NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The women's swimming squad came out victorious in their tri-meet with Norwich University and Franklin Pierce, while the men's swimming and diving teams fell just short to the hosts, as the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth placed second overall in the Goodyear Pool on Saturday afternoon.
Combined - Norwich 202, UMass Dartmouth 192, Franklin Pierce 50
Women – UMass Dartmouth 97, Norwich 68, Franklin Pierce 50
Men – Norwich University 134, UMass Dartmouth 95
The quarter of sophomores Molly Harrington (Tewksbury, Mass.), Sarah Murphy (Braintree, Mass.), Abigail Wilson (Newburyport, Mass.), and senior Chrissy Deveaux (North Andover, Mass.) got the Corsairs out on the right foot to start the afternoon, finishing first in the 400-yard medley relay with a time just over four-and-a-half minutes. Deveaux and sophomore Kayla Lovy (Londonderry, N.H.) finished first and second, respectively, of the four swimmers to compete in the 1000-yard freestyle, contributing 13 more points to the women's total. Freshman Tara Clark (Southgate, Mich.) was just edged out by Franklin Pierce freshman Mary Messina (Rindge, N.H.) in the 200-yard freestyle, as the first-year Corsair came in just two seconds after the fellow visitor.
Murphy finished first in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:25, and then went on to also win the 500-yard freestyle by nearly eight seconds. Harrington chipped in another nine points with her sub-minute performance in the 100-yard freestyle, claiming the only time under sixty seconds.
Freshman Nathan Jope (East Freetown, Mass.) won by nearly thirty seconds in the 1000-yard freestyle, touching the wall in just over 11 minutes total. Classmate Justin Chung (Roslindale, Mass.) placed first in the 200-yard individual medley, good for another nine points. He notched his second win of the afternoon in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:03, claiming first in the 24th event. Senior Devin Farnsworth (Leominster, Mass.) placed runner-up in the 50-yard freestyle, going for a time of 23.51 seconds.
Freshmen divers took first and second place in the one-meter diving event, with Jose Guerrero (New Bedford, Mass.) and Dodhy Saint-Amand (Brockton, Mass.) combining for 13 points towards the men's total.
The swimming and diving squads will return home to host the Little East Conference Championship at the Tripp Athletic Center on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 11 a.m.