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Swimming & Diving Splits With Host Marist In Final Dual of Season
Four Bearcats earn multiple victories; Zdanowski qualifies for NCAA Zones
February 2, 2013Tweet
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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – The Binghamton swimming and diving team competed in its final dual meet of the season, Saturday afternoon at Marist’s McCann Natatorium. For the second straight season, the Bearcats took the short trip downstate to Poughkeepsie to taken on the Red Foxes. The men earned their third dual win of the season 170-130, but the women came up short against the defending Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champions 172-126.
“We had a very strong performance at our last dual meet and that was good to see,” head coach Sean Clark. “There were several outstanding swims and we are improving at the right time. The performer of the day however was Devin (Zdanowski ), who did a phenomenal job on the boards. We are extremely proud to see him extend his season at the NCAA Zones. Now we’re focusing on the conference meet and using the next two weeks to prepare for the trip to Maine.”
Binghamton posted a combined eight individual winners on the day adding two more victories in the relays. Four Bearcats swam to a pair of first-place finishes led by senior Tim Cabasino’s three. Freshmen Brian McKenna along with sophomores Caitlin Kelly and Corinne Zotter each touched the wall first twice.
The highlight of the day however was sophomore Devin Zdanowski’s performance on the three-meter board taking first with an NCAA Zone qualifying score of 341.15. Zdanowski is the first Binghamton diver to qualify for the Zone competition since Nick Turner in 2009 and third overall. Prior to his career-best performance on the three-meter board, Zdanowski produced a season-high score of 298.50 on the one-meter board, missing qualifying for Zone’s by 1.5 points, to finish third in the event.
Cabasino, owner of the second fastest 100 free time (46.19) in the America East this season, won the event in a time of 47.87. McKenna handed Binghamton the one-two finish, touching second with a time of 48.23. Cabasino also led a one-two-three finish for the Bearcats in the 100 fly, claiming first with a time of 52.06. Sophomore Ed Hausman (52.84) and senior tri-captain Aaron Budner (53.50) touched second and third, respectively. In his final dual meet, Cabasino swam to a season-best time of 59.57 (3rd fastest in AE) in the 100 breast to round out his three-victory day. The senior tri-captain also swam to three victories in Binghamton’s 2012-13 season opener against Boston University on Oct. 27.
McKenna led a quartet of freshmen who each generated first-place finishes for Binghamton. McKenna claimed victories in the 50 free (21.64) and 100 back (52.78) to elevate his season win total to eight. Pat Kilgallen and Andrew Duszynski touched the wall first with victories in the 1000 free (9:53.26) and 500 free (4:48.46), respectively. BU swept the 500 free as Kilgallen claimed second while sophomore Emmett Jacobi placed third. Tommy Cummings won an event for the sixth consecutive meet, taking first in the 200 breast with a time of 2:12.27.
Headlining the women’s day were Zotter and Kelly, each producing a pair of wins in Binghamton’s final meet before the America East Championships. Zotter swept the breaststroke events touching first in the 100 breast (1:07.33) before coasting to a first-place finish in the 200 breast (2:28.01). Zotter, who swept the breaststroke events for the fifth time in her short career, is the defending champion in the 100 breast and possesses the second fastest times in the conference in the 100 and 200 breast this season.
Kelly won the 50 free (24.81) and 100 free (54.53) to earn her sixth and seventh victories of the season. The sophomore from Warwick Valley, N.Y. holds the conference’s best time in the 50 free (23.81) and ranks fifth in the 100 free (52.48).
On the boards for the women, sophomore Imani Williams turned in a pair of second-place finishes. Williams tallied a career-best score of 261.60 on the three-meter board before registering a season-high total of 241.12 in the one-meter dive.
In the relays, the foursome of Cabasino, McKenna, Eric Farm, and Josh Saccurato opened the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay (1:36.03), while the quartet Zotter, Kelly, Olivia Baczek and Caitlin Nelson closed the meet with a victory in the 400 free relay (3:39.16).
Binghamton is off next week in preparation of the America East Championship held February 14-17 hosted by Maine. The Bearcats return five all-conference performers for the 2013 conference meet. The Binghamton men won BU’s first America East title in any sport at Maine in 2003.