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Swimming and Diving Completes Sweep At Colgate On Friday
Men win handily 198-80; women defeat Colgate for first time in program history
January 17, 2014Tweet
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HAMILTON, N.Y.—Binghamton swimming and diving swept Colgate in both men’s and women’s dual meet competition on Friday afternoon at Lineberry Natatorium. The men (1-3) won in convincing fashion, beating the Raiders 198-80, while the women (2-2) picked up their first win over Colgate in school history with a 161-138 triumph.
“It was a total team effort today,” head coach Sean Clark said. “The men were able to flex their versatility and pick up some impressive wins from some of our senior leaders, and the women got contributions from a lot of areas that helped us pick up our first win over Colgate in the 10 years that I’ve been here.”
Dating back to the 2002-03 season, Colgate was a perfect 11-0 against Binghamton in women’s swimming and diving competition. On Friday, the Bearcats snapped that streak in large part to the performances of veteran swimmers. In addition to receiving four victories from juniors Shannon Lampe and Corinne Zotter, BU was sparked by senior leaders Racquel Giner and Lauren Flower.
After winning the opening 200 medley relay, Binghamton received a jolt of energy from Flower who cruised to a 1000 free victory. Her time of 10:42.08 was just below her season’s best time of 10:41.50. Later in the day, Flower was also able to secure a second place finish in the 500 free for the visiting Bearcats. Despite not winning a race, fellow senior Racquel Giner’s three second-place finishes were huge for BU. She took second in the 100 back, the 200 back and the 200 IM and was able to collect 12 crucial points for her team.
“We had the right mindset going into the meet and went right at them with everything we had,” Clark explained. “Our senior leaders really stepped up and provided strong leadership and timely performances we needed to come through with a win. Lauren (Flower) swam brilliantly in the 1000 and Racquel (Giner) had a few second place finishes that were huge because they took points away from Colgate. I’m really proud of the way we fought and felt it was a much deserved win.”
In the 100 fly, Lampe swam to a new lifetime best with a winning time of 58.13, surpassing teammate Selina Ng for the sixth fastest time in program history. Lampe also recorded a win in the 100 back, edging out Giner for the top spot.
Vestal native Corinne Zotter came away with a pair of wins at Colgate as well, sweeping the 100 and 200 breast events. Fellow junior Caitlin Kelly recorded a lightning fast time of 23.90 in the 50 free and anchored the 200 medley relay team to a nearly two-second win over the Raiders.
On the boards, both Kimberly Robertson and Bettina Hughes had their most impressive showing to date. After placing third and fifth in the 1M, the duo combined to finish one-two on the 3M. Robertson took first with a score of 222.07, while the newcomer Hughes grabbed her career-best finish of second place with a tally of 200.02.
On the men’s side, Binghamton set the tone early, winning five of the first six events from Hamilton. Pacing the Bearcats were a pair of double winners in sophomore Eric Farm and senior captain Collin Figus. Farm, who usually competes in back events, instead picked up wins in the 100 and 200 free for the Bearcats on Friday. His time of 48.34 in the 100 is the second fastest time this season for the men. Figus secured wins in the 200 fly (1:56.90) and 200 IM (2:00.10) as BU picked up their first dual meet victory of the season.
Ed Hausmann and Winston Chiang joined fellow senior Collin Figus in the winners circle as well on Friday. Hausmann secured his first collegiate victory by besting teammate Ruan Zorgman in the 100 fly in a time of 52.01. In the 200 back, Chiang secured gold with a time of 1:58.41 as BU went 1-2-3 in that event.
In addition to sweeping the 200 medley and 400 free relays, the men also received a pair of first place finishes from junior Devin Zdanowski in the 1M and 3M dive. At the conclusion of Friday’s meet, Binghamton took first in 13 of 16 events.
“It was really exciting to see our guys excel in some different events they wouldn’t normally race in,” Clark said. “Eric (Farm) winning twice in the free and Brian (McKenna) with a victory in the 100 back really shows to our team’s versatility. I was also happy to see three of our seniors get wins on the afternoon and I think this will help carry momentum heading into Saturday’s dual meet with St. Bonaventure.”
Binghamton will be back in action tomorrow at 1 p.m., swimming against St. Bonaventure on Saturday afternoon from Patricia A. Saunders Aquatic Center. The Bonnies are defending A-10 champions on the men’s side and the women head into Saturday with a dual meet record of 1-3, beating Canisius back on Nov. 16. Binghamton is 3-7 all-time against the Bonnies.