UMass Heads To A-10 Championships Looking To Improve On Last Year's Runner-Up Finish
Feb. 18, 2014
A year ago the Massachusetts women's swimming & diving team returned to the podium at the Atlantic 10 Championships, notching a second place finish.
They are looking for more this year when the 2014 championship gets underway on Wednesday afternoon at the Spire Center in Geneva, Ohio. The four-day event runs through Saturday and will feature 20 men's and 20 women's events with prelims starting at 10:30 Thursday through Saturday and championship finals at 6:30 each night.
The Minutewomen have consistently been one of the best teams in the A-10. Since their last conference title in 2001, UMass has reached the podium five times, all of which in the past eight years under head coach Bob Newcomb - who is in his 30th season.
This 2013-14 team will look to replicate the fast showing of last year's team, which set 21 of 23 school records.
The Minutewomen - which have 24 returnees - will again be led by the divering contingent, as they have won nine of the last 11 one-meter championships and five of the last eight three-meter crowns. Senior all-American Michaela Butler has continued her dominance in 2014, completing her third-consecutive perfect regular-season. She is the reigning league A-10 Diver of the Year and is looking to become just the third 3-time winner of the award in A-10 history.
In the water, junior Zoe Judd enters the meet with the fastest seed time in the 50, 100 and 200 free races - all events she scored in a year ago - and the second fastest in the 100 back.
Freshman Meriza Werenski has top-five times in the 100 breast, 200 breast, 200 IM and 400 IM, while junior Katie Arnott is a returning point scorer in the 100 breast and potential finalist in the same group of events as Werenski.
Sophomore Jocelyn Yuen has top-eight psych times in both butterfly races. She finished sixth and fourth in the two events as a freshman last year.