Corsairs in Sixth Following Day 1 of NESIDA Championships

Corsairs in Sixth Following Day 1 of NESIDA Championships

SOUTH KINGSTON, R.I. – After Day 1 of competition, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's swimming and diving team sits in sixth place out of the 12-team field in the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Championships.

The Corsairs finished opening day ahead of Colby-Sawyer College (113) and directly behind Gordon College (120.5). Keene State College holds a commanding lead (370) with Roger Williams (218) and Norwich University (186.5) in the second and third spots in the standings.

UMass Dartmouth had success in the two relay competitions. The 200 yard relay configured of TJ Doucette, Jr. (Middleboro, Mass.), Devin Farnsworth (Leominster, Mass.), Kevin Curley (Raynham, Mass.) and Grayham Ronan (Millis, Mass.) covered the distance in one minute and 29.72 seconds to seize fourth. In the 400 yard medley relay, the Corsairs tallied 26 points with a sixth place time of three minutes and 48.92 seconds.

Senior Michael Gryss, Jr. (New Bedford, Mass.) produced 23 points to lead UMass Dartmouth in the individual events. He captured seventh in the 50 yard breaststroke (29.22) and eighth in the 100 yard butterfly (55.05).

 In the 200 yard individual medley, senior Phil Lowney (Mattapoisett, Mass.) and junior Robert Braza (Attleboro, Mass.) notched eighth and 13th place for the Corsairs. Junior Bryan Baranick (Assonet, Mass.) touched the wall at five minutes, 8.18 seconds for 13th place in the 200 yard backstroke, while sophomore Brian McCauley (Franklin, Mass.) earned four points in the 500 yard freestyle.     

UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, when the Corsairs participate in Day 2 of the 2015 New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Championships.