Massachusetts Drops Opener To Boston University, 186-105
Oct. 12, 2013
The Massachusetts men's swimming and diving team opened it's 2013-14 campaign with a number of strong swims before ultimately falling to Boston University, 186-105 at the Joseph R. Rogers, Jr. Pool on Saturday.
The Terriers claimed first-place finishes in 12 of the 16 events.
"We just ran into a better team at this point of the year," head coach Russ Yarworth said. "We'll circle the wagons and keep training."
The high point scorer for the Minutemen was diver Josh Koppel. The sophomore from Latham, N.Y. won both boards, scoring 285.30 in the 1-meter and 329.10 in the 3-meter. With the diving events starting the meet, Koppel's 18 points helped UMass take a 18-11 lead.
But the Terriers had too much firepower in the pool at this point in the season. BU won first and second in the 200 medley relay and 1,000 freestyle to claim a 40-25 advantage.
In the pool, sophomore Wiktor Karpinski collected 13 individual points and 17 overall from relay teams. A native of Wilbraham, Mass., he took first in the 50 free in 21.52, less than half a second off his personal best set at last year's Atlantic 10 Championships. He finished second in the 100 free in 47.53, just .15 behind first.
Classmate Alessandro Bomprezzi was the other Minutemen swimmer to touch first in a race. The distance specialist out of Scottsdale, Ariz. won the 500 free in 4:48.06 after a third-place result in the 1000 free (9:59.27).
Junior Michael Glenn posted two second-place and two third-place in his first action of the year. The Overland Park, Kansan was part of the third place 200 medley relay `A' team, second in the 100 breast (59.91), third in the 200 breast (2:09.71) before finishing the day with a silver in the 200 IM (1:57.17).
Fellow Sunflower State freshman Ben Sloan had a solid first exposure to college swimming, notching second in both butterfly races - 1:54.80 in the 200 and 52.20 in the 100.
"We have 15 new kids on the 29 man roster," Yarworth added. "Well will get back to work next week and do what we do best and work towards getting better each day."
UMass will put that work back in the pool next Saturday when they face Army. The meet at Crandall Pool in West Point, N.Y. starts at 2 p.m.