Swimming & Diving Squads Take Third in Dual Meets with WPI and Wheaton

NORTON, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's and women's swim teams each came in third place on Wednesday evening, falling to WPI (433.00-119.00), and host Wheaton in two dual meets.

The men registered 76 points in the meet with WPI and 63 against Wheaton. The women tallied 43 points against both opponents, as WPI swept the night in all total scores.

Senior Kevin Curley (Raynham, Mass.) put forth a solid night, finishing second in the 50 yard free style (22.60). Curley had another top-three finish when he finished in third in the men's 100 yard freestyle (51.46). The Raynham native was also the last leg of the men's 200 yard freestyle relay; the crew of Curley, senior Timothy Doucette (Middleboro, Mass.), freshman Anthony Toscano (Massapequa, N.Y.) and freshman Alex Butcher (E. Longmeadow, Mass.) finished in third in 1:33.87. The senior was also the anchor for the men's 200-yard medley relay with a trio of sophomores in Derek Marshall (Marion, Mass.), Troy Sjahfiedin (Mattapoisett, Mass.), and Devin Farnsworth (Leominster, Mass.). The group finished in fifth place with a time of 1:45.64.

On the women's side, junior Kaya Flanagan (Fairhaven, Mass.) finished in third place in the women's 200-yard backstroke (2:19.86). The Fairhaven native also finished the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:04.28, good for fourth place. Flanagan placed fifth in 100-yard butterfly (1:05.43). She was also the starter of the 200-yard medley relay with sophomore Chrissy Deveaux (North Andover, Mass.), junior Jillian Boyle (Westport, Mass.), and junior Yulyssa Diaz (Dorchester, Mass.), as the quartet picked up a seventh-place finish in 2:03.11.

The men will be back in action when they travel to Norwich University to take on the Cadets on Jan. 30th for a 2 p.m. start time, while the women will have their final tune-up before the Little East Conference Championship when they host Plymouth State Friday at 2 p.m.