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2013-14 Swimming and Diving Preview

Bearcats begin season on the road at UMass on Friday

October 31, 2013


2013-14 Swimming and Diving Preview

Sophomore Tommy Cummings

UMass Live Video (Friday Only)

Contact: Mike Porter (sports1@binghamton.edu)

Both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs will make their respective season debuts on the road this weekend, taking on Atlantic-10 school UMass on Nov. 1-2. The meet is set to take place at 4 p.m. from Amherst, Mass. on Friday. Action resumes at Joseph R. Rogers Pool the following morning at 10 a.m..

BU returns a strong core of swimmers in 2013-14, anchored by 18 letterwinners on the men’s side who helped guide the Bearcats to a 3-5 record in 2012-13 and a second place finish at last year’s America East Championship. Despite no conference championship slated this season, Binghamton still has goals of competing with some of the top schools on the east coast, culminating at the ECAC Championships held on Feb. 28-Mar. 2.

With the graduation of all-conference performers Tim Cabisano and Josh Saccurato, eighth year head coach Sean Clark will look to new emerging talent to lead in 2013-14. BU has five all-conference performers back for the start of the new campaign, headlined by a pair of sophomore standouts in Brian McKenna and Eric Farm.

McKenna had a stellar first collegiate season with Binghamton, capped off by being named the Most Outstanding Rookie at the America East Championships this past February. The Flushing, N.Y. native touched first in the AE finals of the 100 free and also was a part of two relay gold medal winning teams, including helping the 200 medley relay foursome set a Maine pool record with their time of 1:30.83.

Fellow sophomore Eric Farm also has his eyes set on making a mark this year. Farm earned bronze medals in the 100 and 200 back as a freshman, as well as being a key component on their 200 and 400 medley relay winning teams. He set multiple BU freshman records and had the second fastest recorded time in program history in the 100 back (50.09).

Other all-conference performers returning include Collin Figus, Tommy Cummings and diving standout Devin Zdanowski. Figus, a senior captain from St. Charles, Mo., finished third in the 400 IM at the America East Championships and was also a finalist in the 200 IM and 200 back. 

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Sophomore Tommy Cummings will look to build off a strong rookie campaign in which he earned the gold in the 100 breast at the AE Championships and secured a bronze medal in the 200 IM. He set a pair of freshman bests and was a part of the gold medal winning 400 medley relay squad.

On the diving board, Devin Zdanowski returns off a historic season a year ago. The junior from Rochester had the Bearcats’ highest recorded score on the 3-M board in school history at the 2013 NCAA Zone Championships on the campus of Virginia Tech. Zdanowski had a two-round total of 617.15, besting Ryan Graham’s previous BU record by more than 35 points. He finished 12 out of 42 divers in the 3M and 30th in the 1M board. In addition, Zdanowski registered a bronze and silver medal in the 1-M and 3-M board, respectively, at the 2013 AE Championships.

The men’s side welcomes in eight newcomers (4 freshmen, 4 transfers) to the program in 2013-14. The Bearcats have three new divers enter the fold, headlined by freshman Matt Dunworth. Coming from Fordham Prep where his team won three straight state championships, Dunworth was the team MVP his last two seasons. Junior transfers Russell Broere and Dylan Poulos add depth to an already strong diving group.

Other newcomers include Liam Cashin, Steven Campagna and Ruan Zorgman. Cashin, a Lynbrook native, was influential in helping Chaminade High School to a third place finish at the New York State Federation Championships, while Campagna will look to provide help in the butterfly and backstroke events.  Zorgman had a strong high school career at Pleasantville High School, qualifying three times to the NYS championships in the 100 breast.

The Binghamton women, much like the men, have a large group of swimmers back for this season. In total, 17 letterwinners return for the Bearcats who finished in fifth at the 2013 America East Championship.

BU, who finished 2-5 in 2012-13, has a lot of positives looking ahead as the season gets underway. The spotlight in 2013-14 shines on the junior trio of Shannon Lampe, Caitlin Kelly and Corinne Zotter. All three swimmers were finalists at the AE championships a season ago and are expected to lead BU as upperclassmen.

