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Swimming & Diving falls to visiting Buffalo
Men defeated 130-110, while women were dropped 155-85
January 14, 2012
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VESTAL, N.Y. - The Binghamton swimming and diving program fell to the University at Buffalo, Saturday afternoon in a dual meet at the Patricia A. Saunders Aquatic Center. The Bearcat men fell 130-110, while the women were dropped 155-85. It was the first dual meet for Binghamton since Nov. 19 at Marist.
“We were excited to be back in the pool after a fairly length layoff,” head coach Sean Clark said. “The past few weeks the team has been through some intense training with two-a-days, so this was a good test for us. Buffalo is a strong program and I thought even though were a little banged up on the women’s side we performed well in the relays. Our divers did a great job and we put up some really nice scores and overall I thought we had some really solid performances. “
Senior-captain Nolan Slesnick and junior Tim Cabasino led the way for the men, each swimming to victories against the Bulls. Slesnick earned BU’s first triumph of the day by winning the 200 free with a time of 1:46.27, defeating Buffalo’s All-MAC swimmer Phil Aronica by six-tenths of a second. In the very next event, junior Tim Cabasino followed Slesnick’s win with one of his own in the 50 free with a time of 21.88, just out-touching a Buffalo swimmer for the victory.
In a very competitive 200 breast, Slesnick was barely overcome by another Buffalo All-MAC swimmer, Joshua Meints, denying BU’s all-conference swimmer his second victory of the day. Cabasino took third in the event, claiming the two-three finish for the Bearcats.
Freshman diver Devin Zdanowski secured his second consecutive victory on the meter board with a score of 287.40. In BU’s last dual meet against Marist, Zdanowski won with a score of 298.95, just missing the qualifying score of 300.00 for the Zone Championships. He followed up his win on the meter board with a second-place finish on the three-meter board (316.95), again coming up just short of a Zone Championship qualifying score (320.00). Zdanowski’s total of 316.95 set a new Binghamton freshman record, breaking the old mark of 300.10 set by Nick Turner in 2009. Zdanowski now owns the freshman record on both boards.
On the women’s side, four different Bearcats claimed second-place finishes. Juniors Olivia Baczek and Melissa Lindahl touched second in the 100 free (54.35) and 200 back (2:10.22), respectively. Sophomore Lauren Flower took four points in the 1000 free (10:39.78), while freshman Caitlin Kelly did the same in the 50 free (24.50).
On the boards freshman Imani Williams, who sang the national anthem prior to the meet, turned in a pair of third-place finishes. She finished with scores of 238.50 on the meter board and 243.53 on the three-meter board. Williams’ score on the high-board set a new Binghamton freshman record, surpassing the old mark of 234.60 set in 2006 by Annie Malvasi.
Binghamton gets little time for rest as the Bearcats turn right around and head to Hamilton, N.Y. tomorrow to take on Colgate at 1 p.m. Last year, the men won 166-111, while the women lost 196-104 at home.
NOTE: In the results the diving scores are switched. The meter scores should be three-meter scores and vice-versa.