UMass Splits With Fordham

In their final dual meet of the season the Minutemen claimed a 176.5-120.5 victory over Fordham while the Minutewomen fell just short to the Rams by a score of 179-109. This was the second time so far this season that either team has faced an Atlantic 10 opponent and both teams have seen success in both competitions. The Minutemen have finished on top in both outings while the Minutewomen have defeated George Washington and Rhode Island.

The Minutemen notched numerous first-place finishes against the Rams, and were led by freshman Joey Sbordon (Franklin, Mass.) as he finished the day with three top finishes for the fourth time this season. Sbordon earned first in the 200 free (1:44.98), 500 free (4:42.93), and 1000 free (9:46.55). The freshman now has 21 individual wins on the season and has not been beaten in the 500 and 1000 free events.

Juniors Juan Moliere (San Juan, Puerto Rico) and Mike Berthaume (Hampden, Mass.) also added top finishes for the Minutemen as Moliere took first in the 50 free (21.56) and 100 free (47.32), while Berthaume took the top spot in the 100 fly (51.27) and tied for first with Fordham’s Ryan Coombs in the 200 fly (1:01.66). Sophomore Max Butler (Duxbury, Mass.) earned two first-place finishes as well: 200 back (1:54.62) and 200 IM (2:00.10), while also earning a second-place finish in the 100 back (52.59).

Freshman Jason Cook (Amherst, Mass.) continued to dominate the diving board as he earned first-place in both diving events for the sixth time this season, scoring 317.10 in the one-meter and 340.58 in the three-meter. The Minutemen swept the three-meter dive as Adam Duffield took second, Byron Johnson placed third, and Zach Clark finished fourth behind Cook.

The Minutewomen had a day for third-place finishes, notching nine of them against the Rams. Junior Elizabeth Walsh (Marshfield, Mass) tallied three third-place finishes against the Rams: 200 free (1:56.66), 100 back (1:01.91), and 200 back (2:09.69). Senior captain Christa Narus (Stony Brook, Mass.) and sophomore Meghan Nowak (Medway, Mass.) earned two third-place finishes apiece, Narus’ came in the 200 fly and 100 free while Nowak notched third in the 100 and 200 breast events.

Senior leader Karen Upperco (Titusville, N.J.) brought home both diving events as she finished first in the one-meter (264.08) and the three meter (293.85) with teammate and classmate Sarah Horstmann (Hockessin, Del.) right behind her in each event with scores of 230.55 and 211.28 in the respective events.

The women’s swim team will return to the pool on Saturday, Feb. 7, as they head to the Kingston, R.I. to compete at the New England Invitational while both the men’s and women’s diving team will be in West Point, N.Y., competing in the Army Diving Invitational.