Swimming And Diving Welcomes Binghamton Saturday
Nov. 5, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass men's and women's swimming and diving teams welcome the Bearcats of Binghamton University to the Joseph R. Rogers Pool on Saturday afternoon for a non-conference dual-meet starting at 1 p.m. The two teams are coming off a sweep against Stony Brook last Saturday, as the Minutemen took down the Seawolves 193-101, while the Minutewomen won 180-115. Both teams improved to 2-1 in dual-meets on the season. The meet will be the final home meet for UMass until Jan. 30 when they host Fordham.
The Minutewomen have been led by a pair of freshman so far this season in Amina Meho and Julie Magyar. Meho has been the top performer in the sprint events, notching top-times in both the 50 freestyle (24.34) and 100 freestyle (53.31) for the team this season. The Braintree, Mass. has also been a member of three of the top relay teams, helping the 200 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle relay, and 200 medley relay teams to season-best times. Meho came up big against Stony Brook, recording victories in the 50 and 100 freestyle, while also helping the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay teams to wins.
Magyar has proven to be one of the top distance swimmers for the Minutewomen, recording UMass top-times in the 500 freestyle (5:11.64) and 1000 freestyle (10:38.72) on the year. The Attleboro, Mass. native picked up two more individual victories on against the Seawolves, winning the 1000 freestyle and 400 individual medley to help lead the Minutewomen to a victory.
Hannah Swift also had another strong day on the diving board, notching a career-best score of 236.39 in the one-meter dive to take first-place, while also winning the three-meter dive. Freshman Michaela Butler took second-place in the one-meter in her first collegiate meet, recording a score of 184.42.
The Binghamton women's team is 1-1 on the year, coming off a tri-meet with Boston University and Vermont. The Bearcats beat Vermont, 124-118, but fell to BU, 138-99. Binghamton had first-place finishes from Tin Wai Siu in the200 fly (2:05.96) and Melissa Lindahl in the 200 back (2:10.14). The two teams met in a dual-meet last year, with UMass taking a 195-105 victory over the Bearcats. Kayla Tegeler and Elizabeth Walsh paced the Minutewomen to the win with two individual wins apiece.
The men's side has been led by sophomore Joey Sbordon and senior Juan Moliere. Sbordon has registered top-times for the Minutemen in four different events including the 200 freestyle (1:42.94), 500 freestyle (4:41.59), 1000 freestyle (9:46.39) and the 400 individual medley (4:13.47). Sbordon recorded a win in the 400 individual medley against Stony Brook on Saturday in his first time swimming the event this year. Moliere has been the team's top sprinter, with top-times in the 50 freestyle (21.32) and the 100 freestyle (46.85). Moliere tried his hand in the 200 freestyle against the Seawolves, winning the even with a time of 1:45.55.
Freshman Beau Garufi led the Minutemen charge against Stony Brook on Saturday, claiming his first two collegiate wins in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.88) and 200 breaststroke (2:16.53). The team also showed its versatility during the meet, as Trevor Ziegler won the 50 free in his first try in the event this year (21.31) while freshman Jorge Fortin had second-place finishes in both the 100 backstroke (52.65) and the 500 freestyle (4:53.97).
Jason Cook continued to look good on the diving board, winning both the one and three-meter against Stony Brook. Cook has claimed five first-place finishes so far this season, including top-scores of 344.18 in the three-meter and 310.95 in the one-meter coming against Army. John Clark showed improvement on the board as well against Stony Brook, finishing second in both diving events with scores of 264.21 in the one-meter and 308.18 in the three-meter.
The Minutemen won the meeting between the two teams last year, 162-138. Joey Sbordon had two first-place finishes in the meet with wins in the 1000 and 500 freestyle, while Cook won both diving events. The Bearcats are coming off a loss to BU in their first dual-meet of the year, 135-106. Sophomore diver Nick Turner leads the way for Binghamton, winning both diving events against the Terriers while garnering America East Diver of the Week honors.
This will be the final home meet until Jan. 31 when UMass welcomes Fordham. The Minutemen and Minutewomen will next be in action at the Terrier Invitational hosted by Boston University on November 20.
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