Swimmers Fourth, Sixth at NEISDA Championships

Swimmers Fourth, Sixth at NEISDA Championships

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's swimming team performed well on the final day of action at the three-day, New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association Championships, at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center Sunday.

The men finished the competition fourth in an 11-team field with 380 points, while the women finished sixth in a 19-team field with 606 points. The scores from next week's diving competition will be added to these scores to make them final and official.

For the women, junior Katelyn Kidney (Lynn, MA/Lynn Classical) was third in the 200 butterfly in 2:15.12, senior Maggie Conlon (Methuen, MA/Methuen HS) was 11th in the 100 individual medley in 1:05.54, and the 400 freestyle relay team of freshman Caroline Corcoran (West Boylston, MA/ West Boylston), senior Morgan Cooper (Sunderland, MA/ Frontier Regional HS), Kidney and senior Meredith Maki (Holden, MA/ Wachusett Regional HS) was fourth in 3:47.31.

For the men, sophomore Phil Lowney (Mattapoisett, MA/Bishop Stang HS/ Roger Williams) was fifth in the 200 breaststroke in 2:14.48, while freshman Robert Braza (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS) was 10th in 2:23.50. In the 200 butterfly, sophomore Michael Gryss (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) was sixth in 2:10.33. In the 100 individual medley, freshman Charles London (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS/Bristol CC) was fifth in 57.41 seconds, while freshman Max Kearns (Marion, MA/Bishop Stang HS/Northeastern) was ninth in 59.82 seconds, and the 400 freestyle relay team of Kearns, senior Kevin Janofsky (Brookfield, CT/Brookfield HS), London and freshman Justin Floeck (Middleboro, MA/Middleboro HS) was fifth in 3:21.51.

Lowney posted an ECAC open "A" cut time with his fifth place finish in the 200 breaststroke, and he will compete in that event and in the 100 yard breaststroke at the ECAC Open Championships at Harvard March 1st and 2nd.

"We finished up strong in many events," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Cathy Motta. "I am proud of my team's performance and looking forward to see Phil (Lowney) race at the ECAC Open Championships against talented student-athletes from Divisions I, II and III at Harvard."

The Corsairs will participate in the NEISDA Division II and III Diving Championships at Plymouth State next weekend.