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The Massachusetts men and women swimming teams open up season

The Massachusetts men and women swimming teams open up season

The Massachusetts men and women's swimming and diving teams hosted the opening season against Boston University meet on Saturday afternoon. The Men, champions of five straight Atlantic 10 competitions, which showed fight in their first encounter, which leading to the end and rising with a rare tie, with 149-149. The Women on the other hand, struggled a bit against a fast BU team and fell 177-122.

The men started strong with the 200-yard medley relay. Luong Hao's team, Chris Inglis, Colin Mulcahy and Peter Sacco led the complete race and completed with a time of 1:35.18, in excess of three and a half seconds better than second BU quartet. In men, 1,000-yard freestyle, Alec Pokornowski of BU conquered the event with 9:47.45, concluding almost three quarters of a lap in front of second position, Joey Sbordone, the Minutemen senior captain.

After running in 1000, Sbordone rapidly jumped reverse into the pool and participated at the next event, the 200-yard freestyle. Following trailing by three laps, Sbordone took a turn and went down the stretch. He reached BU to Cole Puchi and the two were neck and neck before he was hit by Sbordone nearly three tenths of a second victory.

Coach Russ Yarworth has taught me the proper way to swim the 200 free by not to get too eager in the first 100 of the event and come back tougher in the second half," said by Sbordone. "The BU swimmer had a grand race, however once finished his move I recognized there was some more 50 left to try to find the next step, and prepared my move in the very last 25."