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Beach Bocce Champions – Tawzcynski & Schmidt

A small but enthusiastic group of Men’s and Women’s alumni trekked to Marconi Beach for the annual Alumni Beach and Bocce Day last Saturday August 9.  Beautiful weather welcomed everyone to Marconi Beach in Wellfleet.

The 13 Team tournament was hotly contested and featured the surprise pairing of BJ Brannan and Coach Russ Yarworth.  They blew through the winners bracket and waited for their eventual challengers to surface from the losers’ bracket of the double elimination event.  Pete Tawzcynski and Brian Schmidt overcame a talented group to emerge for the finals.  Last year’s contenders Tim Smith and Chris Howard made a great showing and some of the other squads put up great efforts.

Brannan and Yarworth had easily dismissed Pete and Brian in the first round witha 15-4 drubbing.  Not intimidated at all by that loss that pair came into the final round and knocked off the veterans 21-17 and 21-19.  THis marked the third time Tawzcynski gets to place his name on the trophy, each time with a different partner, and matching Yarworth.  A dejected Brannan and Yarworth vowed to come back next year with a vengeance while Tawzcyski basked in the glow of another victory with his new partner .

2014 Beach Bocce

Some of the group got together at various establishments after the beach day to socialize and reminisce.  Sunday again saw the groups at various local beaches and ponds as the weekend came to a close.

Next on the alumni schedule is the Homecoming Weekend Football game in Amherst on Sept. 27 and then the Alumni Social in Boston during the Terrier Invitational on Saturday Nov. 22.

Posted in Men's Swimming Update.

Last Minute Cape Cod rental deal!

Eastham houseUMass swimming alumnus Matt Getty has a house to rent in Eastham that’s available to rent next week. Here’s the info: 3 bedroom, 1 bath with outdoor shower on a half acre.  A block from the Cape Cod National Seashore Visitor’s Center and bike trail.  Two miles to Coast Guard Beach.  It’s available from 12 July to 18 July. $600 for UMass Aquatics Alumni! Here’s a link to the house website. If you’re interested, you can contact Matt:

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Posted in Men's Swimming Update.

Annual Beach & Bocce Weekend: August 8 – 10

champsCome on down to Wellfleet and enjoy some time on the beach with friends and alumni! Watch Chris Arsenault and Pete Tawczynski try to defend their Bocce Title from last year.

Friday evening, August 8  
Stop in at the Local Break in Eastham to throw down a few and start off the weekend. Call your friends to make plans for time to meet!

Saturday August 9, 12:00 Noon 
Beach and Bocce at Marconi Beach in Wellfleet.

If there is enough interest after the beach day we’ll get together for the annual beach bonfire off Ocean View Drive in Wellfleet.  If you need directions check with us at the Bocce Tourney!

Sunday August 10
Brunch, Beach and Cocktails–By arrangement…

on the beach

Posted in Men's Swimming Update.


Hey Gang.  Here’s a list of upcoming Alumni Events.  More info to follow!  Hope to see you at one (or all) of them.

Friday and Saturday, August 8-9, 2014 – Cape Cod Reunion – Come and join us on the Cape for some relaxing time on the beach and a bocce tournament.
Saturday, September 27, 2014 – Homecoming Football Tailgate.  Come back to campus for what will be a crazy weekend.  Football returns to campus and Homecoming for the first time in two years.  We will have an area for you to use as your home base to meet.

Saturday, November 22, 2014 – Terrier Invitational Gathering.  Come to Boston to watch your team compete in the Terrier Invitational and join us at a local establishment for food and refreshments.

Friday and Saturday, April 24-25, 2015 – Alumni Weekend on Campus.  We have had to move this a week earlier as the students are in exams the first weekend of May.  We have our usual assortment of events over the weekend.  If you have any suggestions as to what you would like to do that weekend I would love to hear them.

Posted in Men's Swimming Update.

Alumni Weekend 2014

Golfers (l to r): Mike Herald, Brad Sloan, Jordan Guttrich, Joe Sbordon, Kyle Jennings, Derek Castellana, Matt Grippo, Chris Howard, Tim Smith.
Not pictured: Mandy Hixon, Russ Yarworth

The annual Alumni Reunion was a great success last weekend. Approximately thirty alumni and friends started the weekend off with a cocktail reception at Russ and Sue’s house in Belchertown. Later Friday evening the group met up with women’s team alumnae at The Harp.

On Saturday we had a group of golfers finish 18 holes at Mill Valley in Belchertown. After the golf everyone headed to Stackers Pub in downtown Amherst where host Brian Stahl (UM’99) provided food, drink, and a great atmosphere.

In all, over $6000 was pledged to UMass Men’s Swimming and Diving. This kind of support from generous alumni helps make our program continue to thrive, and is much appreciated!


Posted in Men's Swimming Update.