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America East Coins Saccurato Swimmer of the Week
Junior tallied three wins against Colgate to lead Bearcats to first victory
January 17, 2012Tweet
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior Josh Saccurato was named America East Male Swimmer of the Week, as announced by the conference Tuesday afternoon. It marks the second straight week a Bearcat received the recognition from the conference and third this season. Junior Tim Cabasino earned the honor last Tuesday, and freshman Devin Zdanowski was named AE Diver of the Week on Nov. 22.
“Josh (Saccurato) has really worked hard to push himself toward being an impact athlete,” head coach Sean Clark said. “He’s been focused and motivated all year long, which helps bring his team along for the ride. His versatility is remarkable, and we’re fortunate to have him on our front line.”
Against Colgate on Sunday, Saccurato won all three races he entered helping the Bearcat men secure their first victory of the season. The junior from Chappaqua, N.Y. won the 200 breast (2:11.49), 200 fly (1:56.30) and 400 IM (4:12.25) for his second multi-victory dual meet of the season. His first was against UMass back in early November when he won the 200 IM and 200 fly.
Following a breakout season in 2010-11, the all-conference swimmer has provided Clark with a formidable one-two punch in the individual medleys, with two-time America East 400 IM champion senior Nolan Slesnick. Saccurato finished third in the 400 IM at the 2011 AE Championships to secure a spot on the podium. Slesnick, one of two men’s team captains, did not compete in the 400 IM with Saccurato against Colgate.
After only swimming the 200 back and a leg on one of Binghamton’s three 400 medley relay teams against Buffalo on Saturday, the third-year swimmer played a vital role in the Bearcats securing their first victory. In addition to his three-win day, Saccurato also swam a race-best leg on BU’s first-place 200 medley relay team.
Next up for Binghamton is a home dual with St. Bonavenutre on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 1 p.m. Last year, the Bearcats split with the Bonnies as the women were triumphant, but the men fell to the Atlantic 10 runner-ups.