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Williams Wins Gold On 3-Meter Board On Day One of AE Championship
Sophomore becomes first-ever BU diver to win gold in a diving event at the conference meet
February 14, 2013
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VESTAL, N.Y. – Sophomore diver Imani Williams began the America East Championship with a historic performance for the Bearcats swimming and diving program. Williams won Binghamton’s first-ever gold medal in a diving event (men or women) at the conference championship, placing first on the three-meter board. Her score of 272.80 broke a six-year old school record (270.60) set by Katherine Hassfurter in 2007 and bested the next competitor by more than five points.
The Binghamton swimming and diving program is in Orono, Maine this week to compete in the four-day America East Championship, Feb. 14-17. The first session kicked-off on Thursday morning with the meet continuing through Sunday, Feb. 17 at Maine’s Stanley M. Wallace Pool.
The 2013 America East Championship will witness just three teams battle for the title as Boston University and Stony Brook will not compete in the conference meet. The Terriers are ineligible for postseason competition as a result of their departure for the Patriot League and the Seawolves are currently on a one-year leave of absence. The America East Championship returns to Maine for the 10th time with Binghamton capturing its lone title in Orono in 2003.
At last year’s conference meet, Boston University (896.5) knocked off eight-time defending champion UMBC (842.5) for the school’s fourth title. Binghamton followed UMBC with a total 604 points for the program’s fifth straight third-place finish. Stony Brook (360) and Maine (316) rounded out the standings.
Binghamton completed its dual meet schedule with a 3-5 record, including a season-ending win at Marist. The Bearcats return three all-conference performers and have a championship-style meet under their belt, participating in the Bucknell Invitational last November for the first time in four years. Three Binghamton swimmers will enter the championship meet with the conference’s top qualifying times.
The Bearcats will be led seniors Tim Cabasino and Josh Saccurato as well as sophomore diver Devin Zdanowski, each earned top-three finishes at the 2012 conference meet. Cabasino took silver in the 100 free, while Saccurato and Zdanowski captured bronze in the 200 IM and and three-meter dive, respectively. Six other Bearcats garnered finalist honors (top-eight).
Top qualifiers for Binghamton are Cabasino, sophomore Emmett Jacobi and freshman Brian McKenna. Cabasino is the league’s top qualifier in the 100 fly (49.67), while Jacobi holds the conference’s fastest time in the 1650 free (16:08.13). McKenna headlines a talented freshman class, recording the fastest time in the 50 free (50.69).
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At the 2012 America East Championship, Binghamton placed seventh for the first time since the 2007 conference meet. Boston University captured its third title in four years and fifth overall, edging out defending champion UMBC by 37 points. New Hampshire (649.5), Vermont (366) and Stony Brook (331) rounded out the top five.
The field of participants will be trimmed to five as Boston University is ineligible for postseason competition as a result of their move to the Patriot League and Stony Brook is currently on a one-year leave of absence.
The Bearcats finished their dual meet schedule with a 2-7 record, registering wins over Drexel and Canisius. Binghamton earned valuable championship-style meet experience competing at the Bucknell Invitational last November for the first time in four seasons.
Binghamton returns its top two point-scorers from the last year’s squad, including defending 100 breast champion Corinne Zotter. The sophomore from Vestal, N.Y. will match up against Katie Mann (2012 Most Outstanding Swimmer and Rookie) of New Hampshire in both breaststroke events as the pair finished the season with the top two times in the conference.
Senior captain Olivia Baczek will look to build upon a solid 2012 Championship, collecting a pair of silver medals in the 50 free and 200 back. Sophomore Caitlin Kelly will look to earn her first finalist honor of her career, qualifying first in the 50 free.