UMass Dartmouth Closes NEISDA Championships with Three More School Records

UMass Dartmouth Closes NEISDA Championships with Three More School Records

KINGSTON, R.I. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth freshmen David Adamski (Wilbraham, Mass.) and Sarah Murphy (Braintree, Mass.) rounded out a six school-record weekend for the Corsair swimming teams, as the 2017 New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships concluded on Sunday at the Tootell Aquatic Center.

The Basics
Men's Score: 7th (342) of 12 Teams
Women's Score: 10th (454) of 21 Teams

Record Breakers
Adamski concluded his weekend with four school records in just three individual events. On Sunday, he claimed the NEISDA title in the 1,650 freestyle after touching the pad in 16:32.26 during the timed final. That mark not only bettered his previous best by nearly two minutes, but he became the new school record holder in both the 1,650 and 1,000 freestyles with his split of 9:54.08, improving on Arne Klaska's marks in both. Klaska previously had owned the standards at 16:38.55 in the 1,650 and 10:03.75 in the 1,000.

For the women, Murphy wrote her name into the history books for the first time on the afternoon session. In the championship final of the 200 breaststroke, the freshman posted a fifth-place time of 2:34.18. By dropping almost two seconds from her seed time, Murphy became the UMass Dartmouth record holder, improving on Seanna McRae's time of 2:34.75.

Highlights
In the 50 backstroke, junior Derek Marshall (Marion, Mass.) gathered a seventh-place overall finish, shaving 0.85 seconds off his previous best time by finishing in 26.53. Later on, Marshall teamed with junior Devin Farnsworth (Leominster, Mass.), Adamski and senior Kevin Curley (Raynham, Mass.) to pick up sixth place in the 400 freestyle relay as the quartet timed in at 3:16.33.

Senior Jillian Boyle (Westport, Mass.) made an impressive drop in time in her final collegiate race, touching the pad in 2:28.59 in the 200 butterfly. She placed 14th overall and cut seven seconds off her previous best time in the event.

Prior to competing in the relay, Curley saw a solid performance in the 50 backstroke along with Marshall. After entering as the 18th seed, he finished 10th with a time of 26.82, taking off 5.2 seconds from his entry time. The senior additionally placed ninth in the 100 freestyle, timing at 49.33 in the championship final after entering the heat as the 12th seed.

The women's 400 freestyle relay combination of senior Kaya Flanagan (Fairhaven, Mass.), Murphy, senior Yulyssa Diaz (Dorchester, Mass.) and junior Chrissy Deveaux (North Adnover, Mass.) competed in the championship final and collected an eighth-place finish. The grouping registered a time of 3:52.82 in the heat to drop four seconds from their entry time.

Notes

  • Both UMass Dartmouth squads posted their highest team scores since 2013 on the entirety of the meet, with the men placing 7th of 12 teams with 342 points and the women 10th of 21 teams at 454 points.
  • All said, the Corsairs reset six school records over the course of the meet's three days, including four by Adamski, one by Murphy and the women's 200 freestyle relay team.
  • Adamski alone accounted for 57 individual points for the Corsair men with two event titles. Murphy was the high scorer for the women's squad with 78 individual points.
  • Roger Williams claimed the team titles in both men's and women's competition, with the men totaling 823 points and the women 1,452.