind her in sixth-place at a personal-best time of 51.56. Zoe Judd rounded out the group for the Minutewomen with a seventh-place finish and a time of 51.60.
Katie Arnott had the most impressive performance of the night for UMass in the 200-yard breaststroke. She was able to take the silver medal in the event, clocking in at 2:14.89, smashing her previous record of 2:20.11 and qualifying under the NCAA B standard times.
Jocelyn Yuen, who qualified for the 200-yard butterfly with a school record time of 2:02.46 in the morning session, took sixth in the finals, touching the wall at a time of 2:02.85.
The Minutewomen closed out the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championships in impressive fashion, with a silver medal finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The team of Zoe Judd, Cassie Sosnovich, Anna Cavanaugh and Amina Meho finished with a school record time of 3:23.19, knocking off the old time of 3:28.20, set during the 2011 A-10 Championships.