Francia First, Rius Sixth at NEISDA Diving Championships

Feb. 13, 2011

WALTHAM, MA-Both members of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's swimming team performed well on the second and final day of competition at the two-day, New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association Championships, which concluded Sunday at Bentley's Dana Center Pool.

For the men, freshman Christian Francia (Hampton, NH/Winnacunnet HS) finished first in three-meter diving with 362.15 points. He had finished sixth in the one-meter competition Saturday, with 338.25 points.

For the women, sophomore Cecilia Rius (Rockville, MD/Richard Montgomery HS), who placed seventh in one-meter diving Saturday with a score of 319.15 points, was sixth in three-meter diving Sunday with 297.05 points.

"After the preliminary round, Christian had to fight back to finish first in the finals," said UMass Dartmouth Diving Coach Danielle Morley. "For a freshman, winning New Englands is a big deal. Cecilia has improved so much this year, and finished sixth in a very strong field, I'm very happy for both Christian and Cecilia." The Corsairs will return to action at the NEISDA Swimming Championships next weekend at White River Junction, VT.

UMASS DARTMOUTH SWIMMING