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Marist hands Swimming & Diving a pair of defeats

Men fall just short 152-148, women defeated 172-110

November 19, 2011

Marist hands Swimming & Diving a pair of defeats

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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - The Binghamton swimming and diving program competed fiercely until the very last race, but was handed a pair of defeats by Marist, Saturday afternoon at McCann Natatorium. The men lost by the slim margin of 152-148, while the women fell by the score of 172-110.

It is the first time Marist has defeated the BU men in their brief three-year series. The Marist women avenged a 167-133, 2010 loss to the Bearcats. The men are now 0-4 on the season, but were recently ranked 24th in’s inaugural Mid-Major Poll. Following the loss, the women moved to 1-3 on the year, competing with a depleted lineup due to injuries.

“It was a very exciting contest,” head coach Sean Clark said. “I knew we were pretty well-matched, but not that well… it was a great battle between the men. And the women were a little short-handed, but swam strong and were game throughout. We saw some great things on both sides, especially on the boards.”

In a back-and-forth affair throughout, the Bearcats and Red Foxes each won seven of the 14 events with the meet coming down to the day’s final race, the 400 free relay. The Binghamton men needed to take first and third places to sneak out with the win. While the foursome of Leo Wright, Dan Feeley, Aaron Budner and Tim Cabasino won the race, Marist’s depth proved too much for the Bearcats as the Red Foxes took second and third along with the victory.

Cabasino, in an unexpected appearance in the 100 fly, evened the score for the Bearcats following his victory in a time of 52.05. Junior Andrew Ellman continued to swing the momentum BU’s way with a pair of victories in the breaststroke events. Ellman swam to a first-place finish in the 100 breast with a time of 1:01.48 and won the 200 in a time of 2:14.98. Cabasino also won the 50 free in a time of 22.09.

“Tim’s (Cabasino) performance in the 100 fly really kept us in the meet,” Clark continued. “I thought his (Cabasino) and Andrew’s (Ellman) efforts really upped the intensity and helped push us along.”

Junior Nolan Slesnick regained his form against Marist scoring significant points by taking first in the 500 free (4:47.57) and 1000 free (9:57.10). The trio of Mark Cereste, Josh Saccurato, Morgan Lloyd along with Cabasino opened the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay in a time of 1:39.39.

On the boards for the Bearcat men, freshman Devin Zdanowski had a historic day setting the BU freshman record in the meter dive. With a score of 298.95, Zdanowski won the meter dive and leaped to second place all-time on BU’s top-ten list. Zdanowski also finished second on the three-meter board.

For the women, a group of freshmen took the lead with junior stand-out Tiffany Siu sidelined. Caitlin Kelly was victorious yet again, touching first for the third time in four dual meets. Kelly won the 50 (24.67) and 100 free (53.75) earning dual victories back-to-back weeks.

Fellow freshmen Shannon Lampe and Corinne Zotter swam strong, while diver Imani Williams climbed onto BU’s all-time top-ten list on both boards. Lampe won the 100 back in a time of 1:00.13, while Zotter set a pair of lifetime bests in the 100 (1:06.31) and 200 breast (2:24.85), touching second in each event. Williams jumped to seventh all-time in program history in the meter and three-meter dive. Her scores of 231.52 and 233.92 placed her second and third, respectively against the Red Foxes.

The quartet of Olivia Baczek, Caitlin Nelson, Lampe and Kelly touched first in the 400 free relay in a time of 3:38.79. Baczek also touched second in the 100 back behind Lampe with a time of 1:01.11, giving BU a one-two finish.

Other notable performances were put in by junior Karissa Gorman, who finished second in the 1000 free (10:46.18) and third in the 200 breast (2:35.42). Showing more strength of the 2011-12 freshmen class, Karina Hain turned in a pair of third-place finishes in the 200 fly (2:14.91) and 200 IM (2:13.29).

The Bearcats are off until January when they will compete in the Bob Mowerson Invitational in Fort Lauderdale, Florida over winter break. Binghamton will then host the University at Buffalo on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 2 p.m. 

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