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Fall 2014 Newsletter

Greetings from Amherst!  The semester is up and moving…as are all the swimmers.  We’re just beginning our second full week of practice and things are starting to come together as the boys get acclimated to going to class and getting to practice.

A good first few days ended in tough shirts being awarded to Junior Alessandro Bomprezzi  (Rome, Italy) and Freshman Ollie Wyeth (Wellington, NZ) for leading the 10 x 100 on 1:15 test set (Both averaged :55.6!).  Sophomore Ian Wilson (Duxbury, MA) was voted the second week’s tough shirt with an all-around animal intensity in the pool and dry land activities.

Speaking of dry land activities we’ve welcomed a completely new strength and conditioning staff this season and they have the boys cracking in there.  We’ve been going for a full hour after two hours of swimming (on M W F) with some very innovative work including full body exercise, core work, and flexibility and strength training with stretch bands, as well as some conventional lifting…very intense!

Following are a few announcements for alumni:


We’re hoping to see a few (a lot?) of our swimming and diving alumni trek out to Amherst for the Homecoming Football game on Saturday Sept. 27 at 3:00 PM vs. Bowling Green.  This will be their first football game in the stadium in three years.  Although they haven’t won a game yet, new Head Coach Mark Whipple has them knocking on the door and improving each week.  We’ll have team practice in the morning from 7:00 – 10:00 AM if anyone is in town early and wants to stop by the pool.

You can obtain tickets through the following link:

Promo code is: UMSWIM

There will be a general alumni tent set up for all to use…also if people are going to tailgate let me know and we’ll try to get everyone in the same area.


With the NCAA passing the ‘unlimited meals’ rule I’ve been able to use your generous alumni donations to buy a refrigerator and cabinet for the locker room.  We keep these stocked with Energy and protein bars and drinks, juice, chocolate milk, and other snacks.  The athletes can access them for a between class snack or after practice bite to eat and the opportunity has been welcomed by the kids.  Many thanks to all our alumni contributors, as this is a completely alumni sponsored program.  If we have anyone out there in the food service industry who can donate bulk goods please get in touch, or if anyone wishes to make a monetary donation to the cause you can donate on-line at the following link:


We’ve got a tough Fall schedule (attached) staring at us with perennial powers Army, Boston University, and Brown, as well as rival Binghamton all lined up.  We’ll finish the Fall competitive segment with our annual trip to Boston for the Terrier Invitational.  We’ll also  host our annual alumni social on Saturday November 22 in Boston during the Terrier Invite.  More details to follow.


Many thanks to all of our loyal and supportive alumni for the contributions they continue to make to our program.  Below is a link to make on-line donations.  Many alumni are now taking the monthly credit card donation option.  Just think, if all of our alumni could find a way to donate just $10 or $20 per month our list of over 500 former athletes could possibly generate between $60000 and $120,000 per year for the team!

Please consider this monthly plan or making a one-time donation.  UMass Swimming and Diving relies on your support to continue operating at the competitive level we have become accustomed to.  Although you may not pull on the old swim suit anymore you are still a big part of the program – Once a UMass Swimmer (Diver), Always a UMass Swimmer (Diver)!!


I’m proud to announce that UMass Swimming and Diving is now an ADIDAS sponsored program.  They’ve come out with an awesome product line of training suits, goggles, apparel, and technical suits and we are very proud to be wearing them.  I encourage you all (if you’re still ‘in the swim’) to look at their product line at


That’s all for now.



Posted in Men's Swimming Update.

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:

Let the UMass Aquatics Alumni network help you! Contact, or to let people know what you have to offer.



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.