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