KINGSTON, R.I. – In its first full day at the 2018 New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth saw new program records, repeat winners, and everything in between at the Tootell Aquatic Center at the University of Rhode Island.
Men (20 events): 3rd (220) of 12 teams
Women (20 events): 8th (188) of 20 teams
Continuing their stellar season-long performance in the women's 200-yard freestyle relay, the assembly of senior Chrissy Deveaux (North Andover, Mass.), sophomores Sarah Murphy (Braintree, Mass.), Molly Harrington (Tewksury, Mass.) and Abby Wilson (Newburyport, Mas.) swam for a final time of 1:42.45 to set a new program record, narrowly edging out last year's 1:43.40 finish. Prior to the 2017 Championships, the time of 1:44.27 firmly held the top of the record-books since 1984. Propelled by Deveaux in the last portion of the relay on a time of 25.29 seconds, the squad bested their seed time by nearly ten seconds to place seventh of the 20 teams competing.
After being crowned the New England Champion of the men's 500-yard freestyle event last year, sophomore David Adamski (Wilbraham, Mass.) replicated his performance to repeat as the top finisher of the 18 competitors.
Moments later, sophomore Kyle MacKenzie (Londonderry, N.H.) took third place in the 100-yard fly with a time of 54.48 seconds, touching the wall soon after Regis' Nicholas Rainville and Norwich's Alex DiGiacomo. Freshman Justin Chung (Roslindale, Mass.) continued the Corsairs' success with a third place finish of his own in the 50-yard breaststroke, completing the event in 28.41 seconds. Senior Devin Farnsworth submitted the third such result for the squad, this time in the 50-yard free, coming in after Roger Williams' Gabe Pasqualucci and Christian Montanez. In his first New England championship, freshman Cameron DiBenedetto (East Freetown, Mass.) bested his seedtime by 14 seconds with a 2:07.31 finish in the 200-yard individual medley, sealing the sixth place slot.
Harrington logged a time of just over 25 seconds in the women's 50-yard free, placing her fourth in the competition. In a closely contested 200-yard individual medley, Murphy logged a top-ten finish with a time of 2:17.03, putting her only seven seconds away from the top finisher Elaine Dudley of Norwich University.
In the 20th event of the evening, the lineup of Adamski, Chung, MacKenzie, and senior Derek Marshall (Marion, Mass.) stood atop the third place podium following the 400-yard medley relay, completing in a time of 3:40.20. Competing in his final NEISDA championship, Marshall completed the final leg of the relay with times of 22.65 and 26.49 seconds to round out the Corsair effort.
In diving action, freshman Jose Guerrero (New Bedford, Mass.) did not skipped a beat in continuing to excel this season, scoring 404.90 off the one-meter height in the afternoon preliminary session. Classmate and fellow-diver Dodhy Saint-Amand also turned in a successful outing, posting a total of 319.70 for a fourth place finish.
Both teams look to continue to build on their day two performances when they return to the pool on Saturday, with preliminaries slated for a 10 a.m. start.