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Swimming and Diving Ready For ECAC Championship This Weekend
Bearcats head to Navy for three-day event beginning on Friday
February 27, 2014Tweet
Contact: Mike Porter (email@example.com)
Date: Friday, Feb. 28-Sunday, March 2
Place: Annapolis, Md.
Venue: US Naval Academy at Lejeune Hall
Defending Champions: Boston Univ. (M &W)
MEN GEAR UP FOR POSTSEASON ACTION
With the elimination of this year’s men’s America East Championships, the Binghamton men’s swimming and diving team turns its attention to this weekend’s ECAC Championships held at Navy. A total of 20 swimming programs will be competing in the open men’s division in this year’s event which is stretched out over three days.
The Bearcats last had competition on Feb. 1 when they hosted Marist in a dual meet. BU picked up their second victory of the season with a 167-128 triumph over the Red Foxes. Sophomores Andrew Duszynski, Brian McKenna and Tommy Cummings all won a pair of events nearly a month ago. Duszynksi was victorious in both the 200 and 500 free, while McKenna took both sprint events against the MAAC school.
On the diving board, Devin Zdanowski figures to be one of the favorites competing over the weekend. He’s the second seed on the 3M board (332.48) and third on the one-meter (285.83). In addition to competing at ECAC’s, Zdanowski has qualified to compete in NCAA zones in Blacksburg, Virginia on March 10-12.
Binghamton has four swimmers who all have accumulated top-10 seeds for this championship. Freshman Ruan Zorgman has the sixth fastest time in the 200 breast and is ranked seventh and eighth in the 400 and 200 IM, respectively. Eric Farm will be factor in both back events, specifically the 100 back where he recorded the third fastest heat amongst competitors with a clocked time of 49.86 (second fastest in school history). Tommy Cummings is ranked sixth in the 100 breast event and McKenna heads to Annapolis with the fifth fastest time in the 50 free at 20.58.
Four BU seniors will make their final appearance in the pool over the weekend. Collin Figus will be competing in five events, with his highest seeding coming in the 400 IM where he’s 13th (4:10.52). Winston Chiang has four events on tap, including the 200 back where he clocked a time of 1:58.41. Ed Hausmann, a senior from North Babylon, N.Y., will compete in both fly races, with his best time coming in the 100 where he is seeded at 51.59 (18th of 47). Lastly, John Pangal will be wrapping up his senior season with a pair of races in the 100 and 200 fly.
GINER, FLOWER AND ZOTTER ALL TO COMPETE FOR WOMEN
Binghamton will send three swimmers from the women’s squad to Annapolis, headlined by junior standout Corinne Zotter. The local Vestal HS grad earned four medals at the 2014 America East championship two weeks ago, including a silver medalist performance in the 100 breast where she qualified for the NCAA ‘B’ Cut. Zotter set school records in both the 100 breast (1:01.88) and 200 breast (2:17.40) in Worcester, Mass.She will be competing in both the 100 and 200 breast, and both freestyle sprint events.
A pair of seniors will swim in their final meet for BU as well. Four-year letterwinners Lauren Flower and Racquel Giner will be active over the weekend. Flower, Binghamton’s all-time record holder in the 1000 and 1650 free, will swim in the 500 free and both the 200 and 400 IM. Giner, who hails from Mount Kisco, N.Y., will take part in the 200 IM, 100 back and 200 back.
CHAMPIONSHIP BEGINS ON FRIDAY
Trials for both the men and women begin on Friday at 10 a.m. in Lejeune Hall. Men’s three-meter diving will kick things off and the morning session will end with the men’s 400 medley relay. Twelve sets of finals will take place on the first day of action, beginning at 6 p.m. from Annapolis. Saturday will follow the same format, with trials at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. Sunday’s races will start off a bit earlier with trials start on time at 9 a.m. and finals taking place at 4 p.m..