UMass Heads To Binghamton For Two-Day Dual Meet
Nov. 2, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass men's and women's swimming and diving teams will be back in the pool this Friday night, following a week of training, to take on the Binghamton University Bearcats. The two-day meet is set to kick off Friday November 2 at 5 p.m., and it will resume Saturday starting at 10 a.m. This is the first action either team has seen since their meet against Army.
The Minutemen are coming off a 172-123 loss to a tough Army squad. However, despite being 0-2 in their first two dual meets of the season, the men have seen solid performances from the team's youth giving them confidence going forward.
Sophomore John Conway, from Airmont, N.Y., has been a force in the men's sprint freestyle lanes. He has posted multiple top finishes including a first-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 20.99, he also helped the 200-yard medley relay team to a first place finish with a time of 1:34.06 due in part to his blistering fast split time of 20.71.
Freshmen Kyle Vieira and Alessandro Bomprezzi have stood out early in their collegiate careers in the distance lanes. Both Vieira and Bomprezzi pulled in top-three finishes against Army. Vieira, a native of Wrentham, Mass., took third-place in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:47.45, while Bomprezzi took second in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 9:55.98.
The Minutewomen are being led in the pool by two sophomores coming off phenomenal freshman campaigns. Both Katie Arnott and Molly Smyth have been putting up very fast times since the start of the 2012-13 season.
Arnott, a native of Suffern, N.Y., has tallied a few first place finishes so far this year. She took first place in both the 100-and 200-yard breaststrokes against Army, while also helping the 200-medley relay to a first-place finish.
Smyth has dominated the distance events for the women. She was able to capture first-place in both the 1000- and the 500-yard freestyle with times of 10:19.34 and 5:08.79, respectively. All this one week after setting a school record in the 1000 free the previous week against Boston University.
The Minutemen have won every year against Binghamton since the series started during the 2007-08 season, for an all-time record of 5-0. The Minutewomen hold an all-time record of 4-1, with their only setback being a 150-149 loss during the 2010-11 season. The Bearcats are coached by former Minutemen Sean Clark.