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Smith putting more weight on butterfly at UMass

Le Moyne's Delaney dives right in for quick success

Colleges

January 21, 2004|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Dylan Smith is content in his University of Massachusetts swimming world.

Of course, being an integral part of the three-time defending Atlantic 10 champion makes life easier to take in Amherst these days. Smith, a junior 200-yard butterfly standout from Loyola High, has been around for two of the championship rides and he seems intent on being an even bigger factor this season.

"I've changed my training to emphasize weights more this season," Smith said. "This year, I'm concentrating more on the fly events instead of the freestyles."

He went out Nov. 22 and broke the UMass pool record in the 200 fly with a personal-best time of 1 minute, 50.81 seconds, leading the Minutemen to a 156-138 victory over St. John's in the third meet of the season.

It was also the second-fastest 200 fly time in school history.

Last week, Smith, 6 feet 2, was honored by the Atlantic 10 and Eastern College Athletic Conference as the Swimmer of the Week for winning two events at the Rhode Island Invitational.

He captured the 200-yard fly (1.54.13) and 100-yard fly (52.16), leading the Minutemen to a second-place finish in the Invitational.

Smith came back last weekend in the team's first dual-meet loss of the season with a first-place effort in the 200 fly (1.54.87) and second-place finishes in the 200 free (1.44.84) and the 100 fly (51.67).

The 151-135 loss to Southern Connecticut State left UMass with a 3-1 dual meet mark this season.

However, it was an impressive victory in the 200-yard fly race in the Atlantic 10 championships last February that provided him the most satisfaction.

He finished in 1.51.20, which at the time was the third-fastest time in school history and was better than his winning times in the past two meets.

"My goal is to break the school record [1.50.07] in the 200 fly," Smith said. "The reason for the slower regular-season times is you don't shave down until a championship meet and you have more rest for the conference championships."

Another Baltimore-area swimmer, junior Jad Vonderheid (Broadneck), was scheduled to be a member of this season's team, but is being redshirted for medical reasons while being treated for a blood clot in his shoulder.

Delaney a natural

Pat Delaney's remarkable 10-week transformation from a starting midfielder on the Le Moyne College men's soccer team to a top diver has resulted in a surprisingly quick honor for the junior from Old Mill High.

Delaney has been selected as the Northeast 10 Conference diver of the week after finishing second in the 1-meter competition with a score of 208.55 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Kumpf Invitational.

"There are some people who have such a natural kinesthetic gift," said Le Moyne swimming and diving coach Joe Hannah. "It is found every once in a great while and Pat Delaney has it. He has put in three or four years of experience in 10 weeks. His progress is unbelievable."

Delaney was discovered last summer by Hannah while the midfielder cooled off in a pool during soccer summer camp. Delaney had not even thought about competing on the diving team until his potential was spotted by Hannah.

Le Moyne is a Division II school in Syracuse, N.Y.

Et cetera

Ohio State senior hurdler Joel Brown (Woodlawn) is competing unattached this indoors season because he has no indoors eligibility remaining. However, the four-time Big Ten hurdles champion does have one outdoors season of eligibility left. ... Gettysburg junior basketball guard Kyle Jakobe (McDonogh) is third in the Centennial Conference in three-point shooting (hitting 48.0 percent on 36 of 75), and stands fourth in the league in three-pointers made with 2.57 a game. Jakobe, 6-3, is averaging 12.9 points a game for the Bullets (3-4 in the league, 7-7 overall). ... Jen Bengel (Roland Park) is a close second in the Centennial Conference women's scoring race with a 16.3 average for Gettysburg, trailing Swarthmore's Katie Robinson (16.5). Bengel is a 5-10 sophomore forward.

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