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Swimming & Diving Sweeps Host Canisius
Bearcats post 15 individual winners, set five pool records in the process
December 2, 2012Tweet
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BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Binghamton swimming and diving program competed in its second meet in as many days, sweeping host Canisius, Sunday afternoon at the Koessler Athletic Center pool. The men (1-4) earned its first dual meet win of the season 199-101, while the women improved to 2-3 with a 191-109 victory. It was the first time the two programs met in a dual meet since the 2009-10 season.
“It was a pretty exciting day for us,” head coach Sean Clark said. “I was thoroughly impressed with the way we prepared for the meet and pushed through the fatigue of competing twice in a weekend. We had a lot of fun setting several new pool records here at Canisius. It was great to see everyone contribute to this victory and I thought it really displayed the true depth of our program.”
Binghamton posted 15 individual winners on the day and three winning relay teams in its last competition until 2013. It was a banner day for the Bearcats, who swam at Bucknell Saturday, breaking five Koessler Athletic Center pool records.
The women propelled BU to a fast start, as the foursome of Melissa Lindahl, Corinne Zotter, Selina Ng and Caitlin Kelly cruised to first-place finish in the 200 medley relay with a pool record time of 1:49.53. After opening the competition with a win, the Bearcat women closed the meet in impressive fashion winning the 200 free relay. The quartet of Olivia Baczek, Timea Toszer, Shannon Lampe and Kelly touched first with a time of 1:40.52.
Zotter and junior Lauren Flower highlighted the women’s day as each swam to a pair of victories for Binghamton. Zotter, a Vestal native, swept the breaststroke events, taking the 100 breast in a time of 1:06.37 before claiming the 200 breast in a time of 2:27.77. Flower, who had a strong day at Bucknell in the distance swims, won the 200 free (1:58.48) and 200 IM in a collegiate best time of 2:12.40. She also placed second in the 200 breast behind Zotter, handing BU a 1-2 finish in the event.
Six other women were victorious on the day for the Bearcats as Karissa Gorman, Haley Rice, Caitlin Kelly, Timea Toszer, Shannon Lampe and Selina Ng all earned first-place finishes. Gorman won the 1000 free (10:54.88), while Kelly touched first in the 50 free for the second time in as many days in a pool record time of 24.29. Toszer and Ng each claimed their first collegiate victories, winning the 100 free (54.81) and 100 fly (59.66), respectively. Rice, who also touched second in the 100 fly, earned her second win of the season in the 200 fly with a time of 2:14.96. Lampe rounded out the Binghamton victors with a first-place finish in the 500 free (5:16.95).
On the boards for the women, sophomore Kim Robertson recorded a lifetime best on the one-meter board. The second-year diver placed second in the event with a score 217.34, while also finishing third in the three-meter dive with a score of 198.37.
Three freshmen boosted the Binghamton men to it first dual meet victory of the season as Brian McKenna, Tommy Cummings and Pat Kilgallen all touched the wall first in a pair of events. McKenna continued to display his dominance in the short sprints, claiming his fourth and fifth victories of the season after winning the 50 (21.45) and 100 free (48.44). Cummings set a new pool record in the 200 breast with a time of 2:09.93, breaking the previous record by more than a second, before winning the 200 IM (1:57.17). Kilgallen claimed a pair of wins in the distance freestyle events, touching first in the 500 (4:45.95) and 1000 free (9:49.15).
Binghamton had four other men record first-place finishes, highlighted by freshman Andrew Duszynski’s first collegiate victory. The first-year swimmer won the 200 free in a time of 1:45.33, joining five other BU freshmen this season to win an event during their first year of collegiate swimming. One of those freshmen is Eric Farm, who earned his second straight victory in the 100 back with a time of 52.75 after winning the event a day earlier at Bucknell. Josh Saccurato and Chris Doherty touched second and third, respectively, to give BU the 1-2-3 finish.
Senior Tim Cabasino had a strong day for the men, setting a new pool record in the 100 fly with a time of 51.68, while also claiming a second-place finish in the 50 free (21.87). Sophomore Alexi Corey touched first in the 200 back (1:53.88), with Doherty and Winston Chiang finishing second and third, sweeping the event for the Bearcats.
The foursome of McKenna, Cabasino, Farm and Leo Wright closed the meet setting a pool record in the 200 free relay with a first-place time of 1:26.55, claiming the record by .28 seconds.
Sophomore Devin Zdanowski swept the diving events for the second competition in a row after winning the one-meter and three-meter dives at Bucknell Saturday. The all-conference diver won the one-meter board with a score of 282.60 then claimed the three-meter dive with a total of 258.60 points.
The Bearcats will take a break from competition until Jan. 18 when they welcome Colgate to the Patricia A. Saunders Aquatic Center. BU will make its annual Winter Break training trip in after the calendar turns, as it used the past two meets to taper down in preparation for the second half of the season.