WESTFIELD, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts women's swimming and diving team fell to Westfield State 147-146 Saturday morning. The Corsairs, led by both sophomore Chrissy Deveaux (North Andover, Mass.) and junior captain Kaya Flanagan (Fairhaven, Mass.) captured 10 first place finishes in the 16 events.
Deveaux picked up a victory in the 1,000-yard freestyle to begin the contest. She finished the longest event of the meet in 11:39.31, 20 seconds before the second-place finisher. Deveaux would then take the 50-yard freestyle, finishing only 0.3 seconds ahead of Westfield State's Anna Boucher (Suffield, Conn.) Her third victory in the pool came in the 200-yard intermediate as she finished with a time of 2:26.41.
Flanagan captured first place in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing in 2:13.87. She would win her next event, the 100-yard butterfly, in 1:05.21. The 500-yard freestyle was Flanagan's third top finish of the day, as she stopped the timer at 5:45.37.
Junior Kendra Hebert (Lowell, Mass.) captured both the one- and three-meter dives, scoring 227.33 and 204.10, respectively.
Junior Yulyssa Diaz (Dorchester, Mass.) was victorious in the 100-yard freestyle, finishing under one minute, with a time of 59.40.
As the meet came down to the wire with only the 400-yard freestyle relay remaining, UMass Dartmouth would pull out its tenth first place finish of the day. The combination of sophomore Jenna Leanues (Lakeville, Mass.), junior Jillian Boyle (Westport, Mass.), Flanagan and Deveaux completed the relay in 4:06.26, 37 seconds ahead of the Westfield State team.
The Corsairs will be back in action when they take on WPI and Wheaton College at Wheaton on Jan. 20 at 6:30 p.m.