Yarworth Adds Three To Incoming UMass Men's Swimming & Diving Class
May 1, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - Massachusetts head men's swimming & diving coach Russ Yarworth has announced the addition of three student-athletes who will join the Minutemen program beginning in the fall of 2014.
The veteran coach has added diver James Albanese from Mercerville, N.J., freestyle and individual medley athlete Chris Alpay from Poughquag, N.Y. and backstroke specialist Oliver Wyeth from Wellington, New Zealand.
Albanese attends the Hun School in Princeton, N.J. and has been a five-time AAU All-American while diving for the Blue Dolphin Diving team. He was named MAPL All-Prep First Team in 2012 and 2014, and recently won the Mercer County championship with a 6-dive score of 279.75.
"James will join our other freshman diver (Trent Kindvahl) to continue building our program's strength and depth," UMass head diving coach Mandy Hixon said. "He's very talented and has great lists on both boards."
Alpay recently finished fifth in the 100 free in the New York State Championships while swimming for Arlington High School in Lagrangeville, N.Y. He is a three-time all-section honoree and holds the school and pool records in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle and the 100 butterfly, along with his anchor spot on the 200 and 400 free relays. He also qualified for the NSCA Junior Nationals swimming for the Red Fox Aquatic Club in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
"I'm looking forward to having Chris in the program," Yarworth said. "He's a great all around swimmer with sprint freestyle and IM potential. What impressed me most about Chris was his closing speed in his freestyle events. He's also a strong student and will be majoring in Architecture."
Wyeth bring a wealth of international success to Amherst as the New Zealand national age group champion in the 50 and 100 meter backstroke. He recently finished in the top 10 in the world championship trials in the 50, 100 and 200 back, while posting top 15 finishes in the New Zealand Olympic Trials in 2012.
"Ollie brings international experience and a tremendous attitude to the UMass program," Yarworth said. "I'm fully confident that he will be competing for Atlantic 10 titles in the backstroke events. He has a great attitude and we're excited to welcome him to the program!"
The trio will join swimmers Alex D'Anna of Freehold, N.J. and Owen Wright of Attleboro, Mass., along with Kindvall of Westminster, Colo. - all of whom signed in the fall - as the six newcomers to the program. UMass has won 14 A-10 championships and posted back-to-back runner-up finishes in the last two seasons.