Swimming & Diving Teams Compete At Nutmeg Invitational
Dec. 5, 2004
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Senior Dylan Smith (Timonium, Md.) won both the 100-yard and 200-yard butterfly events and the University of Massachusetts men's 200-yard freestyle, 400-yard freestyle, and 200-yard medley relay teams earned victories as the Minutemen competed at the Nutmeg Invitational hosted by Yale University. The women's swim team set season-best times in nine events led by junior Kelly Hoffrage (St. Charles, Ill.) who had three top-10 finishes and competed in all five relay events.
The Nutmeg invitational featured 10 schools competing in the two day event including Massachusetts (Atlantic 10), Syracuse (Big East), Boston College (ACC), Fairfield (MAAC) and Williams College (NESCAC).
Smith captured his second 100-yard butterfly victory of the year with his season-best time of 51.39 seconds. He captured his second win of the season in the 200-yard butterfly as well swimming a 1:54.63 in the event.
Sophomore Greg Chartier (Amherst, Mass.) finished second in the 100-yard butterfly (51.56) and freshman Brian Porter (Holliston, Mass.) took third in the 200-yard butterfly as UMass took the top spots in the events. Chartier also finished second in the 200-yard freestyle with his season-best time of 1:43.35, fifth in the 200-yard IM (1:56.67), and sixth (1:56.82) in the 200-yard butterfly.
Senior Justin Zeimetz (Rochester, N.H.) was the only other individual winner for the Minutemen. Zeimetz won the 50-yard freestyle in 21.54 seconds for his fourth win in the event this season. He also finished second in the 100-yard freestyle (47.12) and fifth in the 100-yard backstroke.
Zeimetz teamed up with senior Ryan Mathews (Rumson, N.J.), sophomore Gordon Leonard (Cinnaminson, N.J.), and Chartier to win the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:25.46). Leonard, Mathews and Zeimetz also teamed up with senior Owen Scollan (Lowell, Mass.) to win the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:09.12).
Sophomore Evan Swisher (North Bennington, Vt.) and senior Matt Woodward (Waterbury, Maine) joined Chartier and Zeimetz as the quartet picked up the third relay win of the weekend in the 200-yard medley relay (1:35.19).
In women's action, Hoffrage posted three top-10 finishes to lead the Minutewomen as she took fifth-place in the 100-yard freestyle (54.25), fifth-place in the 200-yard freestyle (1:56.71), and 10th-place in the 200-yard individual medley (2:12.89). She also swam on all five relay teams anchoring the 200-yard and 400-yard teams to season-best performances as well as helping the 800-yard team to its best time of the year.
Junior Aimee Bourassa (Ottawa, Ontario) and senior Jay Yankowski (Turners Falls, Mass.) led the distance freestyle swimmers posting the top times in both events for the season. Bourassa captured fifth-place in the 500-yard freestyle (5:07.14), while Yankowski finished eighth in the 1,650-yard freestyle (18:36.29).
Senior Lynette Sweeney (Plymouth, Mass.), freshman Samantha Demty (Seekonk, Mass.) and and sophomore Vanessa Fleguel (Stittsville, Ontario) also recorded top-times for the season. Sweeney finished eighth in the 400-yard individual medley (4:41.98), while Demty swam a 2:09.93 in the 200-yard fly for a fourth-place finish and Fleguel's performance of 2:10.64, good for fifth-place, gave the trio the best marks on the team in their respective events.
Sophomore Nicole LeBarge (Lee, N.H.), Sweeney, freshman Allison Volpe (Pottstown, Pa.) and Hoffrage nearly broke the school record in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:37.83), but fell .82 seconds short of the mark.
Both teams are finished with competition until January 8 when UMass heads to San Juan, Puerto Rico to take part in the Sacred Heart Invitational.