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BU men fall to America East foe Boston U.
Junior Josh Saccurato takes first in the 200 breast
October 29, 2011Tweet
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BOSTON – The Binghamton swimming and diving team opened their dual meet season at America East foe Boston University, Saturday afternoon. Each Bearcat program posted winners on the day as the men were defeated 158-68 and the women fell 138-95 at Boston’s Aquatic Center.
“We were excited to dive into our first head-to-head competition,” head coach Sean Clark said. “I thought our team performed admirably and had some good results out there. A few of our swimmers are beginning to show their true potential and that’s great to see. I think we displayed some early season speed.”
The women’s day was highlighted by freshman Caitlin Kelly’s first collegiate victory in the 50 free with a time of 24.39. Kelly was able to out touch Boston’s Liz Floyd in the single-length event by just six-hundredths of a second. Her time is the fifth fastest in BU’s program history.
Junior Tiffany Siu turned in a pair of second-place finishes in the 200 free (1:55.50) and 200 fly (2:10.53). Junior Danielle Blom finished just behind Siu in the 200 fly with a lifetime best time of 2:16.39. Siu also swam a leg on the 400 medley relay team that placed second with a time of 4:01.30. She was joined by freshmen Shannon Lampe and Corinne Zotter as well as junior Olivia Baczek. Zotter, a Vestal graduate, put in one of the fastest legs in program history during the breaststroke portion of the event.
The foursome of Kelly, Lampe, Baczek and Caitlin Nelson won the 400 free relay in a time of 3:36.90. The time by the quartet was good enough to land on BU’s all-time top-ten list. Baczek also touched third in the 100 free, while classmate Melissa Lindahl had a similar result in the 200 back finishing in a time of 2:09.73. Junior Karissa Gorman earned the Bearcats points by collecting a couple of third-place finishes in the 500 (5:22.09) and 1000 free (10:47.30).
Freshman Imani Williams made a splash recording a pair of third-place finishes in both diving events. Senior Jenna Easton also had a strong day taking second on the three meter board and fourth in the meter dive.
On the men’s side junior Josh Saccurato was BU’s top point-scorer. A 2011 America East all-conference swimmer, Saccurato glided to a first-place finish in the 200 breast with a time of 2:15.27. He also touched second in the 200 fly (1:56.24) and swam a leg on the second-place 400 medley relay team.
Juniors Tim Cabasino and Andrew Ellman each recorded second-place showings in the 50 free and 200 IM, respectively. Sophomore Colin Figus also touched second in an event, finishing just behind Saccurato in the 200 breast. He took third in the 1000 free as well finishing with a lifetime best of 10:05.61.
The quartet of Ellman, Figus, Winston Chiang and San Yoon scored BU points winning the 400 free relay finishing in a time of 3:25.45.
On the boards for the men the duo of Justin Mattison and Anthony Foiles were the Bearcats’ top scorers. Mattison placed second on the meter board and third in the three meter dive, while Foiles took third on the one and fourth on the three.
Binghamton travels to Amherst, Massachusetts next Friday, Nov. 4 to face coach Clark and Rappe’s alma mater UMass in a two-day dual meet. The meet begins on Friday at 5 p.m. and concludes the next day with a start time of 10 a.m.