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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.

Greg Trayer Fundraising for Cancer Research


UMass Aquatics Family:

Greg Trayer

One of your fellow brothers needs your help!  Greg Trayer (UMass Water Polo 1998-2002) has a very rare & unique opportunity, and I’m hoping you might be able to help him out.  As most of you know, but some of you may not, Greg is a cancer survivor.  He was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2002, about 4 months after finishing up his water polo career at UMass.  Fortunately, all went well with the chemo & radiation, and Greg has been in remission for over 11 years now.  Since that time he’s gotten very involved with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), who raises money for cancer research. In fact, over the past 12 years, with the help of Greg’s family & friends he’s been able to raise over $150,000 for this great cause!

Here’s where that rare & unique opportunity comes in…each year LLS has what they call the Man of the Year Award.  It’s a select group of individuals that compete in a 10-week long fundraising competition where every dollar raised counts as a vote, and the person with the most votes wins!  Here’s the cool part…any person that can raise $50,000 or more during the campaign gets a cancer research grant in their name/honor, and that entire $50,000 gets donated to the cancer research of their choosing.  On top of the research grant, as you might imagine being an athlete…Greg just wants to win!!

Therefore, I’m asking for any donation you might be willing to make to support Greg on this journey.  Unfortunately, cancer hits far too many of us, and Greg is trying to do his part to put an end to this disease…let’s have the UMass Aquatics family join him in this fight!  There are 2 ways you can make a contribution:

1)  You can write a check made out to Greg Trayer and send it to 43 Pierremont, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656.  Greg will be able to provide you with a donation receipt form for you to use for tax purposes.

2)  You can make donations online at Greg’s fundraising page:

All donations must be received by May 15th.  Even if you write your check to Greg, I would encourage you to visit his fundraising page to read a little more about his journey.  You can also follow his campaign at

I’m sure many of you have other organizations that are important to you, or that you already donate to, so if you can’t contribute I understand.  However, any donation you’d be willing to make would be greatly appreciated!  No donation is too small, as every little bit helps me get Greg to his lofty goal of $50,000.

Thanks in advance for your support…JA MASS!!

Posted in Men's Swimming Update.