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Men’s Swimming & Diving Heads to Boston For America East Championships

Bearcats have finished third at past four conference meets

February 23, 2012

Men’s Swimming & Diving Heads to Boston For America East Championships

America East Championship Central

Contact: Terrence Lollie (

VESTAL, N.Y. - The Binghamton men’s swimming and diving team will travel to the Boston this week to compete in the four-day America East Championships, Feb. 23-26. The first session of the five-team event will kick off on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 5 p.m. and continue on through Sunday, Feb. 26 at the Boston University Aquatics Center. UMBC is the eight-time defending champion.

The men’s program has endured four straight seasons of third-place finishes at the America East Championships after compiling four runners-up and a championship the previous five years. Chosen in the preseason to finish third, the Bearcats have their sights set on ascending higher in the ranks.

“Our men are ready to go, and we’re looking for some strong individual performances all weekend long,” said head coach Sean Clark. “We’ll look for our leaders to pull us, and the rest of the team will push in this last big effort of the season.”

BU finished its dual meet season with a 2-6 record, but concluded with a home victory over America East rival Stony Brook on Senior Day. At the 2011 America East Championships, UMBC won with a total of 896.5 points, with Boston University in second (848) and Binghamton rounding out the top-three in third (690.5).

Swimming in his final conference meet, senior Nolan Slesnick will look to defend his 400 IM title. He will have company in the event as junior Josh Saccurato will look to improve on his third-place finish at the 2011 Championships. Slesnick also won the 400 IM in 2009, as well as the 1650 free on his way to Outstanding Rookie honors. The two-time all-conference swimmer from Austin, Texas is also seeking the top of the podium in the 500 free and mile swim, finishing second in both in 2011. 

Along with Slesnick and Saccurato, Binghamton boasts six other swimmers and a diver who earned finalist honors (top-eight) in Baltimore last year. Tim Cabasino, Dan Feeley, Colin Figus and Justin Mattison all turned in a pair of finalist performances in 2011.

The Binghamton men have a history of great individual performances at the America East Championships, but head coach Sean Clark will have to rely on a team effort if the Bearcats want to catch favorites UMBC and Boston. At last year’s conference meet, the Binghamton coaching staff shared Coaching Staff of the Year honors with UMBC for the dynamic effort put forth by Clark’s group.

“As always, we’re looking to push our opponents to the limit,” Clark concluded. “We’re not willing to be satisfied with our current place in the conference, and if everyone performs to their full capabilities we’ll shake things up a bit.”

Point scorers from 2011 America East Championships: Cabasino, Andrew Ellman, Feeley, Figus, Slesnick, Saccurato, Mattison and John Pangal.

The following is a list of events (not in order) with Binghamton’s top times of the 2011-12 season among the America East, Binghamton’s swimmer personal best, top America East qualifier and America East record:

50 Free:
10. Tim Cabasino: 21.55 (20.99)
AE top qualifier: Stephen Gallagher, UMBC: 20.78
AE conference record: Kaan Tayla, Bing. - 20.00 (2006)

100 Free:
19. Tim Cabasino: 47.85 (same)
AE top qualifier: Stephen Gallagher, UMBC - 45.88
AE conference record: Kaan Tayla, Bing. - 43.68 (2006)

200 Free:
16. Dan Feeley - 1:44.74 (1:43.02)
AE top qualifier: Pierre De Waal, UMBC - 1:39.87
AE conference record: David Holmes, Bing. - 1:35.36 (2007)

500 Free:
7. Nolan Slesnick: 4:38.88 (4:30.45)
AE top qualifier: Pierre De Waal, UMBC - 4:31.63 (defending champion)
AE conference record: David Holmes, Bing. - 4:22.80 (2007)

1650 Free:
1. Nolan Slesnick: 16:00.27 (15:41.03) (champ in ‘09)
AE top qualifier: Nolan Slesnick, Binghamton - 16:00.27
AE conference record: Ryan Karrer, UMBC - 15:31.99 (2006)

100 Back:
15. Josh Saccurato: 53:85 (same)
16. Alexi Corey: 53:88 (same)
AE top qualifier: Johan Rohtla, UMBC - 50.45
AE conference record: Joe Perez-Rogers, Binghamton – 49.07 (2011)

200 Back:
8. Alexi Corey: 1:54.21 (same)
AE top qualifier: Johan Rohtla, UMBC - 1:48.38 (defending champion)
AE conference record: Ivan Kopas, Stony Brook - 1:46.28 (2010)

100 Breast:
8. Josh Saccurato: 59.71 (same)
8. Tim Cabasino: 59.71 (57.48)
AE top qualifier: Stephen Gallagher, UMBC - 57.22
AE conference record: Kyle Ernst, Boston U. - 55.14 (2011)

200 Breast:
7. Josh Saccurato: 2:11.49 (same)
AE top qualifier: John Mendenhall, UMBC - 2:05.49
AE conference record: Kyle Ernst, Boston U. – 1:59.50 (2011)

100 Butterfly:
14. Tim Cabasino: 52.05 (51.32)
AE top qualifier: Alexander Haibel, UMBC – 50.19
AE conference record: Matthew Rickett, Boston U. - 46.43 (2009)

200 Butterfly:
13. Josh Saccurato: 1:56.24 (1:51.96)
AE top qualifier: Pierre De Waal, UMBC - 1:48.15
AE conference record: David Holmes, Bing. - 1:46.70 (2007)

200 IM:
17. Nolan Slesnick: 1:57.66 (same)
AE top qualifier: Michael McGee, UMBC - 1:52.85
AE conference record: Brad Reitz, UMBC - 1:48.35 (2011)

400 IM:
14. Nolan Slesnick: 4:12.68 (3:56.23) (champ in ‘09, ‘11)
AE top qualifier: Reed Neuendorf, UMBC - 4:02.28
AE conference record: Tyson Slesnick, Boston U. - 3:53.16 (2010)

One-Meter Dive:
2.Devin Zdanowski: 298.95 (same)
AE top qualifier: Andrew Eckhoff, UMBC - 335.10
AE conference record: Andrew Watson, Boston U. - 660.45 (2009)

Three-Meter Dive:
2. Devin Zdanowski: 318.30 (same)
AE top qualifier: Andrew Eckhoff, UMBC – 361.20
AE conference record: Tanner Knorr, Boston U. - 634.20 (2011)

2011-12 America East Preseason Poll

1. UMBC (3) -        15
2. Boston Univ. (2) -  14
3. Binghamton -      10
4. Maine -              6
5. Stony Brook -        5

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