KINGSTON, R.I. – Following the second day of action at the 2016 New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving (NEISDA) Championships, the UMass Dartmouth men's and women's swimming and diving squads remain in eighth and 10th place, respectively, heading into the final day of competition at the University of Rhode Island.
The men currently hold 188.5 total points amongst the 12 teams competing at the Tootell Aquatic Center, while the women own 294 points in the field of 20 squads.
In the pool, several Corsairs turned in impressive times and placements. For the men, sophomore Devin Farnsworth (Leominster, Mass.) continued his solid weekend, dropping almost a second and a half from his 50-yard butterfly preliminary performance for a personal-best time of 23.94, good for third place overall. He was joined in the event by senior Tim Doucette (Middleboro, Mass.), who collected six points with his time of 25.61.
Junior Kaya Flanagan (Fairhaven, Mass.) garnered two top-10 finishes on the day, finishing in seventh in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:02.35 and eighth in the 100-yard backstroke, touching the wall at 1:03.73. Her performance in the freestyle marked a season-best for the team captain.
On the men's side, junior Brian McCauley (Franklin, Mass.) had a strong showing in the 1,000-yard freestyle, landing an eighth place finish with a time of 10:32.30. That time was nearly 40 seconds faster than his previous season-best.
In the men's 800-yard freestyle relay, McCauley, freshman Anthony Toscano (Massapequa, N.Y.), freshman Alex Butcher (East Longmeadow, Mass.) and junior Grayham Ronan (Millis, Mass.) teamed up to finish in a time of 7:23.94, collecting a fifth-place finish.
Butcher and Toscano both competed in the 200-yard freestyle, placing 11th and 14th, respectively, with times of 1:51.47 and 1:54.40 to combine for nine points.
The quartet of Farnsworth, sophomore Derek Marshall (Marion, Mass.), sophomore Troy Sjahfiedin (Mattapoisett, Mass.) and senior Kevin Curley (Raynham, Mass.) swam to 24 points in the 200-yard medley relay, finishing in 1:41.33.
For the women, sophomore Chrissy Deveaux (North Andover, Mass.) also earned a fifth-place finish, swimming the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:56.69, dropping more than seven and a half seconds from her seed time.
The women's 800-yard freestyle relay squad also added a strong finish. Deveaux, senior Jillian Boyle (Westport, Mass.), junior Yulyssa Diaz (Dorchester, Mass.), and Flanagan joined to shed over eight seconds from their seed time and finish seventh overall in 8:29.33.
Entering the final day of the NEISDA meet, junior diver Kendra Hebert (Lowell, Mass.) enters the 3-meter board finals as the top seed, as she posted 343.35 points in the preliminary round on Saturday.
The final seven events will be contested on Sunday beginning at 10:30, with finals slated to begin at 5:30 p.m.