Minutemen Wrap-Up Season With Win At Fordham, 183-113
Feb. 2, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass men's swimming and diving team ended their season on a high-note Saturday afternoon by defeating Atlantic 10 rival Fordham, 183-113, from the Messmore Aquatic Center in Bronx, N.Y. The Minutemen showed the Rams why they were once again preseason selections to win the A-10 Championship, winning 11 of 16 events, and improving their head-to-head record over the Rams to 16-0. The UMass women fell to Fordham, 176-120.
UMass started the afternoon with a win in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of Colin Mulcahy, Peter Sacco, Tim O'Neill and John Conway finished with a time of 1:35.51, touching just ahead of the second-place Fordham squad.
The Minutemen showed their depth along with their speed Saturday afternoon. In the 1000-yard freestyle UMass took four of the top-six spots led by freshman Alessandro Bomprezzi who took second at a time of 9:55.84. Kyle Vieira came in behind Bomprezzi in third-place with a time of 9:57.72. Bomprezzi also went onto a second-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:45.95. Chris Inglis and Vieira took third and fourth, respectively, with times of 4:51.61 and 4:51.84.
Hao Luong and Beau Garufi each picked up two first-place finishes of their own Saturday afternoon. Luong swept the backstroke events finishing with a time of 52.65 in the 100 and 1:53.21 in the 200. Garufi was able to sweep the breaststroke events finishing with times of 59.87 in the 100 and 2:09.38 in the 200.Michael Glenn took second in each of the breaststroke events with times of 1:00.25 and 2:13.17.
Freshman Josh Koppel led the Minutemen on the boards winning both the one- and three-meter events with scores of 263.55 and 289.28 in each. Alexander Merkulov took second in the one-meter receiving a score of 245.41.
The Minutemen now look ahead to February 20 as they attempt to win their league-best 15th Atlantic 10 Championship. A-10's will be held at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio and will run from February 20-24.
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