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Women’s Swimming and Diving Knocks Off St. Bonaventure 180-120
Men narrowly edged on Saturday by Bonnies 154-140
January 18, 2014Tweet
Vestal, N.Y.—- The Binghamton women’s swimming and diving team headlined Saturday’s dual meet against St. Bonaventure, defeating the Bonnies 180-120 at Patricia A. Saunders Aquatic Center. In men’s action, BU fell just shy of knocking off defending A-10 champions SBU, losing by a final tally of 154-140.
The women completed a perfect 2-0 dual meet record this weekend with their convincing win over the Bonnies. They piled up 11 first place finishes, sweeping both relays and diving board competitions in the process.
“Today really just proved how tough our team is physically and mentally,” head coach Sean Clark said afterwards. “Coming off an exciting win yesterday, I felt our women really brought it once again. I couldn’t be more impressed with how we performed and felt that we had great balance on the afternoon.”
Junior Corinne Zotter ended a terrific weekend in fitting fashion, once again winning the 100 and 200 breast for the second straight day. Zotter finished well above the pack in a time of 1:06.17 in the 100, but it was an exciting finish for second place in that heat which proved valuable early on for the Bearcats. Fellow junior Emelia Carlino snagged the second place spot, besting St. Bonaventure’s Mckenzie Courtney by just 0.11 seconds.
Caitlin Kelly took both the 50 and 100 free heats in convincing fashion on Saturday. She clocked a time of 24.00 in the 50 and followed that up with an impressive 53.13 in the 200.
Fresh off her standout performance at Colgate, senior Racquel Giner touched first in the 200 back. Giner also was a part of the 200 medley relay team that took gold. In addition, she also took second in the 200 IM.
Selina Ng, who won the 200 fly at Colgate just yesterday, showed her strength in the event by winning the 100 fly on Saturday. With a time of 58.96, she narrowly missed out on her own personal lifetime best of 58.53 (seventh fastest in school history). Junior Shannon Lampe rounded out the winners for BU, grabbing the 100 back crown.
In 1M and 3M diving competition, the duo of Kimberly Robertson and Bettina Hughes owned the boards for BU. Robertson won both events and Hughes followed just behind in second place, combining for 26 team points for Binghamton.
With the win, the BU women go above .500 in dual meets this season and bring their record to 3-2 overall.
The men went down to the wire with the Bonnies, at one point locking up with the defending A-10 champions at 102 team points apiece nearly three quarters through the event. Down nine points with just the 400 free relay remaining, St. Bonaventure was able to hang on with a first-place finish over the Bearcats.
“We really gave them all they could handle and to their credit they (St. Bonaventure) went out and earned the win,” Clark explained. “We were right there in the end, all tied up with three events to go… we just couldn’t break through. We mixed and matched the lineup around a little because of having back-to-back dual meets and I thought our guys responded really well, especially Eric (Farm) and Tommy (Cummings) who swam at a high level.”
Sophomore Eric Farm had an outstanding afternoon for Binghamton, grabbing a pair of victories in the 100 and 200 back. Farm also was a winner in the 200 medley relay, joining Tommy Cummings, Ed Hausmann and Brian McKenna who won in thrilling fashion, besting second place SBU by just 0.20 seconds.
Tommy Cummings swept the 100 and 200 breast on Saturday, clocking times of 58.07 and 2:09.33, respectively. In distance events, sophomore Andrew Duszynski nabbed a pair of second place finishes in the 200 and 500 free. Emmett Jacobi and Pat Kilgallen fared well in the 1000, finishing 2-3 in their heat.
Others finishing second on Saturday for the men included Brian McKenna (50 free), Alexi Corey (200 back), Ed Hausmann (100 fly) and Cummings in the 200 IM.
Continuing his excellence on the diving board was junior Devin Zdanowski who again won the 1 and 3M board competitions. He beat out a pair of divers from SBU in the 3M with a score of 290.33 and collected his eighth win of the season in the 1M (287.03).
With the loss, BU moves to 1-4 in dual meet competition and has one remaining against Marist on Feb. 1 at home. Both the men and women will square off with the Red Foxes at 1 p.m. in two weeks as the swimming and diving programs honor and celebrate their six seniors.