Swimming and Diving Travel to Army Saturday
Oct. 23, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass men's and women's swimming and diving teams travel to West Point Saturday afternoon for a matchup with the Black Knights of Army. UMass split a dual meet against Boston University in their season-opener last Saturday, with the men taking a dramatic, 153-147, victory, while the women fell 175-118.
Both teams had solid individual performances both in the pool and on the diving board. On the women's side, freshman Amina Meho notched her first career collegiate victory, taking first-place in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 53.31. Meho also had a fourth-place finish in the 50 freestyle (24.85) and helped the 200 freestyle relay team to a second-place finish with a time of 1:39.14.
Coming off an injury last year, Rachel Borden impressed in her first meet with the Minutewomen, grabbing second-place in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:07.84) and fourth-place in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:28.95).
Hannah Swift led a young women's diving team with a pair of second-place finishes in the one and three-meter competitions, registering scores of 213.52 and 220.87 respectively. Molly Elkins also had a strong day on the diving board, taking third-place in the one-meter with a score of 213.37.
The Minutewomen took down the Black Knights last season, winning the dual meet by a score of 187-94. Elizabeth Walsh had two first place finishes in that meet, while Chelsea Downing took first-place in the 1000 freestyle and second in the 500 freestyle in her first career meet.
The men are coming off an emotional victory against BU, winning the meet in the final event. Trailing by three points going into the last event, the 200 freestyle relay team of Chris Howard, Trevor Ziegler, Pete Sacco and Juan Moliere edged out BU by .12 seconds with a time of 1:24.01. Moliere, who swam the anchor leg of the relay, also had two other first-place finishes in the 50 and 100 freestyle events.
Joey Sbordon also came up big for the Minutemen with three first-place finishes of his own. The sophomore had victories in the 1000 freestyle (9:49.41), 500 freestyle (4:47.96) and 200 freestyle (1:42.94).
On the diving board, defending Atlantic-10 Champion Jason Cook led the UMass charge. Cook, who was an NCAA qualifier last year, won the one-meter competition with a score of 295.12 while taking second in the three-meter (314.25).
The Minutemen also beat Army last season, beating the Black Knights by a score of 174-126. The men won 12 of the 16 total events, with Sbordon winning leading the way with three individual wins. Moliere had two of his own in the meet, while Mike Berthaume had wins in the 100 and 200 fly.
Both teams return home next Saturday for a Halloween meet with Stony Brook at 1 p.m.
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