December 7, 2013

Corsairs Place 3rd At Little East Championships

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth placed third in the eight-team 2013 Little East Women's Swimming & Diving Championship field this afternoon at the Tripp Center Natatorium.

For the second straight season, Keene State College shattered the conference championship record for team points with a score of 668 to capture the program's eighth consecutive and 11th overall title. The Owls won 11 individual races, while sweeping both team relays.

Eastern Connecticut State University surpassed the 300-point barrier for the second straight season to place second with 304 total points. The Corsairs accumulated 151 points to finish ahead of Westfield State University (128) and Bridgewater State University (127). Western Connecticut State University (106), Plymouth State University (98) and Rhode Island College (32) completed the order of finish in the team standings, respectively.

Senior Katelyn Kidney (Lynn, Mass.) led UMass Dartmouth with three top-five finishes. The senior from Lynn, Mass. placed second to earn All-Little East honors in the 200-yard butterfly (2:14.29) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:26.91). She also turned in a fourth place performance in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of two minutes, 01.45 seconds.

Freshman Kaya Flanagan (Fairhaven, Mass.) scored in three individual events for the Corsairs to produce 15 points. She was the eighth swimmer to touch the wall in the 100-yard backstroke (1:04.55), 200-yard backstroke (2:19.37), and the 200-yard individual medley. Classmate Yulyssa Diaz (Dorchester, Mass.) also made an immediate impact for UMD, placing seventh in the 1,650-yard freestyle (20:25.25) and 12th in the 100-yard freestyle (1:02.01).

Junior Alyssa McCarville (Stoneham, Mass.) and sophomore Astrid Gonzalez (Roxbury, Mass.) contributed for the Corsairs in the 200-yard butterfly, placing ninth (2:45.98) and 12th (3:19.60), respectively.

Inside the diving well, freshman Kendra Hebert (Lowell, Mass.) recorded a pair of third-place finishes. She registered 188.65 points on the 1-meter board, while posting 179.25 on the higher platform.

Fans unable to make the trip to the Tripp Center Natatorium, can watch the archived broadcast of the 2013 Little East Women's Swimming & Diving Championship on LittleEast.tv.