Women's Swimming

UMass Heads To A-10 Championships Looking To Improve On Last Year's Runner-Up Finish

Feb. 18, 2014

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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.

Sophomore Rebecca Quirie and freshman Jenna Diamond also provide depth in the 100 back and have top eight seed times in the 200 back. Quirie took seventh in her rookie campaign in 2013.

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