Women's Swimming

Swim Teams Prepare For Terrier Invitational; Diving Heads To Harvard

Head Coach Bob Newcomb

Head Coach Bob Newcomb

Nov. 19, 2009

AMHERST, Mass. - After a week off, the UMass men's and women's swim teams return to the pool this weekend as they travel to Boston for the Terrier Invitational. The Invitational will be hosted by Boston University at the Competition Pool beginning on Friday and running through Sunday. The men's team will compete against four other teams including BU, Boston College, Yale and Maine, while the women's team will compete against seven other teams including BU, Boston College, New Hampshire, Yale, Central Connecticut, Northeastern and Maine.

Meanwhile, the men's and women's diving teams will head to Harvard for the Harvard for the Harvard Diving Invitational beginning on Friday and ending Sunday. UMass will take on eight other teams including Rutgers, Columbia, Boston College, Boston University, Central Connecticut State, New Hampshire, Northeastern and Yale.

Last Year at the Terrier Invitational
The men's team recorded their fourth overall win last year at the Terrier Invitational, finishing in first-place with 1,079 points, while the women took third-place with 617.5 points. Sophomore Joey Sbordon had three individual wins to help carry the men's team to the first-place finish, including victories in the 1650 freestyle (15:56.62) as well as .... Max Butler also had a victory, winning the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:50.95.

For the women, Elizabeth Walsh was a big contributor scoring points in both the 200 back (2:07.33) and 100 free (52.72) with fifth and sixth place finishes respectively. Chelsea Downing and Jessica Starosielec also had top-10 finishes, as Downing finished sixth in the 1650 free (17:13.45) and Starosielec finished fourth in the 200 breaststroke (2:23.90)The team had one individual victory over the weekend from Christa Narus in the 200 fly (2:03.40), who has since graduated.



Young Minutewomen Leading the Way
A pair of freshman in Amina Meho and Julie Magyar have made a big splash for the Minutewomen this year. Meho has been the best sprinter for the squad this year, registering four first-place finishes while holding team-best times in both the 100 and 50 freestyle events.

Magyar has done her damage in the distance events. The Attleboro, Mass. native also has four first-place finishes while notching team-best times in the 1000 and 500 freestyle.

Last Time Out
Both the men and women grabbed wins over Binghamton in their last meet on Nov. 8 at the Joseph R. Rogers Pool. The Minutemen improved to 3-1 in dual meets with a 171-107 victory, while the Minutewomen also moved to 3-1 with a 182-107 win. Leading the way for the men was the trio of Juan Moliere, Joey Sbordon and Jason Cook. Moliere swept the sprints for the Minutemen, winning the 50 free (20.75) and the 100 free (46.91). The senior from San Juan, Puerto Rico also anchored two UMass relay teams that posted top times, the 200 medley relay (1:35.05) with a free leg of 20.46 and the 200 free relay (1:24.03) with a blistering 19.97 closing 50.

While Moliere dominated the sprints, Sbordon cleaned up in the other freestyle events, winning the 200 free (1:42.67), 500 free (4:48.08), and 1000 free (9:53.81). In diving, Cook won the one meter, posting a top score of 321.82, while winning the three-meter with a score of 337.05.

On the women's side, the breaststroke events continued to be the team's strength. In the 100, Jessica Starosielec won in a time of 1:08.00, while Rachel Borden (1:08.13) finished second and Meghan Nowak (1:09.64) fourth. In the 200, Starosielec and Borden finished in a dead heat of 2:27.62 for the win. Nowak claimed third with a time of 2:30.24.

Hannah Swift swept the diving events, winning the one meter with a score of 228.15 and the three meter with 218.92. Coach Mandy Hixon's divers took the top three spots in the one meter event with Michaela Butler (202.80) finishing second and Megan Whiteford (184.20) third.

Next Up
The diving teams will take part in the Bucknell Diving Invitational Dec. 4-6, while the swim teams will travel to Yale Dec. 5.


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