Swim prepares for championships

By Alex Solari, Staff Writer
On Saturday, January 28, the UMass Dartmouth men’s swimming team wrapped up their regular season at the Goodyear Pool against Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. Though the Corsairs fell to Norwich 203-91, there were many great feats and personal-bests met at this event. At this meet, freshman Riley Palmer qualified for the New England Championships in three different events. With Palmer’s qualification, every member of the team has now qualified for the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships in mid-February. This is the second year the team has accomplished this feat. Palmer set three personal-bests at this meet, including a fifth-place time of one minute, 05:58 in the 100-yard backstroke, and a 200-yard backstroke time of two minutes, 26.80 , where he also placed fifth. The team was only able to secure four top spots at the meet, with freshman David Adamski as the common piece. He won three individual events by over two seconds. In the 500 freestyle, he beat his runner-up by over twelve seconds with a time of five minutes, 08.34. Adamski also won the 200 freestyle with a time of one minute, 50.10, and the 100 freestyle with a time of 50.96. Adamski, Kevin Curley, Anthony Toscano, and Derek Marshall claimed the 200-yard freestyle relay, with a time of one minute, 32:93. Curley won second place in both the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle. Curley fell short of first place by only 0.28 seconds. Marshall won third place in the 200-yard backstroke with a personal-best time of 2 minutes, 26.80. In the 1000-yard freestyle, Steven Barrett came in second with a time of ten minutes, 57:35, which was his new personal-best. The Corsairs opened the meet with a third-place finish in the 200-yard medley. Marshall, Troy Sjahfieden, Kyle Mackenzie, and Curley fell by 0.15 seconds behind the Norwich Cadets who finished second. The Corsairs’ time was one minute, 46.32. The Corsairs will have a short break, but will return with their qualifiers for the 2017 NEISDA Championships from February 16-19 at the University of Rhode Island. Last year at the NEISDA Championships, the Corsairs placed in seventh out of twelve teams. They accumulated 292.5 points for the entire Championship, which is 64 points better than they did the year before. Hopefully the Corsairs can do even better again this year, and we are looking forward to see our team compete for the last time this season!

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