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McKenna and Zdanowski Sweep America East Weekly Awards
Duo led Bearcats to first win of season en route to Swimmer and Diver of the Week honors
December 5, 2012Tweet
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Binghamton men’s swimming and diving program swept the America East weekly accolades as freshman Brian McKenna and sophomore Devin Zdanowski were recognized as Swimmer and Diver of the Week, as announced by the conference this week. The conference honors are the first of the 2012-13 season for the Bearcats.
“We’ve been quietly having a great first semester in the pool,” head coach Sean Clark said. “It’s a good feeling to receive recognition for a couple of our top guys and it really displays how hard we are working.”
Tapering down for Winter Break, Binghamton competed twice last weekend in its final action for almost two months. On Sunday, McKenna and Zdanowski led Binghamton to its first dual meet victory of the season with a 199-101 triumph at Canisius. The day before the Bearcats lost to host Bucknell 171-128.
McKenna, owner of the conference’s best time in the 50 free (20.69), won the event twice over the weekend, adding a victory in the 100 free. The first-year swimmer won the 50 free against Bucknell (21.22) before claiming the 50 (21.45) and 100 free (48.44) at Canisius. McKenna also swam the lead-off leg for the Bearcats’ first place 200 free relay team that set a new Canisius pool record with a time of 1:26.55, knocking off the old mark of 1:26.83.
“Brian has been lighting up the pool in the sprints, which is what we were hoping to see from him,” Clark continued. “His training has certainly increased since competing in high school, so we’re excited about his future.”
Zdanowski collected his third-career America East Diver of the Week award after earning victories on both boards against Bucknell and Canisius. The all-conference diver recorded a score of 282.60 on the one-meter board at Canisius to claim first place and the conference’s second-highest point total of the season. He also won the three-meter dive against the Griffins. Despite falling at Bucknell, Zdanowski began the weekend by posting wins on the one-meter (279.08) and three-meter (307.10) boards against the Bison. His score of 307.10 is also the second-highest total in the conference.
“Devin continues to develop more challenging dives and he’s a stalwart point scorer for us on the boards,” Clark noted. “As he matures, even more of his talent will show through.”
Binghamton will take a break from competition until Friday, Jan. 18 when the Bearcats host Colgate in their final home meet of the season.