DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's swimming and diving team placed third in the 2014 Little East Conference Championships on Saturday afternoon at the UMass Dartmouth Natatorium.
The Corsairs generated 207 points and finished between Eastern Connecticut State (328.5) and Westfield State (132) within the team standings. Keene State captured its ninth consecutive conference championship, compiling a LEC Championship record 668.5 points, amassing the previous mark by half a point, which Keene State set last year. The Owls won all 14 swimming events, accumulated seven second place finishes and added nine third place finishes in the win.
Freshman Chrissy Deveaux (North Andover, Mass.) paced UMass Dartmouth with a pair of top three finishes. The North Andover, Mass. native produced a third place finish in the 100 yard breaststroke, covering the distance in one minute, 13 seconds and in the 400 yard individual medley, she finished with a time of four minutes, 56 seconds for the runner-up position.
Sophomore Kaya Flanagan (Fairhaven, Mass.) edged out Eastern Connecticut's Natalie Stepniewski by less than a second to earn 13 points for the Corsairs in the 200 yard backstroke. The 400 yard freestyle relay team comprised of freshman Jenna Leanues (Lakeville, Mass.), junior Cori Spagna (Raynham, Mass.), sophomore Yulyssa Diaz (Dorchester, Mass.), and Flanagan generated a third place time of four minutes-even.
In the diving portion of the Championships, sophomore Kendra Hebert (Lowell, Mass.) earned 26 points and senior Brooke Garvey (Billerica, Mass.) grabbed 13 points for UMass Dartmouth. In the three-meter competition, the duo placed second and third with 242.75 points and 198.10 points. On the one-meter board, Hebert recorded 13 more points with her six dives totaling 241.70 points. Westfield State's Katie Sherpka combined for 449.20 points in route to clinching both competitions for the Owls.
The Corsairs return to action at 6 pm on Tuesday, Jan. 13, when they host Simmons College.