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The University of Massachusetts got a commitment from Johnny Williams, who recently moved from Las Vegas to just a stone’s throw away from campus. Williams, who competes for the Northampton YMCA is primarily a butterfly swimmer and should be able to step into the Minutemen lineup right away:
- 50 freestyle- 21.99
- 100 freestyle- 48.03
- 100 butterfly- 50.32
That 100 butterfly time would have scored at the 2015 Atlantic-10 Championship. However, UMass actually needs to address a deficit in butterfly. Despite winning the meet last year, they had no scorers in that event. Williams is also likely to contribute on both medley relays in Amherst.
“I was very happy when I received the phone call from Russ after my recruit weekend at UMass Amherst. Everything felt right to me about the UMass swim team”
Williams has an inspirational story- he fended off potential disability that left him wheelchair bound as a youngster to have a successful swimming career. Last year he finished third at the Massachusetts State Division Two Championship in the 100 butterfly and went on to win the C-Final in the 50 butterfly at this past summer’s YMCA Long Course National Championship.
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