Swimming And Diving Head To URI For First Competition Of 2013
Jan. 10, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - The men's and women's swimming and diving teams will be in action again for the first time in over a month. They are fresh off their annual winter training trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Both teams will travel to Kingston, R.I. for the Rhode Island Invitational on January 11 and 12 to take on conference foes URI, La Salle and George Washington. This will be the first time this season either team has taken on any team from the Atlantic 10.
Last year at the Rhode Island Invitational the Minutemen emerged victorious amassing 642 total points, ahead of George Washington (464), La Salle (392) and Rhode Island (105). The men won 10 of 19 events, including all four relays. Eric Zeimetz led the charge for the Minutemen, winning two individual events to go along with one relay.
As a junior, Zeimetz was able to sweep the 100- and 200-yard butterfly events. He finished with times of 52.38 and 1:56.73, respectively. He also captured first as a member of the 200-yard freestyle relay team with John Conway, Colin Mulcahy and Peter Sacco. The group finished the event with a time of 1:25.89.
This season, freshmen distance swimmers, Alessandro Bomprezzi and Kyle Vieira will need to replace the likes of Joey Sbordon, who last year took second in the 500-yard freestyle and third in the 1000-yard freestyle.
Alexander Merkulov is the lone returner from last year's diving crew. He was able to take first-place in the one-meter dive with a score of 282.95, and finished second behind UMass' Jason Cook in the three-meter dive with a score of 285.05.
On the women's side, UMass will look to overtake La Salle this year, as they finished second behind the Explorers last season. La Salle finished the meet with 516 points, while the Minutewomen finished with 454. They finished ahead of Rhode Island (409) and George Washington (314).
Judd was able to finish with two individual victories to go along with a win as a member of the 400-yard freestyle relay team with Amina Meho, Molly Smyth and Anna Cavanaugh. The team finished with a time of 3:36.31. Judd's two individual wins came in the 100- and 200-yard freestyles, with times of 52.82 and 1:54.11, respectively.
Butler will be looking to defend the one- and three-meter boards this season, as she swept them last year with scores of 254.40 in the one-meter and 276.20 in the three-meter.
Following the Rhode Island Invitational it will be back to Joseph Rogers Pool for Senior Day and the final home meet of the 2012-13 season. UMass will play host to Bryant University on Saturday January 19 starting at 1 p.m. Both teams will honor their seniors prior to the meet.