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Swimming and Diving Garners SAMY Awards

The Men’s Swimming and Diving Team won four SAMY Awards Monday night at the annual Athletic Department Awards Banquet.

The team won:

Ollie Wyeth

Newcomer of the Year:  Ollie Wyeth

Senior Athlete of the Year: Michael Glenn

Team of the Year:  Men’s Swimming and Diving

Coach of the Year:  Russ Yarworth

Congratulations to everyone.  Full Story.

Posted in Men's Swimming Update.

Reunion Weekend a Success!

This past weekend, Alumni from all over the United States came back to what can only be called the “homeland” for a UMass Men’s Swimmer. When I say “all over the US” I mean exactly that, swimmers flew in from California and drove from Baltimore, Michigan and Boston, but none came further than Billy Brown, who flew from the beaches of Hawaii to be with us for the weekend and will eventually be inducted into the UMass Athletics Hall of Fame next weekend (as he should be).

On Friday night the crew of alumni misfits met at Russ’ house to talk of the bonds that they still hold; faint college memories, winning championships, and a faint smell of chlorine that still seeps from their pores when they go for a jog. This tradition that only recently started, has become one of the highlights of the weekend as it is a great time to catch up with old pals and meet the current seniors that are only moments away from baring the alumni label on a license plate frame near you. This evening is also one of Russ’ favorites as he does not have to leave the comforts of his abode but also because it is when all the alumni “re-up” on their pledges to the team for the upcoming year.  This year we collected over 20 pledge forms from the alumni totaling over $8,000 which is an awesome number and will only improve as more and more alumni attend in the future years and continue to be involved.

Russ Yarworth, Rob Bellamy, Justin Zeimetz, Garrison Beale, Owen Scollan

On Saturday morning the men woke up all bright eyed and bushy tailed ready to compete in the annual Alumni Golf tournament at Cherry Hill Golf club in Amherst. All the groupings proved that they are not athletes anymore but someone had to win and therefore the team of Rob Bellamy, Justin Zeimetz, Owen Scollan, and Garison Beale left as winners. We also had a Longest Drive contest which was won by Matt Grippo. The closest to the pin contest was won by Mandy Hixon, Mandy was actually the only person of the bunch to put the ball on the green at all, and everyone had two tries at it…

After golfing the party moved to Stackers Pub where Brian Stahl generously hosted the alumni for the afternoon, or evening for others. This event is always a favorite, as the Men’s and Women’s alumni get to stand on the hallowed grounds that took most of the money while they were upper classmen (only in the off season of course).

Alumni weekend 2015 was a success and a fun time by everyone that could attend, if you are reading this blog kicking yourself, wishing you were there than mark it on the calendar for next year. If next year is too long a time to see your best pals from college again then make a plan to come out and see them for the annual Cape Weekend in the summer.

Jah Mass

Kyle Jennings- Class of 2012

Posted in Men's Swimming Update.

Billy Brown Hall of Fame Information

Billy Brown will be inducted into the UMass Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday May 1.

The cost to attend the ceremony is $50. To register, please contact Jason Germain in UMass Athletics at 413-577-0267.

Hope to see you at the event.  Click here for more information.


Posted in Men's Swimming Update.

Reunion Weekend!

Spring Reunion April 24, 25

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

Friday April 24
6:00 PM          Reception @  Yarworths.  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 April 25
8:30 AM          Golf Outing – Cherry Hill Golf Course, Amherst, MA
Contact:          Kyle Jennings,
Cost:                $50
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.

Evening Activities to Follow!!

If you can’t make the weekend please consider making a donation to support the program at the following link:


Posted in Men's Swimming Update.

Annual Awards Banquet

The 2015 Atlantic 10 Champion Men’s Swimming and Diving Team held their annual awards banquet on Saturday April 11.  The luncheon served in the Amherst Room on the 10th floor of the Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center honored the team for its accomplishments during the 2014-15 season. Before recognizing the team for their championship performance Coach Yarworth handed out the following awards:

Atlantic 10 Academic Honor Roll:  Alessandro Bomprezzi, Thomas Brennan, Ryan Bobianski, Kyle Vieira

Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference: Michael Glenn

Ian Wilson

Minuteman Award: Brian Stiles

Most Improved: Ian Wilson

S.T.U.D.: Michael Glenn

Diver Dudes: Robert Barry, Nolan Burns, Trent Kindvall

Diver Dudes

Rookie of the Year:  Ollie Wyeth

MVP: Alessandro Bomprezzi

Iron Man: Ryan Bobianski

Coaches’ Award: Wiktor Karpinski

2015 A10 Champions!

After the individual awards were completed Coach Yarworth recognized the whole team with a Championship Watch and long sleeve top.  This was truly a great team accomplishment and the returning swimmers and divers are motivated to defend the title. Coach Yarworth also recognized his coaching staff:  Beau Garufi, John Nunnelly, and Mandy Hixon, as well as administrator Joan Hopkins.  Beau will be leaving the program this year and we thank him for his years of service as lead assistant and for the years he put in grinding in the pool.  Best of luck to him in his triathlon career!  Michael Glenn will be filling Beau’s role next season! Brian Stiles and Alessandro Bomprezzi will be next year’s captains.

Posted in Men's Swimming Update.