Yarworth Announces Three Additions To Class Of 2016
May 3, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass men's swimming and diving head coach Russ Yarworth has announced the additions of three freshmen to the class of 2016. Wiktor Karpinski headlines the three newcomers as he has signed his National Letter of Intent to join the Minutemen, while Kyle Vieira and Alessandro Bomprezzi are recruited walk-ons; they will be joining John Bateman, Evan Sholudko, Josh Koppel and Brian Stile who all signed in the fall. UMass will be looking to fill the shoes of two senior swimmers who helped the Minutemen to their fourteenth Atlantic 10 Championship.
Karpinski, a native of Wilbraham, Mass. and a graduate of Minnechaug High School participated in the 2012 Massachusetts Division I State Championship finishing in first place in both the 50 and 100-yard freestyle. Karpinski was named the 2012 Western Massachusetts Boy's Swimmer of the Year, his career best times are 21.38 in the 50 free, 46.42 in the 100 free and 1:43.32 in the 200 free.
"I'm really excited to have Wiktor join the program," says Yarworth. "He has the raw talent and great potential to develop into one of the best sprinters in the Atlantic 10."
Vieira, of Wrentham, Mass. is a mid-distance/distance swimmer from King Phillip Regional High School. At the Division 2 State Championships he finished second in both the 200 and 500 yard freestyle. Vieira has career best times of 1:45.02 in the 200 free, 4:41.01 in the 500 free and 16:20.72 in the 1650 free.
"Kyle has worked hard to become one of the top prospects in the state this year," said Yarworth. "Swimming for Chuck Batchelor at the Attleboro Bluefish has helped him get to the next level. His work ethic and distance training background will make him a great addition to our program."
Bomprezzi, a native of Scottsdale, Ariz. and a graduate of Desert Mountain High School participated in the Arizona State Championships finishing twelfth in the 200 free and fifth in the 500 free. Bomprezzi has career best times of 1:45.79 in the 200 free, 4:38.97 in the 500 free and 1:59.05 in the 200 fly. He plans on majoring in mechanical engineering.
"Alessandro has really developed into a strong distance freestyler this year," says Yarwoth. "He's a good student, focused on being a hard worker, and will provide depth and talent to our distance group."