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Zotter Wins Silver; Paces Bearcats to a Fourth Place Standing
Junior breaks conference record in 100 breast in day two of AE Championship
February 15, 2014Tweet
Worcester, Mass.—Junior Corinne Zotter swam to a silver medalist performance in the 100 breast on Saturday evening of the America East Championships, breaking four records in total. With a time of 1:01.88, Zotter has qualified for the NCAA “B” Cut. As a team, Binghamton stayed steady in fourth-place at the conclusion of day two, staying six points clear of fifth-place Maine.
“We had some real eye-opening and record breaking performances tonight,” Sean Clark said afterwards. “Without any question, Corinne’s performance deserves praise. In my time here, this is the first NCAA “B” cut performer we’ve had and we couldn’t be more thrilled with what she did out there tonight.”
Not only did Zotter break the school record in the finals, she also shattered the meet, pool and conference record. Herself and Emily Escobedo of UMBC, who took gold in the heat, will now be in a pool of consideration to compete in the NCAA meet held in Austin, Texas on March 27-29. If she qualifies, Zotter will become the third swimmer in BU’s Division I history to swim in NCAA meet competition, joining Huijue Cai (2003) and Yun Qu (2002, 2003).
The 200 medley relay team of Claudia Coccaro, Zotter, Elle Anastasiou and Caitlin Kelly also took down a school record and won silver in the process. Their time of 1:43.53 earned their highest place in relay in head coach Sean Clark’s eight-year tenure.
“The 200 medley performance was a heck of an achievement,” Clark said. “Corinne swam the fastest split in school history and Caitlin followed that up with a blistering time of 22.21 as anchor. It really was a beautiful thing to watch.”
In total, BU had five finalists on Saturday, including a seventh-place finish from Lauren Flower in the 400 IM. Flower, a senior from Yonkers, N.Y., turned in a time of 4:34.95 in the prelims and followed that up with 4:35.66 on Saturday evening. Caitlin Kelly was a finalist in the 100 breast, finishing in eighth place. Her prelim time of 1:04.83 is the second fastest time in school history.
On the diving board, the duo of freshman Bettina Hughes and Kim Robertson had a nice showing in the finals. Hughes registered a lifetime-best score of 209.55 on the one meter. Robertson’s six dives came in with a score of 189.70.
Capping off the evening, Binghamton finished two-three in the consolation final of the 100 back. Junior Shannon Lampe beat out teammate Claudia Coccaro by a minuscule .01 seconds to claim second in a time of 58.68.
UNH continues to hold a strong lead over the pack, coming in with a team score of 576. Vermont is 85 points behind at 491 and in third is UMBC with 458. The Bearcats have a team score of 327 and Maine brings up the rear with a tally of 321.
1. New Hampshire, 576
2. Vermont, 491
3. UMBC, 458
4. Binghamton, 327
5. Maine, 321