Swimming And Diving Set To Open Season Saturday
Oct. 12, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass men's and women's swimming and diving teams kick off their 2012-13 campaigns, Saturday at 1 p.m., when they travel to Boston University to take on the Terriers. The Minutemen are coming off winning their sixth-straight Atlantic 10 Conference Championship, while the Minutewomen look to improve on last season's fourth-place finish and get back on the podium.
On Saturday, head coach Russ Yarworth's Minutemen will not only be looking to improve upon their 32-6-1 all-time record against the Terriers, they will also be starting the quest for their fifteenth conference championship.
The men's captains this season are seniors Beau Garufi, Tim O'Neill and junior Chris Inglis. Garufi and O'Neill, both whom are consistent scorers at A-10's, will look to continue to build team chemistry to get their team back to the promised land and win an A-10 title. Inglis has been dominant in his previous two years on the squad. So far, he has pulled in nine total medals, including three gold at last years championship.
This year's squad, though talented is going to have their work cut out for them this fall according to Yarworth.
"We probably have the toughest schedule we've ever faced," he says, "the fall semester is going to be a real challenge, but my goal was to get competition for the kids so that their racing skills are developed. Our goal is to peak at Atlantic 10's."
The Minutewomen finished fourth last year at A-10s, and currently hold an all-time record of 11-14-1 against BU. The women have a lot of depth in each lane this season, led by the underclassmen.
Sophomore Zoe Judd, who had led the Minutewomen all season during her freshman campaign, hit the podium three times, all three times receiving bronze in her first conference championship.
Judd was joined on the podium by classmates, Molly Smyth and Katie Arnott. Smyth grabbed two bronze medals in the 800- and 400-yard freestyle relay, while Arnott took home the bronze in the 100-yard breaststroke and finished just outside the medals in the 200-yard breaststroke with a fourth place finish.
Seniors Michaela Butler and Molly Elkins will look to remain the top diving duo in the Atlantic 10 after coming in both first and second place, respectively, in both the one- and three-meter diving events.
The each diver has been named the Atlantic 10 Diver of the Year, Butler last year and Elkins following the 2011 A-10 Championship.
"We set a lot of goals in the beginning of the year, from an academic and social standpoint to definitely our goals in the pool," women's head coach Bob Newcomb said. "It all comes down to us with at least a third place finish at the end of the year."