UMass Takes Down Boston University, 155-145
Oct. 13, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. -- The Massachusetts women's swimming and diving team got strong performances from it's experienced diving group and took first place in 10 of 16 overall events to defeat Boston University 155-145 in the season-opener at the Joseph R. Rogers, Jr. Pool Saturday.
The win was the Minutewomen's first over the Terriers in a dual setting since the 2005-06 season, snapping a seven-meet skid.
Senior all-American Michaela Butler won both the one- and three-meter boards in record fashion to start things off and help UMass jump out to a 29-9 lead following the diving competition. Her score of 339.23 in the 3-meter broke her own pool record, while she followed with a 336.23 in the 1-meter to lay claim to the school and pool benchmarks. Rhiannon Froman was second on the 1-meter and Rachel Dushman was third on both boards.
Freshman Meriza Werenski scored 22 individual points on the day (24 total), posting a pool record in the 200 individual medley in 2:06.79. That added a second gold to the South Hadley, Mass. native's haul after she opened the swimming portion of the meet in back-to-back events, swimming breaststroke in the 200 medley relay before securing first in the 1000 freestyle in 10:16.44 - less than 10 minutes after her relay swim.
"It was right at what I was looking for," UMass women's head coach Bob Newcomb said of the high school all-American's first college meet. "She has helped others raise their game thus far and she's one of the parts that is clicking well. It's a very exciting group and for a freshman to come in and do that, it's a good thing."
Junior Zoe Judd was the high-point scorer of the meet with 33 combined over a relay and three solo races, as she anchored the 200 medley relay to gold and was second in the 200 free, before securing first in the 50 and 100 free events - giving her 22 without the 11 relay points.
Junior Katie Arnott won both breaststroke races in comfortable fashion, with times of 1:06.40 in the 100 and 2:24.92 in the 200. She aided to the 200 medley relay title as her time on the breaststroke leg of 30.53 was her fastest 50-split of the day.
Sophomore Jocelyn Yuen also claimed first in the 100 fly with a time of 57.44.
"It was an all-around effort, so those things are fun to see, especially in October," Newcomb added.
UMass will compete at Army next Saturday, Oct. 19. The meet is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m.
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