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Swimming & Diving Ends AE Championship With Record 22 Medals
Bearcat men take second for first time since 2007; women earn second top-five finish in three years
February 17, 2013Tweet
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ORONO, Me. – The 2013 America East Championship came to close Sunday evening, at Maine’s Stanley M. Wallace Pool with the Binghamton men placing second and the women fifth. The Bearcats won four medals on the final day of competition concluding their medal count at 22. UMBC won the men’s title, while New Hampshire captured the women’s championship.
“I thought we had some of our greatest performances ever on Saturday night and we followed it up with a spectacular effort tonight,” head coach Sean Clark said. “I’m so proud of the way we swam, through the fatigue and random ailments, our student-athletes did a phenomenal job representing Binghamton University. We gave it everything we had and are extremely tired, but there were several great highlights all weekend long….I thought we really opened some eyes out there.”
The Binghamton men finished second for the first time since 2007 and the sixth time overall with a program record 856 points. The Retrievers won their ninth America East title in the last 10 years with 1,075 points, while Maine rounded out the standings with 589 points.
The Bearcat women placed fifth with 417 points for their second top-five finish in the last three years. The Wildcats, who won their first title since 2006 and fifth overall with 858 points, were followed by UMBC (818.5), Vermont (548) and Maine (454.5).
A second Binghamton freshman won gold to headline the Bearcats’ day, as Brian McKenna cruised to victory in the 100 free with a time of 45.64. McKenna was named the Most Outstanding Rookie after leading all freshmen with 50.50 points. The Queens native added a silver in the 50 free and a finalist finish in the 100 back as well as legs on the first-place 200 and 400 medley relay teams to his gold in the 100 free. McKenna is the third Bearcat to win the Most Outstanding Rookie award joining Nolan Slesnick (2009) and Kaan Tayla (2005).
Senior Josh Saccurato picked up his third medal of the week after his third-place finish in the 200 butterfly (1:51.76), adding a bronze to his gold (400 IM) and silver (200 IM) medals. Freshman Eric Farm also won a bronze medal on Day Four of the Championship, touching third in the 200 back. Farm earned his second bronze of the week setting a new BU freshman record with a time of 1:50.67, ranking him third all-time in program history.
On the women’s side, Corinne Zotter glided to a second-place finish in the 200 breaststroke to earn her second-career all-conference honor. The sophomore touched in a time of 2:19.33 during the final, but it was junior Lauren Flower who set a new school record winning the consolation final in a time of 2:17.64.
“Lauren had the swim of the meet for the women,” Clark noted. “She was hitting on all cylinders and made a statement by taking over the race. It was a well-earned record.”
Senior Melissa Lindahl earned finalist honors in the 200 back, placing fifth with a time of 2:03.75. Classmate Olivia Baczek, the 2012 silver medalist in the event, placed 11th to garner consolation finalist honors. Baczek holds the program record of 2:02.42, which she set at the 2012 conference meet.
Binghamton is off next week before concluding its season at the ECAC Championship March 1-3 hosted by Harvard. It is the first time the Bearcats will compete in the meet since 2008.
Men’s Final Standings
1. UMBC - 1,075
2. Binghamton - 856
3. Maine - 589
Women’s Final Standings
1. New Hampshire - 858
2. UMBC - 818.5
3. Vermont - 548
4. Maine - 454.5
5. Binghamton - 417
NOTE: Boston University was deemed ineligible for postseason competition as a result of their move to the Patriot League. Stony Brook is currently on a one-year leave of absence.
The Binghamton swimming and diving programs were unable to gain much ground in the standings after Day Three of the America East Championship, Saturday night at Maine’s Stanley M. Wallace Pool. The men had a spectacular day collecting four gold medals, while the women swam strong to battle within striking distance of Vermont and Maine. The men are currently second with 619.5 points, while the women remain in fifth with 321 points.
Senior Josh Saccurato began Binghamton’s gold rush with a victory in the 400 IM, touching first in a lifetime best 3:58.50. Junior Collin Figus earned his first career all-conference honors placing third in the event with a time of 4:02.20. Saccurato has collected a pair of medals at the Championship, taking silver in the 200 IM a night ago.
