AMHERST, Massachusetts, October 15. FACING a nine-point deficit with the 400-yard freestyle relay remaining, the Boston University men's swimming and diving team took first and third place to pull out a 149-149 draw against Massachusetts in its season opener on the road.
In total, the Terriers won eight of the 16 events with the help of seven individuals and a relay team.
Freshman Alec Pokornowski earned the first victory for BU in his first race as a Terrier by posting a time of 9:47.45 in the 1,000 free. Sophomore Andrew Guinther helped BU reel off four straight wins in the pool by capturing the 100 breaststroke at 59.57.
Sophomore Jeff Thomas and senior Daniel Kempf followed with victories in the 200 fly (1:55.36) and 50 free (21.39), respectively. Freshman Cole Puchi capped it in the 100 free with a time of 47.66.
Later in the dual meet, Guinther returned to win the 200 breaststroke (2:11.36) by 0.26 seconds, and sophomore Nik Astashinskiy placed first in the 200 IM to help pull BU within nine points with the 400 free relay remaining.
Kempf, Puchi, freshman Ryan Bach and senior Jackson Hill posted a time of 3:09.40 for a two-second victory over UMass. The Minutemen took second by a three-second margin, but the Terriers' next relay team captured the two critical points by one second for third place behind the efforts of junior Riley Kammer, Pokornowski, freshman Connor Stuewe and freshman Lincoln Kupke.
After earning the draw, the Terriers will next host Binghamton on Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Competition Pool. Action is set to start at 1:30 p.m.
After dropping the first event, the Boston University women's swimming and diving team reeled off five straight wins en route to a 177-122 victory at Massachusetts on Saturday afternoon.
The Terriers won a total of 10 events, led by sophomore Kendra Cheng capturing the 100 and 200-yard freestyle races at 52.49 and 1:52.89, respectively. In the final event of the day, she teamed with sophomore Meaghan Grimes, freshman Alexsa Savage and junior Lauren Drake to win the 400 free relay by 0.37 seconds over UMass.
Savage led a Terrier sweep in the 200 back with a winning time of 2:09.32, as senior Francesca Ferrante and junior Kara Zebrowski placed second and third, respectively. BU earned another sweep in the 100 fly behind the efforts of junior Liz Floyd(58.25), Cheng and freshman Katie Kenney.
In other races, Zebrowski won the 100 back (59.35), Grimes captured the 500 free (5:06.73) and junior Megan Happ proved to have the most endurance in the 1,000 free (10:38.22) with a seven-second victory.
A day after winning two breaststroke races against Houston, junior Kristen Connors captured the 100 breaststroke against UMass' Katie Arnott by 0.13 seconds. Senior Amanda Schmitz was also victorious in the 200 fly (2:08.21).
Holding a 1-1 record, the Terriers will have two weeks of training before hosting fellow America East member Binghamton on Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Competition Pool. The dual meet will begin at 1:30 p.m.
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