KINGSTON, R.I. – Two school records fell on Friday as the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth swimming squads debuted in the first full day of the 2017 New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships at the Tootell Aquatic Center at the University of Rhode Island.
Men's Score (20 events): 6th (512) of 12 teams
Women's Score (20 events): 9th (206) of 21 teams
In the morning session, freshman David Adamski (Wilbraham, Mass.) etched his name into the UMass Dartmouth history books for the first time as he took to the pool in the 500 freestyle preliminaries. Adamski topped the field of 23 while shattering his seed time by more than 20 seconds and resetting the Corsair program record with a time of 4:45.21. That mark bettered the previous school record of 4:45.47 set by Arne Klaska in 2001.
Adamski than did himself one better in the afternoon finals. In the championship heat, he shaved his record time down to 4:37.20 and claimed the NEISDA title by less than a second ahead of Roger Williams' John Babuka, adding 20 points to UMass Dartmouth's total in the process.
The women's team also generated a school standard in the afternoon finals session. After swimming to a ninth-place time of 1:44.78 in the preliminary of the 200 freestyle relay, the Corsair quartet of freshman Brienna Harrison (Lakeville, Mass.), senior Yulyssa Diaz (Dorchester, Mass.), senior Kaya Flanagan (Fairhaven, Mass.) and junior Chrissy Deveaux (North Andover, Mass.) topped the consolation final heat in 1:43.40. The time improved upon the three-decade school record mark of 1:44.27, registered in 1984.
In her first NEISDA meet, freshman Sarah Murphy (Braintree, Mass.) continued to turn out the impressive performances in the IM events. Following a third place finish in the preliminary, she returned to take fifth in the final with a personal-best time of 2:15.94 in the 200 IM.
Adamski joined with junior Devin Farnsworth (Leominster, Mass.), junior Derek Marshall (Marion, Mass.) and senior Kevin Curley (Raynham, Mass.) to advance to the final in the 200 freestyle relay, where the grouping took fifth in 1:29.42.
Individually, Curley cut his 50 freestyle time down to 22.40 to clinch a spot in the championship final heat, where he held true to placement by placing fifth and shaving his time down further to 22.25. Deveaux was a contender in the 500 freestyle, placing seventh in both the prelims and championship heat and timing in at 5:28.07 in the final. Farnsworth whittled his prelim time of 54.89 down to 54.13, placing sixth in the 100 butterfly.
To close the day's competition, Adamski, Farnsworth, Marshall and junior Troy Sjahfieden (Mattapoisett, Mass.) churned out a sixth-place time in the 400 medley relay, touching the pad in 3:46.35.
Heading into day two, both UMass Dartmouth teams sit higher in the team rankings than after the first day of competition in 2016. Last year, the men ranked in 8th with 88 points, while the women held 10th with 164 points. Both teams will look to continue to up their placements on Saturday, with preliminaries set to begin at 10 a.m.