Men's Swimming

Men's Swim Adds Two To The Class Of 2017

Nov. 28, 2012

AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass men's swim head coach Russ Yarworth is happy to announce his first two signees to the class of 2017. The Minutemen will welcome Ben Sloan and Thomas Brennan, both of whom signed their National Letters of Intent last week.

Yarworth is excited for these two to join the team in the fall saying, "Ben and Tommy will fill a crucial role or us next year as our top two sprint butterfliers (Pete Sacco and Eric Zeimetz) are graduating." He continues, "Ben has excellent underwater skill and Tommy brings superb upper body strength to the pool."

Ben Sloan

Sloan comes to the Minutemen from Free State High School in Lawrence, Kan., and will join an old club rival in Michael Glenn. He has received two-time First Team All-Sunflower League honors to go along with his two-time First Team All-State honors. Sloan holds top-times of 51.11 in the 100-yard butterfly, 1:53.21 in the 200 fly, 1:56.03 in the 200 IM and 53.94 in the 100 back.

On Sloan, Yarworth said, "Ben is our second team member from the Kansas City area (Mike Glenn '15) and we're thrilled to have him join the Minutemen. He'll be a cornerstone of our butterfly group for the next four years."

Thomas Brennan

Brennan joins the Minutemen as a All-Maryland selection in the 2011-12 season. He is a four-year letterwinner for Loyola Blakefield's swim team and a three-year letterwinner for the school's water polo team. Brennan has also been recognized for his efforts out of the pool being named a Scholastic All-American following his junior year. He holds top-times of 51.12 in the 100 fly and 1:55.55 in the 200 fly.

On Brennan, Yarworth said, "Tommy rekindles our connection with Loyola Blakefield as we've had some of our most talented swimmers over the past 15 years (BJ Brannan, Rob Bellamy, Matt Andrews, Dylan Smith) come from that squad. Loyola Head Coach Keith Schertle does a great job preparing his athletes for college swimming."



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