Two engineering students led the UMass men's swimming team to its fourth-straight Atlantic-10 Championship on February 20 at the Flickinger Aquatics Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
Senior mechanical engineering major Juan Moliere, from San Juan, Puerto Rico, swam a personal best in the 100-meter freestyle, notching a time of 45.23 to take the silver medal and place him third on the UMass all-time list, and adding to the gold he won in the 50-meter freestyle earlier in the weekend. He also anchored the 400-meter freestyle relay team that set a school record of 3:01.40 for the event.
Senior mechanical engineering major Michael Berthaume, from Hampden, Massachusetts, had a first-place in the 100-meter butterfly and a third-place in the 200-meter butterfly. Berthaume also blazed to a 48.3 butterfly split in the 400-meter medley relay to set the stage for freestyle anchorman Moliere, who, according to one observer, “had to hold off Duquesne stud Ed LeBlanc and did just that with a smokin’ 44.45 on my watch!”
The Minutemen, who are by far the most successful team in Atlantic-10 swimming, have now won the conference title in 12 out of the 16 years since the beginning of the conference championship. Besides winning four in a row, the Minutemen have also won nine A-10 titles in 10 years, including every title since 2001 except for the 2006 season. (February 2010)