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Swimming & Diving announces team award winners and 2012-13 captains

Head coach Sean Clark names six seniors to lead team next year

May 31, 2012


Swimming & Diving announces team award winners and 2012-13 captains

VESTAL, N.Y. - Head coach Sean Clark and the Binghamton University swimming and diving program held its annual end of the year banquet in which the team awarded outstanding performances from the 2011-12 season as well as naming their captains for next year.

Clark and his staff named men’s and women’s most valuable performers (MVP), most improved swimmers, hard to outdo (H20) candidates and a most valuable and improved diver. All award winners and captains were honored based on a team vote, except the coaches’ award.

Senior Nolan Slesnick was named the men’s team MVP, while freshman Corinne Zotter was honored as the women’s MVP. Slesnick and Zotter each took home gold at the 2012 America East Championships with Slesnick winning the mile swim and Zotter touching first in the 100 breast.

The most improved swimmers were sophomore Winston Chiang for the men and freshman Timea Toszer on the women’s side. Chiang went from a 14th place finish at the 2011 conference meet in the 100 back to a finalist position this past February, while Toszer swam lifetime bests in the 50, 100, 200 and 500 free.

The most valuable diver was freshman Devin Zdanowksi with junior Justin Mattison being named most improved for the second straight season. At the conference meet, Zdanowksi earned all-conference honors on the three-meter board after slipping on his first attempt while bringing home a finalist finish in the meter dive. Mattison claimed a pair of finalist honors on both boards for the second consecutive year.

The H20 (hard-to-outdo) coaches’ award went to a trio of women. Juniors Karissa Gorman, Caitlin Nelson and Lauri Crimmins all earned recognition by their coaching staff. On the men’s side junior Tim Cabasino and captain Dan Feeley were honored with the award. The H20 award recognizes the individual who displays dedication, determination, and the total team spirit on a daily basis.
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Senior Jenna Easton was honored with a new award in 2012. Easton was named the Big Board award winner, finishing with the most career points by a Binghamton women’s diver. She is the only Binghamton women’s diver to earn finalist honors in the meter dive all four years. The National College Athlete Honor Society member earned finalist honors seven out of a possible eight times, the most ever by a BU female diver.

The men’s captains for the 2012-13 season will be seniors Aaron Budner, Tim Cabasino and Josh Saccurato. The trio of three-year letterwinners will lead the Bearcats into the 2012-13 season. Cabasino and Saccurato were all-conference performers at the last February’s conference meet while Budner swam to a pair of finalist finishes.

The program also named a trio of seniors as the women’s team captains. Olivia Baczek, Melissa Lindahl and Caitlin Nelson will represent the women’s squad during the 2012-13 season. Baczek, the team’s top point-scorer at the conference meet earned all-conference honors with her second place finish in the 50 free. Lindahl and Nelson are a pair of three-year letterwinners, each securing places on two of Binghamton’s all-time top-10 lists.

At the 2012 conference meet the men finished in third place for the fifth straight year, while the women placed seventh. The Bearcats had a total of six all-conference performers at the America East Championships (Baczek, Zotter, Slesnick, Cabasino, Saccurato, Zdanowski).

2011-12 AWARD WINNERS:
Men’s Most Valuable Performer: Nolan Slesnick, Sr.
Women’s Most Valuable Performer: Corinne Zotter, Fr.
Men’s Most Improved Swimmer: Winston Chiang, So.
Women’s Most Improved Swimmer: Timea Tozser, Fr.
Men’s H20 Coaches’ Award: Tim Cabasino, Jr./Dan Feeley, Sr.
Women’s H20 Coaches’ Award: Karissa Gorman, So./Caitlin Nelson, Jr./Lauri Crimmins, Jr.
Most Valuable Diver: Devin Zdanowski, Fr.
Most Improved Diver: Justin Mattison, So.
Big Board Award: Jenna Easton, Sr.

2012-13 CAPTAINS:
Men: Aaron Budner ’13, Tim Cabasino ’13, Josh Saccurato ‘13
Women: Olivia Baczek ’13, Melissa Lindahl ’13, Caitlin Nelson ‘13

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