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Champions!

A total team effort from swimmers, divers, coaches,parents, adminstrators, and alumni.  The UMass Swimming and Diving family has brought the trophy back to Amherst.  We defeated a very talented and well coached St. Bonaventure squad after three and one half days of tremendous competition.

The meet was secured by a 1-3-4 finish by our divers in the 3 Meter event – truly a clutch performance that earned Mandy Hixon Coach of the Year once again.  Alessandro Bomprezzi took home Swimmer of the Meet honors and the coaching staff brought home the Coach of the Year trophy.

Thanks to all our parents, alumni and friends for all the support!

Go UMass!

Posted in Men's Swimming Update.


Finals Breakout!

Although we lost some ground to SBU and watched George Mason creep up on us it was still a great evening of UMass Swimming.

Our 400 IMers struggled a bit but pulled in some nice points.  The consolation final of the 200 Free started things off for us.  Brian Stiles had his breakout swim we’d been waiting for as he led wire to wire in a 1:37.99.  He was followed by a 2-4 finish in the main final by Alessandro and Owen in 1:37 and 1:38!

Consolation  final magic followed as Ryan Bobianski smoked the field in a :55.4 and then Mike Glenn posted an NCAA B cut :55.10 in the main final.  Consolation kings continued as  greatly improved Ian Wilson went :50.03 with a great last 25 to win it and Ollie and Hao were 3-6 in the A Final.

We’ve got a lot of big morning swims coming up. Stay tuned.

Posted in Men's Swimming Update.


4:19.75!!!!!!!

Alessandro Bomprezzi hit the afterburners at the 100 mark in tonight’s 500 Freestyle final, split a 25.52 for that 50 on the way to a 1:41.96 200 split as he set the A-10 Cnference record with his smoking 4:19.75 swim! Not to be outdone freshman Oliver Wwyeth followed him for a 1-2 sweep in a very quick 4:25.75.

We were solid in the IM as Owen Wright and Ryan Bobianski finished 4th and 7th and Brian Stiles joined the sub 21 club with a very quick :20.83 for 12th place.  Only downside on the day was Wiktor Karpinski flinching on the block in the 50 and being DQ’d but he’s ready to go tomorrow.

Robert Barry tied for second on the One Meter Board and Trent Kinvall got us sixth place points.

St. Bonaventure and UMass have separated from the field and we trail them by 7.5 points going into tomorrow’s competition.b Stay tuned – should be fun!

Posted in Men's Swimming Update.


First Night Success!

Two events, two school records, and we’re tied with St. Bonaventure for first place With 74 points each.

We managed a second place in the opening event as Hao Luong, Michael Glenn, Owen Wright, and Wiktor Karpinski became the first UMass squad to ever break the 1:30 barrier with a very quick 1:29.72 swim highlighted by a :19.58 anchor leg by our big man Wiktor!

That was a great start but the finish of the 800 Free Relay was thrilling as Wright, Brian Stiles, Ollie Wyeth, and Alessandro Bomprezzi threw down a smoking 6:31.86 for a come from behind win.  After a solid first two legs Ollie churned out a 1:37.37 to close the gap and Alessandro smoked a 1:36.32 to win the event going away!

It’s going to be a very close and tough meet between us, SBU, George Mason and LaSalle.  St. Luis looks strong as well so tomorrow’s events will be hotly contested.

GO UMASS!

 

Posted in Men's Swimming Update.


Ohio Here We Come!

The training has peaked and now we are in taper.
The Dual Meets and Invitationals are over.
Psych emails from alumni are starting to come in.
The new Speedo LZR’s are in a box in my office.
The bus is ready to leave at 6:30 AM on Monday Feb. 16.
It’s time to win a championship!!

We’ve done a whole lot of training and racing since our last newsletter.  The Puerto Rico Training Trip was awesome and I’m sure many of you followed the updates from Heath and Jonny while we were down there.  The team did a wonderful job training and improving as I challenged them more than I can recall in recent years!

When we returned we went straight to URI and took down George Washington in an Invitational format.  Great but tired racing ruled that weekend.  After that we swam Bryant University at home for another win while still maintaining double sessions every day.  A quick trip in the snow up to Dartmouth for their Invitational was followed by a final dual meet win over Fordham.

Highlights for the January competition period included Michael Glenn garnering Atlantic 10 Performer of the Week twice and Trent Kindvall and Owen Wright grabbing a Rookie of the Week each.

As we head into the Atlantic 10 Championship meet our team is looking locked and loaded.  I expect great things from all of them as the confidence and belief in their preparation is high.
St. Bonaventure is the defending champion and looks very strong.  LaSalle is vastly improved and George Mason hasn’t dropped off as they enter their second year in the league.  We’ll welcome a very tough Davidson squad to their first championship meet and St. Louis, Fordham, and George Washington all exhibit talent and depth.  With all these squads bringing great athletes to the meet it could very well be one of the fastest Atlantic 10 Championship meets in recent history.

The meet takes place at the SPIRE Center in Geneva, OH on Feb. 18 – 21.  All of the action can be followed at:
A10 Championship Central

Go UMass!

Posted in Men's Swimming Update.