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Women’s Swimming & Diving Gears For America East Championship
NOTE: Due to inclement weather Thursday's events have been postponed; championship will begin Friday
February 12, 2014Tweet
Vestal, N.Y.—The Binghamton women’s swimming and diving team will head to Worcester, Massachusetts on Wednesday in preparation for the 2014 America East Championships held at the WPI Sports and Recreation Center. The five-team field will begin action on Thursday evening at 5 p.m. and carry on through the weekend, culminating on Sunday night.
Binghamton (4-2) has had an outstanding finish to their dual season, collecting three straight wins. Most recently, the Bearcats upended Marist on Feb. 1 by a score of 179-121 at home. Junior Caitlin Kelly starred for the home squad, breaking a pair of pool records in the 50 and 100 free. In addition, Kelly was also a part of two relay winning teams that helped BU grasp their fourth dual meet victory of the season. She was later named America East Swimmer of the Week, joining Kimberly Robertson as the only other Binghamton swimmer or diver to achieve a conference weekly award this season.
Other dual winners against Marist included Corinne Zotter (100 & 200 breast), Shannon Lampe (500 free & 100 back) and Selina Ng (100 & 200 fly). Seniors Lauren Flower and Racquel Giner had a successful senior day, Lauren took second in the 1000 free and Racquel touched first in the 200 IM. With a variety of options and solid depth, eighth-year head coach Sean Clark feels the girls are ready to make some noise this weekend.
“After a remarkably successful dual meet season, we should be taking a great deal of confidence into our championship weekend,” head coach Sean Clark said. “I know our women are ready to race in new suits and in a fast pool. There will be tremendous competition from every America East school, and we’re excited to throw ourselves into the mix. I expect plenty of best times and strong finishes from our entire squad.”
In comparison with their America East counterparts, Binghamton stacks right up with the rest of the conference. In the sprints, Caitlin Kelly’s fastest 50 free time of 23.47 is tops among all swimmers in the AE. She also has the fourth fastest 100 free time (52.20). In the breast events, Zotter will be one of the favorites. She has the fastest 100 breast time of anyone this season (1:03.91) and the third fastest time in the 200 (2:18.37).
Lampe and Flower have the distance events covered, recording the 7th and 8th fastest times in the 500 free, respectively. Flower also ranks fourth in the 1000 free (10:34.01) and had the quickest time in the 1650 earlier this season. Her time of 17:09.68 is a school record in the 1650 free.
Kimberly Robertson will be the Bearcats top diver heading into the four-day event. She has the eighth best score in the 1M (227.33) and tallied the ninth highest score in the 3M (222.07) among all AE competitors. Joining her will be freshman Bettina Hughes who has come on strong at the end of the dual meet season.
New Hampshire is the defending America East champions after they held off UMBC in last year’s event. The Wildcats used a strong performance on the final day a year ago, boosting a 1.5 point lead to a 39.5 win over the Retrievers. UMBC has finished runner-up the last three championships, but has three wins to their name over a seven-year span.
Action on Thursday from WPI will begin at 5 p.m.with the prelims of 1M diving. The finals will take place afterwards, as well as a pair of relay events (800 free and 200 medley).