February 16, 2014

Kidney Helps Corsairs Place 9th At NEISDA Championships

SOUTH KINGSTON, R.I. -- Senior Katelyn Kidney (Lynn, Mass.) won the 200 butterfly race to power the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's team to a tie for ninth place at the 2014 New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Championship this evening at the Tootell Aquatic Center on the campus of University of Rhode Island.

Keene State College captured the women's team championship with 1,664 total points, outdistancing themselves from runner up Roger Williams University (1,130).  Simmons College was third (908) ahead of Saint Michael's College (888) and Eastern Connecticut State University (885).  The Corsairs moved up two spots on the final day to finish tied with Bridgewater State University with 441 points.

Kidney highlighted UMass Dartmouth's final night of competition with her victory in the 200 butterfly, touching the wall at two minutes, 12.10 seconds. She was able to hold off Keene State's Amber Long (2:12.43) for the top spot on the podium and 32 team points for the Corsairs.  Kidney was seeded third in the finals after turning in a time of 2:14.73 in the preliminary heat earlier in the morning.

Freshman Kendra Hebert (Lowell, Mass.) earned a pair of All-NEISDA honors in the diving well.  She posted a score of 335.25 points on the three-meter board to finish third overall, while placing fourth on the lower plank with 330.20 points.  Junior Brooke Garvey (North Billerica, Mass.) was sixth on the one-meter board with 325.45 points.

The UMass Dartmouth 400 freestyle relay team placed ninth overall with a combined time of three minutes, 54.77 seconds.  

UMass Dartmouth will return to action on February, 28, when the Corsairs travel to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships at the US Naval Academy.