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 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
Diver Dude: Josh Koppel
Rookie of the Year : Heath Maginn
Iron Man Award: Joe Woodman
Coaches’ Award: Brian Stiles
Minuteman Award: Matt Grippo
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!