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.
LOCKER ROOM FOOD
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 www.adidasswim.com.
That’s all for now.