Swimming and diving crushes competition

by Chelsea Cabral, Staff Writer

Both the UMass Dartmouth men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams sailed past their Elms College rivals in a dual meet in Chicopee Mass., on Saturday, November 19, as both squads combined a stellar 24 wins out of the 28 contested events.

The two teams came out on top as the women’s squad garnered a final score of 164-96, and the men garnered a final score of 193-63.

To kick off the meet, the women went in to automatically claim the first event, the 200m medley relay. Brienna Harrison, Sarah Murphy, Kaya Flanagan, and Chrissy Deveaux. Yulyssa Diaz then followed, easily taking the 800m freestyle. Carly Cahill took home two first-place wins for the night against the Blazers. She won the 50m breaststroke in with a time of 38.87, the 100m breaststroke with a time of 1:28.27.

With the women winning in every single event of the night, it was Corsair Sarah Murphy who shined that night, collecting her second Little East Conference weekly award of the season: Rookie Swimmer of the Week.

Along with swimming in the relay, she was also victorious in three individual swimming events. Murphy swam in the 100m butterfly, and finished with a time of 1:15.79, and turned in a time of 1:15.98 in the 100m IM. Her lengthiest event of the night was completed with a time of 5:00.12.

The men’s team was next to follow suit with notable wins that night. David Adamski finished first in the 200m freestyle with a time of 2:04.77, right after Deveaux finished first in the same event. Additionally, Troy Sjahfieden was also one of the top male swimmers of the night, winning the 50m breaststroke by 1.2 seconds and later taking the 100m breaststroke with a time of 1:17.09.

For the men’s 50m and 100m backstroke events, senior Corsair Robert Muir finished second in both behind Elms College’s sophomore Michael Grippo, who broke his own school record in the 50m with a time of 29.61, and finishing the 100m backstroke in a time of 1:05.15.

Murphy, Flanagan, Deveaux, and Adamski won first in every single event they competed in that night, winning a total of 13 events. To wrap up the meet, the Corsairs went on to win nine of the final ten races of the night.

The women remain at home for the next meet while the men go on the road. Go Corsairs!


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