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Swimming and Diving Takes Sixth At Bucknell Invitational
Senior Lauren Flower breaks school record in the mile
November 24, 2013Tweet
Lewisburg, Pa.—Both the men and women finished sixth at the conclusion of the Bucknell Invitational on Sunday from Kinney Natatorium. The Bearcat men slid back two spots today and were narrowly edged out by fifth place Delaware who cleared them by just seven team points. The women held firm at sixth place throughout the entire weekend as hosts Bucknell cruised to victory for the second consecutive year by a large margin of 777.5 points over second-place Fordham. Yale University came out victorious on the men’s side, edging out Bucknell on Sunday.
“Not only were we solid in the pool tonight, but also over the course of the weekend,” head coach Sean Clark said. “We had 15 new postings on the top-10 list for the women and five on the men’s side. The contributions came from all ends here in Bucknell with so many personal bests being set. The level of competition here and the set up as a championship-style event is a great way to close out 2013 and I’m really looking forward to our second half of the season come January.”
Senior Lauren Flower had the race of the day for Binghamton, making school history in the mile. She set a program record with a time of 17:09.68 in the day’s first final, a time that beat the previous best mark by nearly 11 seconds. Flower finished fourth overall in the heat as Bucknell’s Kelly Pontecorvo swam a blistering time of 16:34.15 to claim the top spot.
Corinne Zotter followed up a second-place finish in the 100 breast on Saturday with a runner-up honor in the 200 breast. Zotter, a local product of Vestal, produced a finals time of 2:18.37 which is a career-best for the junior standout.
On the men’s side, Ruan Zorgman continued to rack up top-10 times, securing a fifth-place finish in the 200 breast final. His mark of 2:04.69 is the fifth fastest time in BU history. Sophomore Tommy Cummings finished just behind Zorgman in the final, earning him a sixth place finish and the seventh fastest time of the entire heat.
Eric Farm took runner-up in the ‘B’ final of the 200 back. Farm clocked a time of 1:52.07 which was the seventh quickest in the entire field. Senior Ed Hausmann also was a consolation runner-up with a time of 1:56.96 in the 200 fly.
Sophomore Taryn McLaughlin took the consolation final in the 200 fly and earned a personal best time in the process (2:07.17). Junior sprinter Caitlin Kelly finished fourth in the finals of the 100 free and freshman Meghan Feminella also swam well in the very same event, collecting a new lifetime best time of 53.75 in the prelims.
On the diving board, junior Devin Zdanowski recorded a fourth place finish in the finals of the 1-meter board. He earned his team 26 points with a finals score of 288.00. Zdanowski also finished fourth in the 3-M which took place on Friday evening.
In the three-day event, Binghamton saw its fair share of personal bests being set. Sophomore Stephanie Malyszka registered five of her own, senior Winston Chiang had four and newcomer Ruan Zorgman collected three (all of which were top-10 program marks).
The Bucknell Invitational marks the last competition of 2013 for Binghamton. However, its not the last time BU will make a trip to Lewisburg. The Bearcats resume their meet schedule on Jan. 12 at Bucknell, one of their four dual meets in 2014.
MEN FINAL RESULTS
1. Yale – 1,591.5
2. Bucknell – 1,431.5
3. La Salle – 823.5
4. Georgetown – 761
5. Delaware – 738
6. Binghamton – 731
7. Fordham – 601.5
8. Penn State – 149
9. Susquehanna - 147
WOMEN FINAL RESULTS
1. Bucknell – 1,870
2. Fordham – 1,092.5
3. Delaware – 935
4. Georgetown – 871
5. La Salle – 735.5
6. Binghamton – 572
7. Central Connecticut – 461
8. Yale – 231
9. Susquehanna – 148
10. Penn State - 64