Men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams wrap up third-place finishes at Dartmouth Invitational

By Tyler Fiedler

(Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)
(Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

It was a disappointing weekend for the Massachusetts men’s swimming and diving team as it came up short in the Dartmouth Invitational.

Coming off two straight wins against Bryant and in the Rhode Island Invitational, the Minutemen finished third behind host Dartmouth (1221.5) and Connecticut College (951.5). UMass finished with 779 points.

“I thought we were real strong on Friday night and then a couple things happened,” coach Russ Yarworth said. “As a team we didn’t really cool down good enough after the game and we were tight on Saturday.”

Despite the loss, the Minutemen saw positive individual performances including Michael Glenn. The senior continued his strong season, finishing first in the 100 and 200-yard breaststrokes and second in the 400-yard individual medley.

Glenn added two more wins and a second-place finish, tallying 73 individual points to bring his total to 155 points this season.

“Michael Glenn is going to be irreplaceable, I don’t think I’ve coached anyone with a higher work capacity then him,” Yarworth said. “He is a tremendous competitor, tremendously motivated, and a great leader.”

Owen Wright also had a strong weekend, taking home two first-place finishes in the 200-yard individual medley and in the 50-yard freestyle. Wright, along with John Conway, Brian Stiles and Wiktor Karpinski finished first in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:25.53.

The Minutemen combined for five top finishes including a dominant performance in the 500-yard freestyle. UMass captured both first and second place in the event behind strong swims from Alessandro Bomprezzi (first) and Oliver Wyeth (second).

“They are two very talented athletes and very motivated athletes,” Yarworth said. “They put in the time all year around, they aren’t kids who swim during the season.”

Hao Luong took home three second-place finishes in the 100-yard butterfly, the 100 and 200-yard backstroke.

Women’s swim and dive fall short

The UMass women’s swimming and diving team suffered the same fate as the men, finishing in third place out of four teams at the Dartmouth Invitational.

Northeastern finished first with 1,007 points while Dartmouth finished right behind with 1,006 points. Coming off three straight wins, the Minutewomen finished third with 829 points, well ahead of last-place finisher Connecticut College (378).

“As a whole it was pretty good, they are tired and are ready to rest but it was a solid weekend,” women’s coach Bob Newcomb said. “We had some solid performance from a lot of girls.”

UMass saw another dominant performance from top swimmer Meriza Werenski. She had a 52-point individual performance with a win in the 400-yard individual medley.

“(Werenski’s) a great individual, she leads by example,” Newcomb said. “She is a great individual to have on this team as a teammate.”

Jocelyn Yuen and the combination of Zoe Judd, Cassandra Sosnovich, Ivy Durepo and Yuen took home gold in the 200-yard butterfly and the 200-yard freestyle relay, respectively.

Yuen finished with a time of 2:05.18 while the relay team finished with a time of 1:38.07.

Both the men and women’s swimming and diving teams finish up their regular seasons on the road at Fordham on Saturday. It is their last meet before the Atlantic 10 Championship commences on Feb. 18.

Tyler Fiedler can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter @Tyler_Fiedler.