GENEVA, OHIO – After four days of competition, the Massachusetts men won the Atlantic 10 Men's Swimming and Diving Championship at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. The victory marks the Minutemen’s first A-10 title since 2012.
Massachusetts, who finished with 589 points, entered Saturday trailing by 45.5 points. The Minutemen got off to a quick start in the evening thanks to Alessandro Bomprezzi’s record breaking performance in the 1,650-yd freestyle (15:13.69). With the outcome still very much in the air, the UMass divers stepped up and had three performers finish in the top four including Trent Kindvall’s winning score of 322.5 in the 3-meter dive.
Two-time defending A-10 Champion, St. Bonaventure, finished in second with 569 points. The Bonnies were followed by George Mason (525), La Salle (449.5), Saint Louis (415), Davidson (335), George Washington (301.5) and Fordham (272.5).
Bomprezzi was honored as the Most Outstanding Performer following his record setting performances in the 500-yd freestyle (4:19.75) and the 1,650-yd freestyle. Bomprezzi finished second in the 200-yd freestyle (1:37.56) and was a part of the first place 800-yd freestyle relay team (6:31.86).
Ryan McCoy of Saint Louis was named the Most Outstanding Rookie Performer after setting a new A-10 record in the 200-yd freestyle (1:37.11). McCoy was also a member of the 400-yd freestyle relay team that won gold and two other relay squads (800-yd freestyle and 400-yd medley) that finished in third.
St. Bonaventure’s Alex Marra was named the Most Outstanding Diver of the championship. Marra won the 1-meter diving with a score of 278.05 and finished second in the 3-meter dive final with a score of 305.55.
Massachusetts’ Russ Yarworth and Mandy Hixon were both honored as A-10 Coach of the Year and Diving Coach of the Year, respectively.
2015 Men’s A-10 Swimming & Diving Awards
Most Outstanding Performer: Alessandro Bomprezzi, Massachusetts
Most Outstanding Rookie Performer: Ryan McCoy, Saint Louis
Most Outstanding Diver: Alex Marra, St. Bonaventure
Coach of the Year: Russ Yarworth, Massachusetts
Diving Coach of the Year: Mandy Hixon, Massachusetts