DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Sophomore Maddie Kovach (Oxford, Conn.) captured a pair of individual titles in the 100 and 200 yard backstroke, as UMass Dartmouth finished as the runner-up for a second straight year at the 2020 Little East Conference Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships Saturday afternoon at the Tripp Natatorium.
Kovach repeated as league champion in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:14.40, and she vaulted to the top of the conference in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:01.57 after finishing second in the event as a rookie. Kovach earned second team all-Little East accolades in the 200 yard individual medley (2:18.49), as freshman teammate Morgan Beebe (Ellington, Conn.) also posted a pair of second team all-conference performances in the 100 (1:03.87) and 200 yard (2:25.76) butterfly during the competition.
The quartet of Kovach, Beebe and seniors Sarah Murphy (Braintree, Mass.) and Kayla Lovy (Londonderry, N.H.) earned second team all-league honors in the 200 yard medley relay with a time of 1:57.66, while the tandem of senior Alissa Hall (Westboro, Mass.), junior Tara Clark (Southgate, Mich.) and freshmen Katherine Ferri (Springfield, Mass.) & Danielle Klash (Gardner, Mass.) garnered second team all-Little East accolades in the 400 yard freestyle relay with a time of 4:05.91.
Corsair Head Coach Cathy Motta was named as the Little East Coach of the Year for the second straight season and the fifth time in the last seven campaigns, as UMass Dartmouth posted a team score of 307 points to finish as the runner-up to Keene State (556) in the final standings. The Owls collected their 14th straight conference crown dating back to 2006.
The Corsair men’s squad finished second to Keene State in the inaugural Little East Invitational, the Owls posted a score of 569 points to top UMass Dartmouth’s total of 454 points in the competition. Sophomore Nathan Motisi (Ellington, Conn.) was second in both the 500 (5:06.99) and 1650 freestyle (17:42.26) for the hosts, who received respective runner-up performances from juniors Cameron DiBenedetto (East Freetown, Mass.), Noah Yeskewicz (Middleboro, Mass.) and Justin Chung (Roslindale, Mass.) in the 200 yard backstroke (2:10.36), 200 yard butterfly (2:07.20) and 100 yard breaststroke (1:01.99). Sophomore Eric Worden (Portland, Maine) was second in the 200 yard freestyle (1:52.61) for the Corsairs, who also received a runner-up finish from freshman Devon Foster (Northbridge, Mass.) in the 50 yard freestyle (23.54).
The quartet of DiBenedetto, Chung, Yeskewicz and Foster took top honors in the 200 yard medley relay (1:42.12) for UMass Dartmouth, while the tandem of Motisi, Worden, senior Stephen Barrett (Longmeadow, Mass.) and freshman Jonathan Colascione (West Islip, N.Y.) finished second in the 400 yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:30.31.
Both UMass Dartmouth teams return to action on Thursday, February 13th at the 2020 NEISDA Championships at the University of Rhode Island.
(Courtesy Photo: Darryl Konicki, Little East Associate Commissioner)