March 1, 2009
BRISTOL, RI- Junior Matt Fahey (New Bedford, MA/Middleboro HS) posted a national qualifying score as the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's swimming team finished sixth in a 13-team field at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association Men's Division II and III Championships, which concluded Sunday at the Roger Williams University Recreation Center.
Fahey won the three-meter diving competition with 459.50 points and was named Diver of the Meet. He is now eligible for an invitation to the NCAA Division III Championships in two weeks.
The Corsairs finished with 251 points, 20 behind St. Michael's and 130 more than Colby-Sawyer. Keene State finished first with 629 points.
In the three-meter diving competition, senior Andrew Dibenedetto (North Andover, MA/North Andover HS) followed Fahey, finishing fourth with 385.55 points. Sophomore Bryan Riddick (Waterbury, CT/Sacred Heart HS) was sixth with 343.25.
Other highlights included sophomore Steve Szarek (Middletown, CT/Middletown HS), fourth in the 200 breaststroke in 2:18.91, sophomore Joe Krzystofik (Chicopee, MA/Chicopee HS), 10th in the 200 butterfly in 2:10.88, and freshman Tom Silva (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS), 11th in the 50 backstroke in 27.61 seconds. DiBenedetto was named Senior High Point Diver of the Meet, while UMass Dartmouth Diving Coach Jerry Jennings was named Diving Coach of the Year.
"We had a great meet," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Cathy Motta. "It was great to see every athlete experience personal bests after all of their hard work. The divers were exceptional this meet, and the results reflect that. Now that the season is done, we are excited about what lies ahead for this program in the future."
The Corsairs will await word on whether or not Fahey will be invited to the NCAAs.
UMASS DARTMOUTH SWIMMING