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Men's Swimming & Diving Picked To Win Another A-10 Title

Andrew Willbrant is gunning for his third A-10 title in the 100 back.

Andrew Willbrant is gunning for his third A-10 title in the 100 back.

Oct. 16, 2009

AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass men's swimming & diving team has been picked to win its 12th conference championship as Atlantic 10 released its preseason coaches poll for the 2009-10 season on Friday. Head coach Russ Yarworth's defending A-10 champs have won eight of the last nine conference championships and 11 overall.

The Minutemen captured their 11th crown in program annals last year as it outdistanced runner-up St. Bonaventure, 720.5-540.0. The Bonnies, have finished second in each of the last three years after capturing the 2006 A-10 Championship, were picked second again this year.

The 2009-10 Minutemen will be a mix of veteran leadership and talented newcomers. Leading the team are senior tri-captains Justin Brooks, Tim Smith, and Andrew Willbrant. Brooks, the three-time defending A-10 champ in the mile, returns to lead the distance group. Smith provides vital versatility to the team in fly, back, free, and relay events, while Willbrant, an eight-time medal winner at the conference meet, is two-time defending champion in the 100 back.

Diving coach Mandy Hixon's squad looks to again be the class of the A-10. Returning to lead the group is sophomore Jason Cook, who won double gold at the 2009 A-10 Championships and was the Minutemen's first ever NCAA qualifier.

UMass opens its season on Saturday at the Joseph Rogers Pool in the Boyden Gym when they host Boston University in a dual meet at 1 p.m.

2010 Men's Swimming & Diving Predicted Order Of Finish
(2009 Championship results in parentheses)
1. Massachusetts (1st)
2. St. Bonaventure (2nd)
3. Duquesne (3rd)
4. Xavier (5th)
5. Fordham (4th)
6. La Salle (7th)
7. George Washington (8th)
8. Saint Louis (6th)

 

 

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