CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Both UMass Dartmouth swimming & diving teams enjoyed record-setting performances throughout the weekend at the 2019 New England Championships hosted by MIT, as the Corsair men placed fifth among 16 entrants while the Corsair women’s squad was eighth among 20 schools in the final standings.
Junior David Adamski (Wilbraham, Mass.) registered a championship hat trick in the competition for the UMass Dartmouth men, as he copped New England crowns in winning the 200 yard (1:41.59), 500 yard (4:36.45) and 1,000 yard freestyle (9:48.78) events with school record times. Sophomore Justin Chung (Roslindale, Mass.) also medaled for the Corsairs in the 50 yard breaststroke, as he posted a third place time of 27.63 in the event.
Adamski also swam the final leg of both the 400 yard medley relay (3:37.35) and 800 yard freestyle relay (7:10.54) for UMass Dartmouth, as he teamed up with juniors Stephen Barrett (Longmeadow, Mass.) & Kyle MacKenzie (Londonderry, N.H.) along with freshman Nathan Motisi (Ellington, Conn.) to medal in the 800 freestyle. Adamski and Chung were part of the 400 medley medalist tandem that also included sophomores Cameron DiBenedetto (East Freetown, Mass.) and Noah Yeskewicz (Middleboro, Mass.).
Roger Williams took top honors on the men’s side with 932 points, while Brandeis (578) and Bridgewater State (535) finished in the respective runner-up and third place positions. The Corsairs collected a total of 496 points, which was six shy of fourth-place Norwich.
On the women’s side, junior Molly Harrington (Tewksbury, Mass.) capped her standout campaign by finishing second in the 50 yard freestyle and medal with a school-record time of 24.72 in the event. Junior Sarah Murphy (Braintree, Mass.) picked up medals with respective third place performances in the 1,000 yard freestyle (11:09.24) and 400 yard individual medley (4:44.45), with the latter setting another school record. Murphy also established a new school standard in the 200 yard breaststroke with a seventh place time of 2:32.57 in the event.
Freshman Maddie Kovach (Oxford, Conn.) concluded her stellar rookie season by picking up a medal in the 100 yard backstroke with a third place school record time of 1:00.51, and she also set a new UMass Dartmouth mark with a fourth place performance in the 200 yard backstroke (2:10.16). Kovach, Murphy, Harrington and junior Abigail Wilson (Newburyport, Mass.) teamed up to set school records in both the 400 yard medley (4:09.42) and 200 yard medley (1:53.90) relays that posted respective fifth and sixth place finishes in the competition.
The Corsairs recorded a team score of 523.5 points on the weekend, as Simmons (1410.5) took the championship by besting runner-up Roger Williams (1257) and third place Brandeis (1115.5).