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Women’s Swimming & Diving Heads For America East Championships

Four-day conference meet hosted by Boston University begins Thursday at 5 p.m.

February 23, 2012


Women’s Swimming & Diving Heads For America East Championships

America East Championship Central

Contact: Terrence Lollie (sports@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y.—The Binghamton women’s swimming and diving team will travel to the Boston this week to compete in the four-day America East Championships, Feb. 23-26. The first session of the seven-team event will kick off on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 5 p.m. and continue on through Sunday, Feb. 26 at the Boston University Aquatics Center. UMBC won the women’s title in 2011.

At the 2011 America East Championships, Binghamton placed in the top five for the first time since 2004. BU has worked to close the gap on the conference, finishing behind Vermont by just 15 points last year. The outstanding effort by the women was recognized by the conference, awarding head coach Sean Clark and his staff a share of the Coaching Staff of the Year honors (New Hampshire).

“Our women are well aware that moving up in the conference standings will be a big battle,” head coach Sean Clark noted. “Vermont, Stony Brook, and a much improved Maine squad will all be looking to keep us from our goal.”

BU finished its dual meet season with a 3-6 record, but concluded with a home victory over America East rival Stony Brook on Senior Day. At last year’s conference meet held in Baltimore, UMBC won with a total 763 points, followed by Boston University (658), New Hampshire (610), Vermont (421) and then Binghamton (406) to round out the top five.

The Bearcats return six finalists (top-eight) from last year’s squad that scored its highest point total since 2003. Junior Olivia Baczek and seniors Jenna Easton and Morgan Neal all took home a pair of finalist honors. Junior Tiffany Siu won the 200 butterfly and claimed second in the 400 IM and third in the 500 free at the 2011 conference meet.

“We have some solid returning point scorers,” Clark stated. “But our underclassmen will have to really step up in the pool and on the boards. We’re looking forward to this opportunity to blast through the end of the season.”

Binghamton is also looking forward to winning significant points on the boards. Along with Easton and Neal, standout freshman Imani Williams, who set both BU freshmen diving records during the 2011-12 season, should bolster an already potent diving squad. Easton finished fourth in the meter dive and fifth on the three-meter board while Neal took eighth on both boards.

Point Scorers from 2010 AE Championships: Baczek, Easton, Lauren Flower, Karissa Gorman, Neal and Siu.

The following is a list of events (not in order) with Binghamton’s top times of the 2011-12 season among the America East, Binghamton’s swimmer personal best, top America East qualifier and America East record:

50 Free:
8. Caitlin Kelly: 24.32 (same)
AE top qualifier: Talor Tadena, UMBC - 23.93
AE Championship record: Mallory Morrell, New Hampshire - 23.07 (2010, in 200FR)

100 Free:
8. Caitlin Kelly: 52.69 (same)
AE top qualifier: Abbey McKenney, UMBC - 50.28 (two-time defending champion)
AE Championship record: Abbey McKenney, UMBC - 49.66 (2011)

200 Free:
15. Tiffany Siu - 1:55.40 (1:52.85)
AE top qualifier: Abbey McKenney, UMBC - 1:49.69
AE Championship record: Colleen Clark, Vermont - 1:47.51 (2009)

500 Free:
24. Lauren Flower: 5:14.76 (same)
AE top qualifier: Jennifer Kotonias, UMBC - 4:54.76
AE Championship record: Colleen Clark, Vermont - 4:49.04 (2009)

1650 Free:
None
AE top qualifier: Amy Fay, UMBC – 17:12.75
AE Championship record: Lindsay McCandless, New Hampshire 16:39.20 (2011)

100 Back:
15. Shannon Lampe: 59.70 (same)
AE top qualifier: Claudia Etherington, Vermont – 56.11
AE Championship record: Amy Perrault, New Hampshire – 54.34 (2011 in 400MR)

200 Back:
22. Olivia Baczek: 2:09.18 (2:03.65)
23. Melissa Lindahl: 2:09.57 (2:05.61)
AE top qualifier: Claudia Etherington, Vermont – 1:59.47
AE Championship record: Amy Perrault, New Hampshire - 1:57.98 (2011)

100 Breast:
5. Corinne Zotter: 1:06.25 (same)
AE top qualifier: Kristen Connors, Boston U. - 1:04.68
AE conference record: Allison Nahin, New Hampshire - 1:02.48 (2011)

200 Breast:
6. Corinne Zotter: 2:23.61 (same)
AE top qualifier: Kristen Connors, Boston U. - 2:19.63
AE Championship record: Shannon Daly, New Hampshire - 2:14.8 (2006)

100 Butterfly:
15. Tiffany Siu: 58.51 (57.31)
AE top qualifier: Laura Tilman, UMBC - 56.10
AE conference record: Emily Munday, Boston U. 53.83 (2010)

200 Butterfly:
11. Tiffany Siu: 2:07.48 (2:01.32) (defending champion)
AE top qualifier: Jennifer Kotonias, UMBC – 2:01.58
AE Championship record: Yun Qu, Bing. - 1:59.86 (2002)

200 IM:
25. Karina Hain: 2:12.99 (same)
AE top qualifier: Laura Tilman, UMBC - 2:05.71
AE Championship record: Amy Perrault, New Hampshire - 2:01.99 (2011)

400 IM:
17. Tricia Alejandro: 4:43.34 (4:37.99)
18. Karina Hain: 4:44.61 (same)
AE top qualifier: Katherine Mann, New Hampshire - 4:25.83
AE Championship record: Amanda Schmitz, Boston U. - 4:17.82 (2010)

One-Meter Dive:
7. Imani Williams: 243.75 (same)
AE top qualifier: Ellen Pelletier, New Hampshire – 290.47
AE Championship record: Tess Waresmith, Boston U. - 539.90 (2009)

Three-Meter Dive:
9. Jenna Easton: 246.60 (248.60)
10. Imani Williams: 245.03 (same)
AE top qualifier: Melinda Matyas, Boston U. – 270.97 (two-time defending champion)
AE Championship record: Melinda Matyas, Boston U. - 602.05 (2011)

2011-12 America East Preseason Poll

1. UMBC (5) -      35
2. Boston U. (2) -  32
3. New Hampshire - 26
T-4. Vermont -      18
T-4. Binghamton -  18
6. Stony Brook -    11
7. Maine -          7

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