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Zotter, a local product from Vestal High School, produced Binghamton’s lone medal (other than on the diving board) at the conference championships with silver in the 200 breast.  Competing in the 100 breast, she also set a school record at the 2013 AE Championships with a time of 1:03.49. In total, she touched first 8 times throughout the 2012-13 campaign.

Back for her third season with the Bearcats, Caitlin Kelly looks to build off seven first place finishes from a year ago. Kelly just missed out earning a medal in the 50 free, finishing in fourth in the conference championship with a personal best time of 23.85. She also swam a lifetime best in the 100 free at Bucknell a season ago.

Shannon Lampe was a finalist in the 100 back where she recorded the third lowest time in program history (57.99) as a sophomore. Currently, the East Satauket native has cracked the top-10 of Binghamton’s fastest Division I history times in the 50 free, 100 free, 100 fly and 200 IM.

The Bearcats have a pair of seniors who are looking to make a lasting impact in their final season of collegiate competition. Three-year contributor Lauren Flower had a strong finish last year, winning the consolation final heat of the 400 IM and putting forth the second fastest time in Binghamton history (4:30.69). In addition, she also recorded a time of 4:33.03 at the ECAC Championships; a personal best.

Racquel Giner, also a senior, will swim in a multitude of events for head coach Sean Clark. A versatile swimmer, Giner is in the program’s top-10 for four different events.

Sophomores Selina Ng and Haley Rice both proved they were ready to step in and compete a season ago. Ng, who hails from Farmingdale, N.Y., teamed with current swimmers Corinne Zotter and Caitlin Kelly to set a new pool record at Canisius in the 200 medley relay. She also produced Binghamton top-10 times in both the 100 and 200 fly. Haley Rice, who also competes in the fly won her first collegiate race against UMass in the 200 with an impressive time of 2:11.17. She also touched first on the road at Canisius in the 200.

Second-year head diving coach Samantha Graham will rely upon the services of both sophomore Katie Ellsworth and newcomer Bettina Hughes. Ellsworth gained a ton of experience a season ago, notching career-best scores of 160.05 on the 1M and a score of 165 on the 3M board versus Marist. Hughes comes from Garden City, N.Y. where she was an All-League performer three consecutive years and also qualified for US Diving Zones her junior year of high school.

Head coach Sean Clark brought in a freshman group of four to begin the 2013-14 campaign. The newcomers include Katie Chung, Meghan Feminella, the aforementioned Bettina Hughes and Cindy Shi.

Binghamton once again has a difficult meet schedule ahead, beginning with UMass this Friday. Both their men’s and women’s programs finished runner-up in the Atlantic-10 Championship a year ago and are both picked to finish in the top-3 of the conference this season. Following their trip to Amherst, BU makes their home debut against Drexel on Nov.9. The Drexel men are 4-0 to begin the season, including wins over Seton Hall and LaSalle. The women are 3-1 this fall season.

After the Bucknell Invitational (Nov. 22-24) wraps up 2012, Binghamton makes the trip back to Lewisburg, Pa. on Jan. 12 to take on the Bison. The Bucknell women will be a tough test; they finished runners-up in the Patriot League in 2013. The last road meet will be at Colgate on Jan. 17, last season Binghamton’s men defeated the Raiders in impressive fashion, 200-93.

BU concludes their meet schedule at home with matchups against St. Bonaventure (Jan. 18) and Marist (Feb. 1). The Bonnies won the A-10 Championship on the men’s side in 2012-13 for the first time since 2006. Against Marist, the men have accumulated a 3-1 record versus the Red Foxes, while the women have a win against the MAAC school back in 2010.

The America East Championship will feature just the women this year, and will take place on Feb. 13-16 in Worcester, Mass.. Defending champions UNH bested the Retievers of UMBC by 39.5 points in 2013 to take their first ever conference championship.

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