Release: November 8, 2008
and Diving defeated by UMass
In the pool the men's team shot out of the gate with a big win in the 200 medley relay, and set a pool record in the process (1:34.31). Senior Andrew Palumbo highlighted the men's individual races winning the 100 breast (58.86) and 200 breast (2:09.95).
The men went right down to wire, illustrated perfectly by the 400 free relay, the final race of the meet, where the Minutemen slipped ahead by a hundredth of a second. "We gave them a run," said head coach Sean Clark. "I knew that we would give a great effort in front of the home crowd at our first home meet."
Other top finishers for the men were sophomore Jason Chen who took first in the 200 free (1:45.10), second 200 back (1:56.35) and second in the 200 IM (1:59.23). Senior Brenno Varanda touching first in the 200 IM (1:57.62), while taking second place in the 100 breast (59.52) and the 200 breast (2:10.82). Sophomore Kevin Kearney was another individual winner taking the 200 back in a time of 1:55.83. Junior Philip Dzieniszewski won the 50 free (21.64) and took third in the 100 fly (52.24).
Freshman duo Nolan Slesnick and Joe Perez-Rogers had another solid meet. Slesnick touched second in the 1000 free (9:46.36) and 500 free (4:47.91), while Perez-Rogers finished second in the 100 back (53.11), and third in the 100 free (48.33).
On the boards senior Ryan Graham took second place on the one-meter (273.82), and three-meter (295.43) boards.
For the women sophomore Danielle Gallo glided to first in the 100 breast (1:09.62) and 200 breast (2:30.92).
Other top finishers for the women were Lyndsi Worthington who took first in the 200 back (2:11.07) and second in the 100 back (1:00.94). Sophomore Amanda Ciccone raced to a first place in the 200 free (1:58.04), third place in the 100 free (54.98). Freshman Tricia Alejandro who placed second in the 200 back (2:11.76) and the 200 IM (2:14.81). Sophomore Brittany Detlef placed second in the 200 fly (2:15.36), and third in the 100 fly (1:01.52)
The women were led on the boards by senior Kristin Maney who finished fourth on the one-meter (198.14) and three-meter board with a score of 225.97.
Bearcat swimming program has strong ties to UMass where both
head coach Sean Clark and diving coach Reuben Rappe graduated
in 1993 and 2008 respectively. "I couldn't be more proud
of Sean and the program he's developing here." Umass head
coach Russ Yarworth commented after the meet.
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