Women's Swimming

Swimming & Diving Take On A-10 Rival Fordham On Senior Day

Amherst native, Jason Cook, is one of eight seniors to compete in their final home meet of their career Saturday.

Amherst native, Jason Cook, is one of eight seniors to compete in their final home meet of their career Saturday.

Feb. 2, 2012

AMHERST, Mass. - Coming off two second-place finishes at the Dartmouth Invitational last weekend, the men's and women's swimming and diving teams are back at Joseph Rogers Pool for the first time since December as they take on A-10 rival Fordham, Saturday at 1 pm.

The meet is going to be aired on CBS 3 Now (Comcast 293 in Western Mass.) and UMass All-Access.

Just prior to the start of the meet the seniors from both squads will be honored. The men will be sending off three seniors: Jason Cook, Kyle Jennings and Joey Sbordon. The women's team is made up of five seniors: Sarah Arnott, Chelsea Downing, Molly Papish, Dorothy Polatin and Liz Sullivan.

This is the final meet for both teams before they start preparing for the Atlantic 10 Championships.

Last Time Against Fordham
Last season in the final meet of the season the Minutemen and Minutewomen split against the Rams. The Minutemen came out victorious, winning 171-127, while the women fell, 183-111.

The men started the day strong with a win in the 200-yard medley relay by Trevor Ziegler, Peter Sacco, Christopher Howard and Timmy O'Neill with a time of 1:34.63. Howard continued to have a good day in the pool winning both the 50 and 100-yard freestyles touching the wall with times of 21.33 and 46.96, respectively. He also assisted the 200-yard freestyle relay team to a second place finish (1:26.90).



Beau Garufii was able to take first in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:10.48) and second in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:00.74). Chris Inglis took first in the both the 200-yard butterfly (1:55.95) and the 200-yard IM (1:59.49). He also finished second in the 100-yard butterfly touching at 51.43.

In diving, Adam Duffield put together a career day winning both the one and three-meter dives, setting new personal records in the process. He won the one-meter with a score of 290.10 and the three-meter with a score of 307.80. John Clark was able to take second in both the one and three-meter with scores of 271.40 and 293.33, respectively.

The Minutewomen put up a fight against a tough Fordham squad. Jessica Starosielec along with Jenn Corriveau, Kaitie English and Amina Meho took second in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:50.37, to start the day. Starosielec would go on to win to later win the 100-yard breaststroke touching the wall with a time of 1:08.05, and finish second in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:25.30).

Fellow senior Meghan Nowak finished right behind Starosielec in both the 100 and 200-yard breaststrokes. She placed third in the 200 breast with a time of 2:25.48 and second in the 100 breast with a time of 1:09.03. Anna Cavanaugh also had a successful day in the pool taking second in the 200-yard freestyle (1:55.40), third in the 100-yard freestyle (54.39) and fourth in the 100-yard butterfly (1:02.45).

On the diving board, Molly Elkins finished second in the one-meter dive with a score of 226.65 and third in the three-meter registering a score of 236.85.

Next Time Out
The next time both teams are in competition it will be from Buffalo, N.Y. at the Atlantic 10 Championships. The men will be going for their sixth straight conference championship while the women will be looking to improve upon last seasons third place finish.

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