KINGSTON, R.I. -- Both UMass Dartmouth swimming & diving teams closed out their respective 2019-20 campaigns over the weekend by posting top six team finishes at the 2020 New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Championships at the University of Rhode Island. The Corsair men placed fifth of 14 teams in the competition, while the Corsair women finished sixth overall among 21 entrants in the four-day event, as both teams combined for 33 All-New England honors along the way.
Sophomore Maddie Kovach (Oxford, Conn.) narrowly missed winning a pair of individual crowns on the women’s side for UMass Dartmouth, as she finished as the runner-up in both the 100 (school record 1:00.41) and 200 yard backstroke (2:10.52) while adding a fourth place finish in the 50 yard backstroke (28.44). Senior Sarah Murphy (Braintree, Mass.) recorded respective third and fourth place performances in the 400 (4:49.17) and 200 yard individual medley (2:16.04) for the Corsairs, while freshman Morgan Beebe (Ellington, Conn.) registered fifth and seventh place finishes in the 200 (2:25.58) and 100 (1:03.51) yard butterfly as well as an eighth place performance in the 400 yard individual medley (5:04.32).
Freshmen Danielle Klash (Gardner, Mass.) and Aubrey Endress (Belchertown, Mass.) posted respective seventh and eighth place finishes in the 500 yard freestyle (5:36.44) and 100 yard butterfly (1:04.17) for UMass Dartmouth, which saw three relay tandems combine for top seven performances. The quartet of Kovach, Beebe, Klash and Murphy were fourth in the 800 yard freestyle relay (8:17.50), while Kovach, Murphy, Beebe and senior Kayla Lovy (Londonderry, N.H.) were sixth in the 400 yard medley relay (4:16.04). The tandem of Lovy, Murphy, Kovach and freshman Katherine Ferri (Springfield, Mass.) rounded out the Corsair all-New England honoree list with a seventh place finish in the 400 yard freestyle relay (3:50.25). Roger Williams took top team honors in the competition with a score of 1,519 points, as the Hawks bested runner-up Simmons (1,426) and third place Keene State (1,094).
On the men’s side, juniors Justin Chung (Roslindale, Mass.) and Noah Yeskewicz (Middleboro, Mass.) each earned three all-New England accolades for their performances over the weekend. Chung registered respective fifth, sixth and seventh place finishes in the 200 yard (2:17.01), 100 yard (1:01.91) and 50 yard breaststroke (28.22), while Yeskewicz was seventh in the 100 yard butterfly (54.46) and eighth in both the 50 (25.01) and 200 yard butterfly (2:07.65). Junior Dodhy Saint-Amand (Brockton, Mass.) added fourth and fifth place performances in the 3 meter (356.35) and 1 meter (324.30) diving competitions for UMass Dartmouth, which received fourth and sixth place finishes from sophomore Nathan Motisi (Ellington, Conn.) in the 1000 (10:12.35) and 500 yard freestyle (4:55.97).
Junior Cameron DiBenedetto (East Freetown, Mass.) collected fourth and seventh place performances in the 200 (2:02.01) and 50 yard backstroke (26.37) for the Corsairs, who received sixth and eighth place finishes from senior Kyle MacKenzie (Londonderry, N.H.) in the 200 yard butterfly (2:06.46) and 200 yard freestyle (1:50.80). Freshman Devon Foster (Northbridge, Mass.) placed seventh in the 200 yard backstroke (2:05.93) for UMass Dartmouth, which saw five relay teams earned all-New England honors. The quartet of Motisi, MacKenzie, senior Stephen Barrett (Longmeadow, Mass.) and sophomore Eric Worden (Portland, Maine) finished third in the 800 yard freestyle relay (7:18.22), while the tandem of DiBenedetto, Chung, Yeskewicz and Worden places fifth in the 400 yard medley relay (3:41.02).
DiBenedetto, Chung, Yeskewicz and Foster teamed up for a fifth place performance in the 200 yard medley relay (1:40.86), while Worden, Barrett, MacKenzie and Foster were fifth in the 200 yard freestyle relay (1:31.79). The quartet of Barrett, Worden, Foster and MacKenzie rounded out the Corsair All-New England performances with a sixth place finish in the 400 yard freestyle relay (3:20.55), as Roger Williams also claimed the team crown on the men’s side with a score of 1,041 points to top runner-up Keene State (588) and third place Norwich (541) for the title.