Senior Tim Cabasino captured his second gold of the Championship after winning the 100 fly with a time of 49.02, third all-time in BU’s Division I history. Cabasino also won the 50 free on Day Two of the Championship becoming the first Binghamton swimmer to win a pair of gold medals since Nolan Slesnick in 2009.
The highlight of the night came from Tommy Cummings however, as the freshman glided to gold in the 100 breast. His time of 56.05 broke the school record set by Phil Dzieniszewski (56.12) in 2011. Cummings is the first BU freshman to win gold at the conference meet since Nolan Slesnick in 2009.
The foursome of Cummings, Cabasino, Eric Farm and Brian McKenna concluded Binghamton’s gold acquisition on Day Three, out touching the UMBC quartet by .06 seconds to win the 400 medley relay (3:18.87). In dramatic fashion, McKenna used a powerful anchor leg to erase a deficit and win the Bearcats’ second gold in a relay event (200 medley relay).
Other all-conference performances were turned in by Devin Zdanowski and Farm. Zdanowski added a silver medal to his bronze on the one-meter board, finishing second in the three-meter dive with a score of 336.35. Farm glided to a third-place finish in the 100 back, setting a new BU freshman record in the process with a time of 50.09.
On the women’s side sophomore Corinne Zotter was unable to defend her 100 breast title, placing fourth to earn finalist recognition. The Vestal graduate did break her own school record by .04 seconds touching in a time of 1:03.49. Senior Karissa Gorman also claimed finalist honors finishing eighth with a time of 1:06.44.
Seniors Olivia Baczek and Melissa Lindahl also turned in finalist performances, placing fifth and eighth, respectively in the 100 back. Baczek, who already owns the second fastest time in program history, touched in a time of 57.72 to improve her lifetime best by .37 seconds. Lindahl finished with a time of 58.31, setting a new personal record and moving to fourth all-time on BU’s top-ten list.
Junior Lauren Flower and sophomore Shannon Lampe each won a consolation final on Saturday night. Flower won the 400 IM consolation final with a time of 4:30.69 to jump to second all-time on BU’s top-ten list. Lampe won the 100 back consolation final in a time of 57.99 to claim third all-time on the program’s top-ten list.
The Binghamton men still trail UMBC and will need to make up a large margin on the final day of competition to catch the Retrievers. UMBC sits in first with 763.5 points followed by the Bearcats (619.5) and Maine (383). The women remain in fifth place with 321 points after Day Three, trailing first-place New Hampshire (571), UMBC (569.5), Vermont (374) and Maine (324.5).
The Binghamton swimming and diving program picked up five medals on Day Two of the America East Championship, Friday night at Maine’s Stanley M. Wallace Pool. The evening was highlighted by Tim Cabasino’s gold in the 50 free, winning in exciting fashion by .02 seconds. The Binghamton men are currently sitting in second place, while the women finished the day in fifth.
After qualifying first in the preliminaries, Cabasino out touched teammate Brian McKenna and UMBC’s Stephen Gallagher by .02 seconds to collect Binghamton’s third gold of the week. McKenna and Gallagher simultaneously touched in a time of 20.88, each earning silver medals and 16.5 points for their squads.
The Binghamton men also won a pair of medals in the 200 IM as senior Josh Saccurato and freshman Tommy Cummings finished second and third, respectively. Saccurato garnered his third straight all-conference honor, placing second with a time of 1:50.62. Cummings broke a seven-year old freshman record placing third in a time of 1:51.85, besting Brenno Varanda’s record of 1:52.29 set in 2006.
Eight other finalist helped Binghamton finish the night in second with 301.5 points. Sophomore Leo Wright and freshman Eric Farm touched sixth and seventh in the 50 free, respectively. The Bearcats registered four finalists in the 500 free led by freshman Pat Kilgallen’s fourth place finish. Sophomore Emmett Jacobi, freshman Andrew Duszynski and sophomore Alexi Corey touched sixth, seventh, eighth. Senior Aaron Budner and Collin Figus place fifth and eighth, respectively in the 200 IM.
