Massachusetts Men's Swimming Wins Its Second Consecutive Atlantic 10 Championship
Feb. 23, 2002
Buffalo, N.Y.- The University of Massachusetts men's swim team won its second consecutive Atlantic 10 Swimming & Diving Championship tonight. UMass scored 838 points to keep second place threat St. Bonaventure (748) at bay and secure the title.
Five Minutemen garnered all-conference honors for their performances including juniors Justin Houck (Wyomissing, Pa.), Tommy Keane (Melrose, Mass.) Rob Bellamy (Columbia, Md.), Ryan Zaucha (Auburn, Calif.), and freshman Dylan Smith (Timonium, Md.).
Houck was a double-winner as he captured both the 200 and 100 back. His time of 1:49.10 in the 200 set a new UMass record, while his mark of 50.95 in the 100 is fourth all-time. Keane won the 400 IM in a time of 4:00.71, the third fastest in school history. Bellamy won the 200 free (1:40.79), while Zaucha swam the school's second fastest 200 IM (1:51.40). The relay team of Smith, Zaucha, Bellamy and Keane won the 800 free relay in a time of 6:45.79.
Other top swims came from Smith in the 200 fly (1:51.52) and sophomore Pete Tawczynski (Holden, Mass.) in the 200 breast (2:04.36). Smith and Tawczynski's times both place them in the second spot all-time on the UMass list.
Head coach Russ Yarworth was named A-10 Coach of the Year for the second straight year and the fourth time in his career.
The Minutemen will conclude their season March 2 at the Rutgers Invitational.
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