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Swimming and Diving Hosts Marist On Saturday

Final home dual meet for BU’s six seniors set for 1 p.m.

January 31, 2014


Swimming and Diving Hosts Marist On Saturday

Senior Lauren Flower

Contact: Mike Porter (sports1@binghamton.edu)

Vestal, N.Y.—Saturday marks the regular season finale for the Binghamton men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs as they get set to take on MAAC heavyweights Marist. The dual meet, which takes place on Saturday at 1 p.m. from Patricia A. Saunders Aquatic Center, will also be the final home event for six Binghamton seniors. The women will say goodbye to Lauren Flower and Racquel Giner, while the men will honor Winston Chiang, Collin Figus, Ed Hausmann and John Pangal in a short senior ceremony before the first event.

BU last competed at home on Jan. 18 against St. Bonaventure. The women won their second straight meet, defeating the Bonnies 180-120 and the men were narrowly defeated by just 14 team points to the defending A-10 champions. The women improved to 3-2 in dual meet competition this season, while the men fell to 1-4.

The Bearcats won 11 times in women’s action, including sweeping relay and diving board competition nearly two weeks ago against SBU. Corinne Zotter and Caitlin Kelly each won twice, and diver Kimberly Robertson won both the 1 and 3M boards. For her efforts, Robertson was rewarded with the America East Diver of the Week (Binghamton’s first weekly award this season).

The men lost 154-140 to the Bonnies but had plenty of impressive performances to look back on. Eric Farm swept the back events and also was a part of BU’s 200 medley relay winning squad. Fellow sophomore Tommy Cummings was also a part of three victories against St. Bonaventure, highlighted by his dominating performance in the 100 breast with a winning time of 58.07. Junior diver Devin Zdanowski continued his winning ways on the boards, sweeping both events for Binghamton.

Marist enters Saturday with records of 8-2 on both sides for legendary coach Larry VanWagner who is in his 35th year coaching the Red Foxes. They earned a split last weekend versus Seton Hall as the men claimed a 177-118 victory. The women lost a heartbreaker to the Pirates by just six points, 153-147. However, the women are defending MAAC champions and will look to win their fifth straight crown on the dates of Feb. 13-15 in Buffalo, N.Y..  The men have perennially dominated the MAAC conference championships, at one point winning 12 of 13 championships from 1996-2008. Last year they finished runners-up in the 10-team field.

Following Saturday’s meet, Binghamton turns its attention to postseason competition. The women will be on the road at the America East Championships on Feb. 13-16 in Worcester, Mass.. Without a conference tournament this season, the men shift their focus towards the ECAC Championships on Feb. 28- March 2 at Navy.  In other postseason news, Devin Zdanowski has qualified once again for the NCAA Regional Zone Diving Meet which takes place March 10-12 in Blacksburg, Va..

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