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Men’s Swimming & Diving Finishes Second At ECAC Championships
Zdanowski wins Diver of the Meet; Bearcats win 11 medals over the weekend
March 2, 2014Tweet
Annapolis, Md.—At the conclusion of the 2014 ECAC Championship, the Binghamton University men’s swimming and diving team finished runner-up in a field of 15 teams competing at Lejeune Hall on the campus of Navy. Junior Devin Zdanowski took Diver of the Meet honors by placing first in the 3M and second on the one-meter board.
The Naval Academy bested Binghamton with a final team score of 594.5. BU came in with a three-day tally of 495.5 which was 88 points clear of third-place Marist. In total, Binghamton won 11 medals and had a weekend filled with numerous lifetime bests.
“We were spot on with our performance here this weekend,” head coach Sean Clark said. “We brought 18 guys with us this weekend and each and every single one of them had at least one lifetime best. Everybody came out and made contributions for the team which made it really fun to be a part of.”
The highlight of Sunday came in the 200 breast final in which Binghamton finished 2-3 in the heat. Freshman Ruan Zorgman, who captured the 100 breast school record and silver medal on Saturday, followed up his impressive performance with yet another second-place finish and school record in the event. Zorgman clocked a freshman and school record with a time of 2:00.57, just out-touching teammate Tommy Cummings who took the bronze in a time of 2:00.68.
Zorgman bested a record that stood over five years by standout Brenno Varanda in 2009. Cummings now moves into third-place all-time in Binghamton history with his performance on Sunday.
Zdanowski finished second in the one-meter board on Sunday, claiming a pair of medals over the weekend and was later awarded with the Diver of the Meet by the ECAC. He recorded a score of 297.40 on six dives, losing by just 1.70 points to gold medalist Sean Molloy of Marist. The Rochester, N.Y. native now sets his eyes on the NCAA zones in Blacksburg, Va. which takes place on March 10-12.
Eric Farm fell just short of sweeping the back events, taking third in the 200 back finals today. Farm swam a new lifetime best in the heat, clocking a 1:48.59, the second fastest time in program history. Farm was a part of five medal-winning performances over the weekend, including three relay events (200 medley, 400 medley and 400 free).
The quartet of Eric Farm, Andrew Duszynski, Liam Cashin and Brian McKenna came in third in the 400 relay with a time of 3:05.97. Binghamton medaled in three of the five possible relay events at Annapolis.
Other notable performances on Sunday included a fourth place finish from Brian McKenna in the 100 free and a new lifetime best time from Isaac Vingan in the mile (15:57.05). Vingan now has the third fastest time in the mile at Binghamton.
Seniors Ed Hausmann and John Pangal both made the finals of the 200 fly. Hausmann just missed the podium, taking fifth in the heat, but was able to come away with a new lifetime best (1:51.53). Pangal took seventh in the 200 fly and now moves into fifth place in school history with a time of 1:51.81.