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.
Kyle Jennings- Class of 2012