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Men’s Swimming & Diving welcomes Stony Brook at 1 p.m.

Bearcats will honor its nine graduating seniors prior to meet

February 3, 2012


Men’s Swimming & Diving welcomes Stony Brook at 1 p.m.

Contact: Terrence Lollie (sports@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. - The Binghamton swimming and diving program will honor its nine graduating seniors prior to their meet against America East rival Stony Brook at 1 p.m. The Bearcats will face-off with the Seawolves in a dual meet for 11th straight season. The Binghamton men have compiled a perfect record of 10-0 against Stony Brook, while the women carry a record of 4-5-1 versus it’s SUNY counterpart. The rare tie came last season, as the meet concluded with a 150-150 score.

LAST TIME OUT: The Binghamton swimming and diving program hosted Western New York rival St. Bonaventure two weekends ago and the Bearcats came away with a split. The women were victorious 166-119, as the men fell 166-133. Headlining the women’s triumph were four Bearcats who earned a pair of first-place finishes. Sophomore Lauren Flower, along with freshmen Shannon Lampe, Caitlin Kelly and diver Imani Williams all recorded two victories against the Bonnies. Other winners on the day for the women were juniors Olivia Baczek and Karissa Gorman and freshman Corinne Zotter. On the men’s side, all-conference swimmers Nolan Slesnick and Josh Saccurato both swam to a pair of first-place finishes. Slesnick won the 500 free and 1000 free, easily cruising to victory in each race. Saccurato was first to touch the wall in the 200 breast and 200 IM.

SENIOR DAY: Prior to Saturday’s meet the Binghamton swimming and diving program will honor it’s nine graduating seniors. Dan Feeley, Nolan Slesnick, Tricia Alejandro, Kylie Cremer, Jenna Easton, Sarah Kupferberg, Maria Mazzoni, Morgan Neal and Margaret Rakoczy will compete in their final meet at the Patricia A. Saunders Aquatic Center.

LAST TIME THEY MET: Last season, the men defeated the Seawolves 163-124, while the women finished in a rare tie, 150-150. Nolan Slesnick led the charge for the men claiming first in the 1000 free and 200 IM. Now juniors, Mark Cereste and Josh Saccurato also earned first-place finishes. For the women, Tiffany Siu touched first in three events, winning the 1000 free, 200 fly and 500 free. Now a senior, Jenna Easton swept both boards, taking first in the meter and three-meter dive.

A LOOK AT STONY BROOK: The Seawolves most recently competed in a dual meet with Bryant University. Stony Brook handed the visitors a pair of defeats, with the men winning157-105 and the women taking the 156-106 victory. The men are 3-5 in dual meets, while the women have compiled a record of 3-6. At last year’s conference meet both Seawolves teams finished directly behind the Bearcats. The Stony Brook men placed fourth and the women finished in sixth. The Binghamton men outscored Stony Brook by more than 300 points, while the women finished 106 points better than their SUNY counterparts.

UP NEXT:  The Bearcats will spend the next two and a half weeks training for the America East Championships which begin Thursday, Feb. 23 in Boston. At last year’s championship the men placed third for the fourth straight season, while the women finished in the top-five for the first time since the 2004 championships. Defending titles will be Nolan Slesnick, who won gold in the 400 IM and Tiffany Siu, who topped the podium in the 200 fly.

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