WORCESTER, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth senior Kendra Hebert (Lowell, Mass.) qualified for NCAA Division III regional competition in the 1-meter dive on Wednesday, posting a score of 287.05 to shatter her own school record in the event in a tri-meet with WPI and Wheaton (Mass.). Additionally, Hebert became Corsair women's diving's all-time point leader with her two diving performances on the evening.
Men's Scores: WPI 183, UMass Dartmouth 61 | Wheaton 183, UMass Dartmouth 60
Women's Scores: WPI 180, UMass Dartmouth 53 | Wheaton 198, UMass Dartmouth 50
Hebert rose to the occasion in the 1-meter, taking second place amongst the eight-diver field. She finished behind only WPI's Kristen Bender, and easily surpassed the six-dive score of 255 needed to qualify for her first NCAA Regional meet. She also bettered her previous school record of 250.94 in the event, which she set earlier this season against Roger Williams.
Later in the meet, Hebert took third of eight in the 3-meter event, scoring in at 238.85 to become the program's all-time leader in diving points scored, surpassing previous record-holder Kelly Kidd.
For the Corsair women, senior captain Kaya Flanagan (Fairhaven, Mass.) paced her team in the pool collecting two fifth-place finishes. She registered a season-best time of 2:06.54 in the 200 free. Later in the meet, she turned in a time of 2:20.06 in the 200 backstroke.
In the men's 200 free, freshman David Adamski (Wilbraham, Mass.) took the highest individual swimming finish of the meet. He continued his strong season in the event, placing third in 1:49.58 to edge out all but two WPI swimmers.
Freshman Stephen Barrett (Longmeadow, Mass.) put forth his strongest finish of the meet in the 200 IM, placing fifth with a time of 2:22.39. Additionally, he shattered his previous best in the 1,000 free, taking sixth in 11:06.49, and touched the pad in a season-best 5:17.03 for a ninth-place finish in the 500 free.
Both the men and the women placed a team in third in the 200 yard freestyle relay. The freshman grouping of Carly Cahill (Charlestown, Mass.), Faith Poirier (Shrewsbury, Mass.), Alissa Hall (Westborough, Mass.) and Abigail Wilson (Newburyport, Mass.) finished in 1:55.20 in the women's race. In the men's race, Devin Farnsworth (Leominster, Mass.), Brian McCauley (Franklin, Mass.), Anthony Toscano (Massapequa, N.Y.) and Kevin Curley (Raynham, Mass.) totaled a time of 1:36.62.
The Corsair women are back in the pool Saturday, traveling to Plymouth State for a dual meet starting at 1 p.m., while the men compete next on Saturday, Jan. 28 at Norwich University.