Weekly Roundup: Swimming and Diving makes waves at Championships

After participating in the four-day meet, the Boston University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams swept the America East Championship on Sunday night at BU’s Competition Pool. This marked the first time since 1994 that both teams won the title in the same year.

Two different BU athletes also received honors after the meet.

Junior diver Melinda Matyas, who won the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events, was named the Diver of the Meet for the third consecutive season. Matyas has remained undefeated in both events during the three America East Championships in which she has participated.

Meanwhile, freshman Connor Stuewe was named Rookie of the Meet. Stuewe was a member of three winning relay teams, and he captured two second-place finishes as well as a fourth-place finish.

The Men’s Coaches Award also went to BU as head coach Bill Smyth, assistant coach Jen Strasburger and diving coach Agnes Gerlach-Miller were honored.

Women’s hockey

The BU women’s hockey team also received recognition this week as the league announced that senior Kasey Boucher was given the Hockey East Best Defenseman Award, and freshman forward Kayla Tutino was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team.

Boucher, an assistant captain, has played in 34 games this season. She goes into the Hockey East semifinals on Saturday with a plus-17 rating and 15 points. Boucher is the second Terrier to earn this award, following in the steps of former Terrier Catherine Ward, who won it last year.

Tutino, who has played in 35 games, is third on the team in goals with 16. She only trails senior captain Jenn Wakefield (26) and junior forward Isabel Menard (17) in the Terriers’ goal column this year. Tutino ranks third among league rookies in points and goals.

Wakefield and Menard also received Hockey East honors yesterday, as Wakefield was named the Hockey East Scoring Champion, and Menard was named the Player of the Month.

Wakefield, who earned her 200th point over the weekend, and Menard, who tallied 17 points in February, had multi-point efforts during BU’s decisive 9-1 win over the University of New Hampshire in the Hockey East quarterfinal on Sunday.

Tennis

The BU men’s and women’s tennis teams both struggled this weekend with the men’s team losing its seventh straight and the women’s team dropping both of its meets.

The men’s team (0-7), which concluded a three-match homestand, fell to Fordham University (10-2) Sunday afternoon at the Tennis and Track Center. The Terriers took two singles matches and one doubles match.

Meanwhile, the women’s team (4-2) lost two matches for the first time this season.

On Friday the Terriers fell to No. 69 Harvard University (2-4). Sophomore Leonie-Charlotte Athanasiadis and junior Jessi Linero each won a singles match, capturing the Terriers’ only two wins on the day.

The Terriers witnessed a similar outcome on Sunday when they faced off against Furman University (3-5). The Terriers only won a single contest on the day – a doubles win by senior Monika Mical and freshman Sami Lieb.

Track and Field

The BU men’s and women’s track and field teams competed in the New England Championships this past weekend at BU’s Track and Tennis Center.

The men’s team finished 10th out of 34 teams, earning a total of 26 points. Senior Joel Senick broke the school and meet record in the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:01.62. Senick finished second in the event.

BU also claimed second place in the mile, thanks to senior Matt Paulson’s time of 4:02.87, and in the 4×400-meter relay, in which the Terriers finished with a time of 3:11.05.

The women’s team, which earned 24 points during the two-day meet, finished 13th out of 35 teams. The 4×800-meter relay team, which broke the meet record (8:58.73), came in second with a time of 8:56.13.

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