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Season Wraps Up With Annual Awards Banquet

The Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Teams held their Annual Awards Banquet on Sunday April 13 at the Marriott Room in the Campus Center at UMass.  Over 170 people attended and helped celebrate another successful year for the teams.

The Men’s team finished the year with a strong 2nd place showing at the Atlantic 10 Championships.  This marked the 16th consecutive season that UMass has been either first or 2nd in the Conference – certainly an impressive run!  Coach Yarworth began the ceremonies by recognizing the team for developing a tremendous positive team culture.  Always a strong point for UMass Swimming and Diving this year’s team attitude and effort was tremendous.  After recognizing and thanking his coaching staff of Assistants John Nunnelly and Beau Garufi as well as Diving coach Mandy Hixon,  Coach Yarworth went on to review some of the pertinent highlights from the year.

These highlights included:

*  Chris Inglis and Alessandro Bomprezzzi reaching NCAA B cuts in the 200 and 500 Freestyles respectivelly.

Josh Koppel

*  Josh Koppel winning both boards at the A10′s and being named to the Atlantic 10 All Scholastic team

*  Establishing new school records in the 800 Free Relay and 200 Medley Relay on the first night of A10 Competition

*  Setting two new freshman records (Heath Magin 400 IM 3:57.30 and Ben SLoan 200 Fly 1:49.14

* Placing 23 new times by 13 different swimmers in the UMass All Time Top Ten List

Next up was the senior recognition ceremony with the awarding of the engraved Swiss Army Knives.  Chris Inglis, Troy Nichols, Jordan Guttrich, and Matt Grippo have all given their hearts and souls to UMass Swimming over the past four years.  I’m proud to be their coach and proud to have them join the ranks of UMass Swimming and Diving alumni!

Individual awards followed.  They were:

MVP:  Alessandro Bomprezzi,

Most Improved:  Jonny Dray,

S.T.U.D. Award:  Michael Glenn

Alessandro Bomprezzi

Matt Grippo


Diver Dude:  Josh Koppel

Rookie of the Year :  Heath Maginn

Heath Maginn

Iron Man Award:  Joe Woodman

Coaches’ Award:  Brian Stiles

Minuteman Award: Matt Grippo

Brian Stiles

Captains for next year are Michael Glenn and Ryan Bobianski.  The banquet ended with the seniors presenting this coach with a crossbow for an end of season gift.  I’m sure I’ll be using it to abuse next year’s freshmen!

Posted in Men's Swimming Update.

Spring Reunion Set for May 2 – 4

Spring Reunion Set for May 2 – 4

Our Annual UMass Aquatics Reunion is planned for the first weekend in May.  We’re hoping to see a great turnout and have a nice weekend of activities planned.  Following is a tentative timeline for the weekend:

DONATION DAY – Saturday May 3

If you can’t make it to Amherst please make it to your computer or checkbook to make a donation to the Swimming and Diving Program!

Link for on-line donations:

Friday May 2

6:00 PM          Reception @  Yarworths. 49 Plaza Ave, Belchertown

Beer, Wine and Appetizers will be provided.  Please BYOB to help the cause.  Great time to reconnect and ‘warm up’ for the weekend.

10:00 PM        Meet at The Harp (formerly Mike’s Westview Café)

Saturday May 3

8:30 AM           Golf Outing – Mill Valley Country Club, Belchertown, MA

Contact:           Details TBA

Cost:                  Greens Fees

11:00 AM        Open pool @ Boyden for Family Swim etc.

Women’s Varsity vs. Alumni Softball Game @ Boyden Field

2:00 PM          Alumni Social @Stacker’s Pub, 57 N. Pleasant St., Amherst

Proprietor Brian Stahl will host a social at his establishment.  Food and drink will be available for purchase with free appetizers and other specials!  We’ll get a chance to brag about our college swimming accomplishments, golf scores during the tourney, and home runs hit at the softball game.

