Swimmers Continue to Shine at Division II/III Championships

Swimmers Continue to Shine at Division II/III Championships

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's swimming team had another good day on the second day of action at the three-day, New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association Championships, at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center Friday.

Saturday morning's preliminary session was cancelled, and all of the competition was conducted in the finals session Saturday evening. After Saturday's session, the men are in third place in an 11-team field with 282 points, while the women are sixth in a 19-team field with 477 points.

For the women, senior Meredith Maki (Holden, MA/ Wachusett Regional HS) broke the school record when she finished fifth in the 1000 yard freestyle in 11:02.94. She also led off the 200 medley relay with a record breaking time of 29.30 seconds in the first leg. Senior Morgan Cooper (Sunderland, MA/ Frontier Regional HS) was ninth with a personal best time of 11:10.87. In the 200 individual medley, senior Maggie Conlon (Methuen, MA/Methuen HS) finished sixth in 4:57.04, while freshman Caroline Corcoran (West Boylston, MA/ West Boylston) was eighth in 4:59.04. In the 200 freestyle, junior Katelyn Kidney (Lynn, MA/Lynn Classical) was third in 2:00.11 and Cooper was eighth in 2:02.53. The 800 freestyle relay team of Cooper, Corcoran, Maki and Kidney finished third in a school record time of 8:11.80.

Among the men, freshman Justin Floeck (Middleboro, MA/Middleboro HS) was eighth in the 1000 yard freestyle in 10:33.49, and seventh in the 200 freestyle in 1:50.60. In the 400 individual medley, freshman Bryan Baranick (Assonet, MA/Apponequet HS) was third in 4:30.66, senior Kevin Janofsky (Brookfield, CT/Brookfield HS) was eighth in 4:39.03, and freshman Robert Braza (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS) was 10th in 4:41.23. In the 100 breaststroke, sophomore Phil Lowney (Mattapoisett, MA/Bishop Stang HS/ Roger Williams) was seventh in an ECAC "B" cut time of 1:01.76, and freshman Charles London (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS/Bristol CC) was eighth in 1:02.60, and both times were personal bests. The 800 freestyle relay team of freshman Max Kearns (Marion, MA/Bishop Stang HS/Northeastern), Janofsky, Baranick and Floeck was third in 7:30.72.

"We had another great day despite the cancellation of trials this morning," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Cathy Motta. "We adjusted well to swimming timed finals in the evening. Meredith Maki had a record setting day, setting a school record in the 1000 freestyle, and coming back by leading off the 200 medley relay with a record breaking time. We wrapped up a near perfect day with the women's relay finishing third in a school record time, and the men's relay duplicating their third place finish."

The championships will conclude Sunday.