DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- UMass Dartmouth posted a solid runner-up performance that included a trio of individual league champions at the 2019 Little East Conference Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships Saturday afternoon at the Tripp Natatorium.
The Corsairs amassed a team score of 281.5 points in the competition, which was won by Keene State for the 13th straight year with a score of 535 points. Westfield State was next in third place with 234 points, while Eastern Connecticut finished fourth with 210.5 points. UMass Dartmouth posted its fifth runner-up performance since the championships’ inception in 2000 and first since 2007, as the Corsairs claimed the league crown in back-to-back campaigns in 2004 and 2005.
Freshman Maddie Kovach (Oxford, Conn.) took top honors in the 200 yard backstroke in a school record time of 2:11.15, as she also set a new UMass Dartmouth mark while notching a runner-up finish in the 100 yard backstroke (1:01.48). Junior Sarah Murphy (Braintree, Mass.) captured the Little East individual title in the 1,000 yard freestyle (11:21.15) for the Corsairs, while fellow junior Molly Harrington (Tewksbury, Mass.) rounded out the trio of conference champions by sharing the 50 yard freestyle crown with Eastern Connecticut sophomore Megan Lasto in a time of 25.06.
“To perform like this with only nine individuals speaks volumes about the dedication this team has,” UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Cathy Motta said of her squad following the championships. “They prepared well all week, and it paid off today with incredible performances throughout. I’m extremely proud of each and every one of them.”
UMass Dartmouth will be idle until Thursday, February 21st when the Corsairs travel to Cambridge, Mass. to compete at the 2019 New England Swimming & Diving Championships hosted by MIT.
(Photo Credit: Rainier Almonte '19)