Note:  If there is advance  interest, the women’s swimmers will provide child care services at one of the off-campus houses from 2:00 – 5:00 PM.

Evening Activities to Follow!!

Posted in Men's Swimming Update.

Minutemen Claim 2nd at A10 Championships

Josh Koppel

After holding on to the top spot for the first two days of competition the Minutemen couldn’t hang on as St. Bonaventure powered through the sprint events to win their second consecutive title.  UMass has now finished First or Second in the Conference for 14 consecutive years!

A strong performance by the Diving squad put UMass in First place after Day 1.  Sophomore Josh Koppel gained the gold medal in the 1 Meter Event while his teammates filled the top ten with scoring places!  Our 800 Free Relay and our 200 Medley Relay both finished third in School Record times to put a cap on the first evening.

Alessandro Bomprezzi started off Day 2 with a wire to wire victory in the 500 Free in an NCAA B cut time (4:24.79) while Ryan Bobianski, Chris Inglis, and Ben Sloan all racked up strong points in the IM.  Sprinters Wiktor Karpinski (:20.63) and John Conway (:20.72) led the way for adding to our point total in the 50 Free as we ended the Day 2 evening session with a slight lead.

SBU came storming out of the gates on Friday, getting victories in the 200 Free, 100 Fly, and 5 in the top ten of the 100 Breast.  UMass tried to answer with strong swims in the 400 IM by Heath Maginn, Mike Glenn, Ryan Bobianski, and Evan Sholudko as well as  a bronze medal effort by Chris Inglis in the 200 Free and top eight finishes by Brian Stiles and Bomprezzi in the same event.  Our divers returned to the boards for the 3 Meter and despite the boys efforts (Gold for Koppel, Bronze for Nolan Burns, top ten for the other three boys) we were staring at a 70 point deficit at the end of the day.

Our milers started off Saturday evening with a strong 3-4-6 finish and we finished the evening with great 200 Fly swims (Sloan – 1:49, Luong – 1:50, and Maginn -1:50) but it wasn’t enough to get us back in the meet as SBU won their second consecutive A10 Championship at our expense.  Third place went to Conference newcomer George Mason.  With Davidson entering the fray next year the competition is only going to get stronger for the team title.

All in all a great season for UMass Swimming and Diving.  Diving Coach Mandy Hixon was elected Diving Coach of the Year and Josh Koppel gained Diver of the Year honors.  Ben Sloan broke the freshman record in the 200 Butterfly as did Heath Maginn in the 400 IM.  Hao Luong set a new mark in the 200 Backstroke and this coach was extremely proud of the team’s attitude and effort all year long!

Posted in Men's Swimming Update.

UMass Hangs Onto Second Place

Despite some tough performances by the swimmers and a dominating effort by the divers we’ve fallen into second place after this evening’s session. SBU posted some great swims as they won the 100 fly, 200 Free, 100 Back and the 400 Medley Relay.  Standout performances for UMass included Chris Inglis winning the bronze in the 200 Free and Heath Maginn taking the consolation final with a great 3:57 400 IM!


Posted in Men's Swimming Update.

UMass Clings to One Point Lead After Day 2

The Bonnie’s put on a furious charge by winning 3 of the four events contested tonight to close in on the Minutemen (243-242). St. Bona venture won the 200 IM, 50 Free, and 200 Free Relay.   The other event of the night, the 500 Free was won by our own Alessandro Bomprezzi.  A major factor for the Umass squad was our depth as all but one swimmer who was entered in an event today scored points.  Chris Inglis powered from behind to win the consolation heat of the 200 IM to match Alessandro for tough swim of the night.  Equally cool was John Conway dropping from a :21.06 which required a swim off for 16th to a :20.74 in the Mano a Mano dual!

Were gonna bring our A game tomorrow and also will see our divers back on the boards.  Great meet so far….stay tuned.

Posted in Men's Swimming Update.