February 1, 2014

Mens and Women's Swimming and Diving Honor Seniors

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's and women's swimming and diving teams paid tribute to their six senior student-athletes prior to the dual-meet with Colby-Sawyer College this afternoon at the Natatorium.

Liliana Eaves (East Providence, R.I.), Kerryn Kane (Arlington, Mass.), Katelyn Kidney (Lynn, Mass.), Christian Francia (Hampton, N.H.), Julian Jimininian (Springfield, Mass.) and Conor Szarek (Leominster, Mass.) all competed in their last collegiate career meet at UMass Dartmouth.

The men's team defeated the Chargers, 164-135, while the women fell by a score of 172-123.

For the Corsairs, sophomore Bryan Baranick (Assonet, Mass.) took home three first place finishes. Baranick touched the wall first in the 1,000 yard freestyle (10:50.60), 200 yard individual medley (2:10.83) and the 100 yard butterfly (57.29).  

Robert Muir (Sagamore Beach, Mass.), Phil Lowney (Mattapoisett, Mass.), Michael Gryss (New Bedford, Mass.) and Grayham Ronan (Millis, Mass.) finished the 200 yard relay event with a first place time of 1:46.66. Gryss earned first in the 50 yard butterfly with a time of 26.22 and placed directly behind Baranick in the 100 yard butterfly event. 

Lowney won the 200 yard breaststroke with a time of 2:27.68, while Ronan took the top spot in the 200 yard freestyle (1:55.58). Muir finished with a time of 27.52 to defeat the field in the 50 yard backstroke. 

Divers Francia and Szarek shined on Senior Day as they took one-two in both the one meter and three meter diving events. 

On the women's side, Kidney won both distance freestyle events. In the 500 yard freestyle the senior finished with a first place time of 5:40.34 and in the 1000 yard freestyle event her and Yulyssa Diaz (Dorchester, Mass.) took the top two spots. 

Freshman Kayla Flanagan (Fairhaven, Mass.) dominated her opponents in the backstroke events. Flanagan earned top honor in the 50 yard backstroke (30.09) and the 200 yard backstroke (2:19.53).   

UMass Dartmouth will return to the pool on Friday, Feb. 14 when the Corsairs compete in the Div.II/III New England Championships at the University of Rhode Island.