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UMass divers prepare for A-10s in final meet of season

By Kyle Predki, Collegian Staff

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The men and women of the Massachusetts diving teams will wrap up their respective seasons this Saturday as they head to West Point, N.Y., to compete in the Army Diving Invitational.

Last weekend was the swimmers’ final competition before the Atlantic 10 Championships, but the divers get one more practice run.

Leading the men’s diving team is freshman Jason Cook. The Amherst native has seen nothing but the top spots this year, and is hoping to continue his success heading into the A-10s.

Before Cook took to the board at UMass, there was no question of his potential. While in high school, he held the state diving record as well as the Western Massachusetts diving record, accomplishments that gave him the honor of being a three-time All-American Diver.

So far in his short time competing for the Minutemen, he has kept improving. In his first collegiate meet, Cook became the all-time record holder of the 3-meter dive, finishing at 311.90. If he can perform consistently as he has for the entire season, Cook shouldn’t find a problem claiming a victory or two at the A-10s.

Representing the top diver for the women’s team is senior Karen Upperco. Upperco, also a three-time All-American Diver, has become part of the heart and soul for the women’s diving team. One way or another, she seems to find first-place finishes repeatedly.

Upperco has won numerous diving events and awards, two being her first-place finishes in A-10 Chmpionships. Upperco has also recently set a 3-meter pool record (297.45) at Joseph Rogers Pool in Amherst.

Both divers will head into New York this weekend in hopes of winning their respective events, but will also have their eyes set on a bigger prize. The Atlantic 10 Championships are right around the corner, starting on Thursday, Feb. 13.

Kyle Predki can be reached at [email protected]

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