Men's Swimming

Minutemen Pull In Three Medals, Remain In Third At A-10's

Freshman Josh Koppel took the silver medal in the one-meter board with a score of 263.50.

Freshman Josh Koppel took the silver medal in the one-meter board with a score of 263.50.

Feb. 21, 2013

AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass men's swimming and diving team wrapped up day two of Atlantic 10 Championship with a total of 204 points, three behind Xavier and 45 behind the leader St. Bonaventure. The Minutemen pulled in three medals in the five events on the day. Day three action begins at 10:30 a.m. with the prelims, with finals beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The Minutemen pushed ten people through the morning prelims into the evening finals.

Alessandro Bomprezzi started the evening off on a high note with a school record in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:24.62, finishing the event with the silver medal. Chris Inglis and Kyle Vieira came in 10th and 11th, respectively, with times of 4:31.35 and 4:31.68. Bomprezzi's time is just under three seconds faster than the previous school record set by Inglis last season. Vatslav Lets of St. Bonaventure took the gold with an Atlantic 10 record and NCAA B standard of 4:23.90.

In the 200-yard IM, Ryan Bobianski and Tim O'Neill went sixth and seventh, while Jordan Guttrich took eleventh. Bobianski finished with a personal record of 1:51.80. O'Neill finished at 1:53.16, with Guttrich came in at 1:52.64. Troy Nichols qualified for the event but disqualified during the finals. Ripley Danner of SBU took the gold with a time of 1:49.20.

Peter Sacco finished .2 seconds outside the podium in the 50-yard freestyle with his fourth-place finish time of 20.54. Sacco lowered his personal best by .33 seconds. John Conway was able to finish 11th in the event, coming in a time of 20.82. Luke Johanns took the gold with an A-10 record time of 20.25.



On the men's one-meter springboard Josh Koppel and Alexander Merkulov took second and third-place, respectively, behind Mike Murphy of SBU. Koppel finished with a score of 263.50 after finishing the morning session with a score of 290.50. After ending the morning session in the top-spot with a score of 301.15, Merkulov finished with a score of 262.50.

The men closed out the evening tying Fordham for fourth-place in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The team of Peter Sacco, John Conway, Eric Zeimetz and Colin Mulcahy finished with a time of 1:22.50, dropping their seedtime by 1.32 seconds. St. Bonaventure won the event at a time of 1:21.18.

Day three action will showcase the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back and the 400 medley relay.

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