WPI Swimmers Sweep UMass Dartmouth
Senior Meredith Maki
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's swimming team fell to visiting Worcester Polytechnic Institute in a dual meet at the Tripp Athletic Center Thursday evening. The WPI women won, 134-103, and the Engineer men won, 132-83.
For the women, winners included senior Kim Moore (Billerica, MA/Billerica HS), who won the 1000 yard freestyle in 11:13.77, sophomore Morgan Cooper (Sunderland, MA/Frontier Regional HS), who took both the 200 yard freestyle in 2:03.63 and the 100 yard breaststroke in 1:13.80, and senior Meredith Maki (Holden, MA/Wachusett Regional HS), who won the 200 yard individual medley in 2:23.90 and the 500 yard freestyle in 5:40.71.
Men's winners included freshman Eddie Olean (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS), who won the 200 yard freestyle in 1:49.85, freshman Michael Gryss (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS), who took the 100 yard breaststroke in 1:09.00, and sophomore Christian Francia (Hampton, NH/Winnacunnet HS) , who won both the one meter diving (270 points) and three meter diving (264.95).
"We had a great meet tonight even with the losses," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Cathy Motta. "We are extremely tired heading into our last day of double sessions tomorrow. At least 50 per cent of our team posted seasonal best times. It's very exciting to see them all swimming this fast while experiencing this much fatigue."
UMass Dartmouth's women are now 3-6, while the UMD men are 2-4-1. The WPI women are now 4-2, while the men are now 2-5.
The Corsairs will return to action when they host Plymouth State Saturday, while the Engineers will visit Wheaton Saturday.