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Swimming & Diving Completes Competition At Bucknell Invitational
Men place fifth (747 pts.), while women claim sixth (785)
November 15, 2012
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LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Binghamton swimming and diving team competed in the three-day Bucknell Invitational over the weekend, returning to the championship-style meet at Kinney Natatorium after a four-year hiatus. The Bearcat men finished fifth out of seven teams, while the women turned in a sixth-place showing.
“We were happy to be back at the Bucknell Invitational,” head coach Sean Clark said. “It was a really fast meet and I thought we performed well. The team competed hard and I feel good about our speed midway through the season. We’ve started to display depth in several different events and this will be a good stepping stone into the second half of our season.”
Yale was victorious on the men’s side with 1,550 points followed by Delaware (1,265.50), Bucknell (1,191), La Salle (793), Binghamton (747), Georgetown (619) and Fordham (608.5). Host Bucknell captured the women’s title with 1,372.5 points followed by Delaware (1,370), La Salle (1,111.5), Georgetown (983), Fordham (860), Binghamton (785) and Yale (206).
Highlighting the meet for the men was Binghamton’s lone winner on either side, freshman Brian McKenna. The first-year swimmer won the 50 free in a time of 20.69, earning the maximum 32 points for the Bearcats. Senior captain Tim Cabasino claimed a finalist finish in the event, placing fifth in a time of 21.14.
Cabasino also had a strong swim in the 100 butterfly, touching second in a lifetime best time of 49.67. The swim was good enough to place the all-conference performer sixth on BU’s All-Time Top 10 list.
Freshman Eric Farm had a record-breaking meet, setting a new BU freshman record in the 100 back. Farm turned in a fourth-place finish with a time of 50.68, dethroning Joe Perez-Rogers’ time of 50.88.
Other finalist performances were turned in by sophomores Emmett Jacobi and Alex Corey. Both touched sixth in the 1650 free and 200 back, respectively. Jacobi’s time of 16:08.13 was a lifetime best and placed him third on BU’s All-Time Top 10 list. Freshman Kevin Ling also placed in the top nine, finishing eighth in the 200 breast with a time of 2:08.49.
On the boards for the men, sophomore Devin Zdanowski displayed his aerobatic ability claiming a pair of second-place finishes. The all-conference diver scored a 310.07 on the three-meter board after tallying 280.80 in the one-meter dive.
The men swam to top-three finishes in all four relay events. Binghamton had its best race in the 400 medley relay as the foursome of Farm, Cabasino, McKenna and Tommy Cumming touched second in a time of 3:24.50. BU claimed third-place showings in the 200 and 400 free relay as well as the 200 medley relay.
For the women, sophomore Caitlin Kelly claimed a pair of fourth-place finishes in the 50 and 100 free, swimming a pair of lifetime bests with times of 23.89 and 52.48. Senior Caitlin Nelson and sophomore Shannon Lampe took sixth and eighth, respectively in the 100 free, giving BU three finalist in the event.
Lampe dropped more than 17 seconds off her 500 free time in just one week, claiming a finalist finish by touching sixth in a time of 5:04.06, third all-time in BU’s program history. The second-year swimmer also placed sixth in the 100 back with a time of 58.37, to give her three finalist finishes for the meet.
Junior Lauren Flower scaled Binghamton’s All-Time Top 10 list in the 400 IM, vaulting to second after placing 11th with a time of 4:33.03. Senior captain Melissa Lindahl, who swam a lifetime best in the 100 back (58.21), claimed a finalist finish in the 200 back touching fifth in a time of 2:05.08. Her time places her third all-time in Binghamton’s program history.
The trio of Corinne Zotter, Flower and Karissa Gorman finished fourth, sixth and eighth, respectively in the 200 breast to give the Bearcats’ three finalists in a second event. Zotter placed fourth in the 100 breast, while Gorman took sixth, as each claimed a pair of finalist finishes.
The quartet of Lindahl, Zotter, Seling Ng and Kelly touched second in the 400 medley relay (3:53.10).
Binghamton returns to Lewisburg in two weeks to take on Bucknell in a dual meet on Saturday, Dec. 1. The competition is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. from Kinney Natatorium.