UMBC leads the men’s side after Day Two with a score of 369.5, while Maine sits in third with 191 total points.
On the women’s side, Imani Williams continued her medal run capturing bronze on the one-meter board. Following her gold in the three-meter dive Friday, Williams scored a 237.60 to become the first BU diver to win a pair of medals at the conference championship.
Sophomore Caitlin Kelly and senior Olivia Baczek swam to finalist finishes (top-8) in the 50 free. Kelly used a personal best time of 23.85 to place fourth, while Baczek (silver medalist in 2012) touched sixth in a time of 23.97. Sophomore Shannon Lampe was also a finalist for the women placing eighth in the 500 free (5:04.12).
The foursome of Baczek, Kelly, Caitlin Nelson and Corinne Zotter set a new school record in the 200 free relay, placing fourth with a time of 1:35.78. The old record of 1:35.85 was set at the 2011 conference meet.
The Binghamton women are currently fifth in the standings with 185 points behind New Hampshire (331), UMBC (298.5), Vermont (219) and host Maine (188.5).
The Binghamton swimming and diving program captured a pair of gold medals on day one of the America East Championship, Thursday night from Maine’s Stanley M. Wallace Pool. Sophomore diver Imani Williams collected a gold medal on the three-meter board while the men’s 200 medley relay team swam to a first-place finish. Both squads currently sit in third place after the first day of competition.
“It was an exciting night for us,” head coach Sean Clark said. “We were ready to go and we’ve been looking forward to this meet and proving ourselves. Its going to be tough to top tonight’s highlight (Williams’ win on 3M board), but we happily accept the challenge. Both teams are in shape, are ready to go and very excited for the individual events tomorrow.”
Williams produced a historic performance in the night session’s first event, winning Binghamton’s first-ever gold medal in a diving event (men or women) at the conference championship. After qualifying fifth in the preliminaries, Williams broke a six-year old program record with a score of 272.80 set by Katherine Hussfurter in 2007.
“Imani (Williams) was really in tuned with what she was doing out there,” Clark noted. “She dove to her potential and was really enjoying herself out there tonight.”
The Bearcats earned their second gold in the evening’s final event, as the foursome of Eric Farm, Tim Cabasino, Josh Saccurato and Brian McKenna won the 200 medley relay. The quartet just missed the school record of 1:30.16 by .67, touching in a time of 1:30.83 to win the event for the first time since 2007. BU dominated the 200 medley relay up to that point, running off six straight victories from 2002-2007.
On the boards for the men, senior Justin Mattison and sophomore Devin Zdanowski finished two-three in the one-meter dive to round out Binghamton’s medal count at four. Mattison, who recorded back-to-back finalist finishes at the conference meet the last two seasons, jumped to second after qualifying fourth with a career-best score of 269.35. Zdanowski earned his second bronze medal of his short career with a 262.95 in the finals.
Zdanowski qualified second in the preliminaries with a career-best 309.75, securing a spot at the NCAA Zone Diving Competition. The sophomore from Brighton, N.Y. qualified for Zones on the three-meter board two weeks ago and is just the second BU diver to qualify for Zones in both diving events (Ryan Graham, 2009).
The women’s 200 medley relay team of Olivia Baczek, Corinne Zotter, Caitlin Kelly and Shannon Lampe broke the school record with a time of 1:44.56, swimming to a fourth-place finish.
The Binghamton men currently sit in third with 73 points after being disqualified for an early start in the 800 free relay, costing the Bearcats valuable points. UMBC is on top of the leaderboard after day one with 148 points, while Maine is in second with 77.
The Bearcat women also sit in third behind UMBC (112) and New Hampshire (106) with 81 points. Maine (78) and Vermont (75) round out the top five.
Competition resumes tomorrow at 10 a.m. with the preliminaries of four events (Women’s one-meter dive, 500 free, 200 IM and 50 free).