UMass Men's Swimming & Diving Program Announces Three Signees
Nov. 27, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - Massachusetts men's swimming & diving coach Russ Yarworth has announced the signing of three student-athletes for the 2014-15 academic year.
Swimmers Alex D'Anna of Freehold, N.J. and Owen Wright of Attleboro, Mass., along with diver Trent Kindvall of Westminster, Colo. have each signed a National Letter of Intent and will make their way to Amherst next fall.
D'Anna is a NISCA High School All-American who has led Christian Brothers Academy to three-consecutive New Jersey State Championships. He also has been named First Team New Jersey All-Shore and First Team All-Monmouth County each of the past two seasons.
He also swims for the Red Bank YMCA where he has developed into an eight-time All-American and YMCA National Qualifier in six events.
"Alex will bring some good freestyle sprint depth and great front line ability in the breaststroke events. We're pleased to have him join the Minutemen"
Wright is the 2013 Massachusetts State Champion in the 50 and 200 freestyle events, in addition to posting a long course qualifying time of 24.14 in the 50 free for the Summer Junior Nationals. He is was a member of the 200 free relay unit that set the New England Men's 15-18 record as well.
The Attleboro High School standout is a 3-time Hockomock League All-Star and was named the 2012-13 All-Scholastic Swimmer of the Year by the Boston Globe and Boston Herald.
"It's great to have Owen join the UMass squad," said Yarworth, who is also from Attleboro. "He's got a great club and high school background and he should be an impact swimmer in the Atlantic 10."
Kindvall is a three-time national qualifier who has finished third once and fourth twice at the Colorado State Championships while attending Standley Lake High School. He has been diving for the past three seasons and has top scores of 280 on the1-meter and 249.7 on the 3-meter.
"Trent is a dynamic, well-rounded diver," UMass diving coach Mandy Hixon said. "We expect him to be one of our top competitors in the Atlantic 10 Conference."
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