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Swimming And Diving Bested By UMass In Season Opener
Bearcats' women lost 175-133, men dropped first meet 185.5-122.5
November 2, 2013Tweet
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Amherst, Mass.—The Binghamton men’s and women’s diving team both suffered defeats over the weekend in their season-opening dual meet with UMass. The men fell 185.5-122.5 to last year’s Atlantic-10 runners-up, while the women were defeated 175-133 over the two-day Invitational-style meet.
“We had one of our longest preseasons in school history so I think we were pretty excited to be in the pool for competition once again,” head coach Sean Clark said. “UMass really has a quality program and just got the better of us this weekend. I thought there were a lot of good things that came out of our first meet and we are positioned well to build upon this performance.”
On Friday, Binghamton boasted a pair of winners in the first session held at Joseph R. Rogers Pool. Sophomore Brian McKenna touched first in the 50 free, besting Minutemen junior John Conway by .11 seconds. McKenna’s time of 21.23 earned the Bearcats nine points with the victory. On the women’s side, Cindy Shi won the 1000 yard free event with a time of 10:53.77. The freshman from Monroe, N.J. held the slight edge over teammate Taryn McLaughlin who finished second.
BU finished 2-3 in the 200 IM, highlighted by newcomer Ruan Zorgman’s strong debut. Zorgman took second in the heat, registering a time of 1:57.98 and second-year swimmer Tommy Cummings finished just behind at 1:58.08. Also finishing in second during the first day of events was Andrew Duszynski (1000 yard free) and Devin Zdanowski (1M Dive).
Junior Caitlin Kelly had a strong start to her seasons posting a time of 24.58 in the 50 free. Kelly, who had seven first place finishes in 2012-13, took second as she was bested by Zoe Judd of UMass (24.35).
In relay action, Binghamton recorded second place finishes in the men’s and womens 200 medley. The foursome of Eric Farm, Ed Hausmann, Cummings and McKenna lost a thrilling race with the Minutemen by the narrowest of times (.04 seconds). Claudia Coccaro, Corinne Zotter, Selina Ng and Kelly finished with a time of 1:48.61, just over two seconds behind UMass’ first-place finishers.
Today, Eric Farm got Binghamton in the win column first, taking the 100 back in impressive fashion. The sophomore fell just shy of a personal best, a time of 50.09 he recorded last year (2nd fastest in BU history). He followed up that performance with a third-place finish in the 200 back.
Other wins on the men’s side on Saturday included Ruan Zorgman (200 breast) and Andrew Duszynski (500 free). Zorgman’s time of 2:09.34 just beat out Michael Glenn of UMass, giving the freshman his first collegiate win. Duszynski also swam well on Saturday, recording a winning time of 4:44.94 in the lengthy 500 free.
For the women, Corinne Zotter showed why she will be one of the Bingamton swimmers to look out for. Zotter touched second in the 100 breast and recorded a dual meet best time of 2:22.50 in the 200 breast. Fellow junior Caitlin Kelly picked up BU’s lone victory on Saturday with a gold in the 100 free. Her time of 53.68 ties Lindsay Wright (2007) as the 10th fastest 100 time in school history.
Binghamton welcomes in Drexel on Saturday, Nov. 9 for their first home meet at the Patricia A. Saunders Aquatic Center. Action begins at 1 p.m. from the West Gym.