Men's Swimming Announces Nine Additions For 2011-12
May 23, 2011
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass men's swimming & diving head coach Russ Yarworth announces the addition of eight freshmen and one transfer to the Minutemen's 2011-12 squad. The talented group is composed of Alex Bieber, Ryan Bobianski, John Conway, Bryan Galan, Timothy Gladshev, Ross Kahn, Hao Luong, Erik Pfohl, and Erik Renspiess. They will join a Minutemen program that has won five Atlantic 10 Championships in a row and 13 overall.
"This group, along with Teddy Millett (transfer from Ohio State) and Mike Glenn (early signing), will help us try to continue our goal of being the top team in the conference," Yarworth said. "They are a great collection of student-athletes who will represent UMass well in the classroom and pool."
Alex Bieber is a sprinter from New Milford, Conn. He comes to UMass with personal best times of 21.92 in the 50 free, 47.60 in the 100 free, and 1:43.08 in the 200 free.
For four years in a row (2008-11), Bieber has been a YMCA National Participant for Western Conn. Makos. He was also named Conn. All-State in 2010 and 2011 in both the 50 and 100 free.
Bieber plans to major in Mechanical Engineering.
Ryan Bobianski is an IM and fly specialist fro East Longmeadow, Mass. He comes to UMass as the 2011 Mass. Division 2 State Champion in the 200 IM with a time of 1:55.58, while also being the Western Mass. sectional champ in the 100 fly with a 53.20 times.
A three-time Western Mass. All-Scholastic selection, Bobianski owns five individual high school records, in the 200 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 back, and 500 free. He is part of the USA Swimming program with the Conn. Bears and is a 2011 NY Region One champion in the 400 IM (4:08.4) as well as a Conn. age group champ in the 200 IM.
John Conway is a free/fly specialist from Airmont, N.Y. He placed fifth in both the 50 free and 100 at the New York State Championships. Conway also placed third in the 50 free and sixth in the 100 fly at the USS Northeast Sectionals with times of 20.99 and 50.88, respectively.
Conway hold school records in the 50 free and 100 fly at Suffern High School, as well as holding the Rockland County record in the 100 fly. He maintains a 3.55 GPA and is an AP scholar.
Bryan Galan is a free/fly specialist from Farmingville, N.Y. where he attends St. Anthony's High School. He comes to UMass with personal-best times of 1:43.41 in the 200 free, 4:42.66 in the 500 free, 53.29 in the 100 fly, and 1:54.54 in the 200 fly.
Galan is a four-time competitor at the New York State Championships and attended Junior Nationals in 2010. He holds the St. Anthony's school record in the 200 free and received All-American consideration as part of the 400 free relay. Galan served as team captain and was named MVP his senior season in 2010-11.
Timothy Gladshev is a breaststroker from Brookline, Mass. He comes to UMass with top times of 58.54 in the 100 breast and 2:10.63 in the 200 breast. He owns school record in the 100 breast, 200 IM, and 200 medley relay at Lincoln Southwest High before transferring to Brookline High for his final two years, claiming the school record in the 100 and 200 free relays.
Gladshev was the 2010 Mass. Division 1 State Champion in the 100 breast (58.95), after placing second in 2009 (1:00.61) and before taking third in 2011 (59.56). He six total top-six finishes at States in Division 1.
Gladshev was named Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic in 2010 and won the Scholar-Athlete Award in 2008 and 2009.
Ross Kahn is a freestyler from Plano, Texas. He comes to Amherst with personal-bests of 1:43.7 in the 200 free, 4:37.28 in the 500 free, and 16:15.07 in the mile.
Kahn is part of Plano West High School's All-American 200 medley relay team, while taking fifth in the 500 free and seventh in the 200 free at the Texas University Interscholastic League Regional Meet. His team took seventh in the 200 medley relay at the State Championships.
An accomplished club swimmer as well, Kahn was a Junior National qualifier in 2009 and 2010. In 2006, he was the CT Boys 13/14 Long Course Swimmer of the Year and Distance Swimmer of the Year. In 2007, Kahn competed at the Pan American Maccabi Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina, taking a bronze medal.
Hao Luong is a back and fly specialist from Malden, Mass. He comes to UMass with top times of 51.39 in the 100 back, 1:51.88 in the 200 back, 51.12 in the 100 fly, and 1:55.77 in the 200 fly.
In 2010, as a junior in high school, Luong was the New England Age Group Champion in the 100 back. A year later, as a senior in 2011, he took his age group New England title in the 100 fly.
Erik Pfohl is a sprinter from Warwick, N.Y. He sports personal-best times of 21.43 in the 50 free and 47.32 in the 100 free, in addition to a 54.74 time in the 100 fly.
Pfohl is a three-time MVP of his high school swim team, after taking Most Improved honors as a freshman, and served as team captain his senior year. He was a Sate Section IX finalist this season, taking second in both the 50 and 100 free. Pfohl went on to the New York Sate meet, making the finals in both events, placing seventh in the 50 free and eighth in the 100 free. He owns six school records.
At the club level, Pfohl qualified for US Sectionals in both sprint events in 2011 and also qualified for Junior Nationals in the 50 free this year.
Erik Rennspiess is transfer from Ventura College (Calif.) and is a freestyle and IMer from San Mateo, Calif. He joins Yarworth's squad with top times of 46.75 in the 100 free, 1:41.22 in the 200 free, and 1:55.20 in the 200 IM.
Rennspiess' Ventura squad won the California Community College State Championship in 2011. He was an All-American in the 200 free in 2010 and repeated this year in addition to being named All-American in the 200 IM as well. Renspiess is part of the state record-holding 800 free relay.