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America East Swimming and Diving Preseason Poll Released
Men picked to finish third, women selected to place fourth
October 5, 2011Tweet
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CAMBRIDGE, MASS. – The America East swimming and diving polls were released by the conference Wednesday afternoon and both Binghamton squads were picked in the middle of the pack. Similar to last year, the men were chosen by the conference coaches to finish third while the women gained a little more respect from their peers tying Vermont for fourth. Both UMBC squads were predicted to defend their titles in 2012.
“We know we’re up against some very strong programs as we look to become a force in the conference,” head coach Sean Clark said. “We’re doing everything we can to push up in the final standings and we look forward to the hard work necessary to do so.”
Leading the poll for the men is eight-time defending champion UMBC with three first-place votes and 15 total points, followed closely by Boston University who received 14 total points and the final two first-place votes. Binghamton fell into line in the third slot with 10 points, a total they’ve received for the third straight year. Maine (6) and Stony Brook (5) rounded out the list.
UMBC has dominated the America East waters over the past eight years with Binghamton being the last men’s team to take home a conference championship (2003). Since joining the America East in 2001 the men’s team has never placed worse than third at the conference meet, including the 2003 championship and five second-place finishes. Senior Nolan Slesnick returns to defend his 400 IM title, looking to achieve all-conference honors each of his four seasons at Binghamton.
Headlining the women’s poll are the reigning champions UMBC with 35 total points and five first-place votes. Boston University received 32 total points right behind the Retrievers and the last two-first place votes, with New Hampshire coming in third with 26 points. Binghamton and Vemont tied for fourth with 18 point apiece. Stony Brook (11) and Maine (7) took the final two spots on the list. Last season, the BU women finished in the top five at the conference meet for the first time since 2004 and had their best scoring performance since 2003. Junior Tiffany Siu hopes to defend her 200 fly title and add to her list of accolades while at Binghamton.
Following both of his team’s performances at the 2011 America East Championships head coach Sean Clark and his staff was named Co-Coaching Staff of the Year. The men placed third at the championships while the women took fifth. Each team had a pair of gold medal winners.
Binghamton opens its season at the Western New York Invitational Saturday, Oct. 8 beginning at 10 a.m. The event is non-scoring. BU will swim their first dual meet at Boston University on Saturday, Oct. 29.