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Swimming and Diving Finishes Fifth At America East Championship
Kelly wins second gold in sprints; Flower and Zotter earn bronze on final day of competition
February 16, 2014Tweet
Worcester, Mass.—Binghamton won three medals on Sunday, closing out the 2014 America East women’s swimming and diving championships with a fifth-place finish. The Bearcats finished with seven all-conference performers, headlined by junior Caitlin Kelly who took gold in both sprint events.
“It was a highlight filled ending to the America East Championship for us,” head coach Sean Clark said afterwards. “We came up just short of passing Maine, but boy we gave it everything we had. The girls competed with a lot of grit and determination to leave a mark at the championship level and I certainly think we did that.”
Kelly closed out a fantastic 2014 America East Championship with another gold in the 100 free. She broke her own personal record in the prelims with a time of 51.19 and bettered her time in the finals. Kelly touched first in a time of 50.93 which is the second fastest time in school history. In total, Kelly took home four medals (50 free, 100 free, 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay).
By sweeping both sprint events, Kelly becomes the first Binghamton swimmer to do so since 2005 (Huijue Cai).
“It’s definitely a good source of pride for us to have Caitlin (Kelly) finish as the top sprinter of the meet. She came through in the clutch with some blistering times and really helped lead the way.”
For the second straight day, Corinne Zotter made school history at the WPI Sports and Recreation Center. Zotter finished third in the 200 breast and broke the school record with a time of 2:17.40. Like Kelly, she earned four medals over the weekend (100 breast, 200 breast, 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay)
Lauren Flower won bronze in the 1650 free with a time of 17:11.27. Flower, competing in his final collegiate meet, was able to make America East All-Conference honors with her third place finish and narrowly missed out breaking her own previous best mark (17:09.68).
Taryn McLaughlin made the finals of the 200 fly, improving her prelim time by 01.41 seconds. In her first America East final, McLaughlin stepped up the challenge with a fifth place finish and a new lifetime best (1:05.21) for the sophomore from Chatham, N.J..
The Bearcats had a pair of representatives in the 100 free consolation final. Elle Anastasiou took fourth with a time of 52.92, making her way into the top-10 fastest times in school history. Just behind Anastasiou was junior Shannon Lampe who finished fifth at 52.94, also a new lifetime best.
New Hampshire repeated as America East Champions, winning the meet with 877 team points. In second place for the fourth year in a row is UMBC and tying their program-best finish for the second straight season in third place is Vermont. Maine finished with 462.5 points, clearing the Bearcats by just 18 team points.
1. New Hampshire, 877
2. UMBC, 684.5
3. Vermont, 640
4. Maine, 462.5
5. Binghamton, 444