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Zdanowski Wins Gold On Diving Board of ECAC Championships
Bearcats in third place following day one in Annapolis
February 28, 2014Tweet
Annapolis, Md.—The Binghamton men’s swimming and diving team is in third place with 157 team points after day one of the 2014 ECAC Championships held on the campus of Navy. Junior diver Devin Zdanowski won gold on the 3M diving board, capturing one of the three medals BU earned on Friday evening.
Zdanowski finished prelims with a top score of 297.20 in the morning session and was able to save his best dives for last. The Rochester, N.Y. native scored a finals score of 317.55 to claim the event’s first gold medal. He will compete in one-meter competition on Sunday, looking for the clean sweep as he prepares for NCAA zones which begin on March 10 in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Binghamton’s other gold medal came on the last heat of the evening as the quartet of Eric Farm, Tommy Cummings, Ed Hausmann and Brian McKenna grabbed first in the 400 medley relay with a school-record time of 3:18.44. Farm started the Bearcats off on the right foot, setting a lifetime and Binghamton record time of 48.79 in his 100 back split. BU topped Bucknell (3:19.79) in comfortable fashion and earned 40 team points with the victory.
In the 50 free, Brian McKenna not only set a new lifetime best in his trial run (20.54), but also finished second in the finals of the heat. McKenna lost by just 0.24 seconds in the finals with a time of 20.65. In the consolation final, Eric Farm touched first with a career-best time of 20.86, good for the ninth fastest in school history.
The Bearcats had a pair of freshman make the finals of the 200 IM on Friday. Liam Cashin had an outstanding showing, breaking the freshman record and finishing in 6th place at 1:51.47. Fellow classmate Ruan Zorgman also made the finals and finished eighth with a time of 1:52.03. The pair are now in the top-10 in Binghamton’s record book for the 200 IM. Cashin now sits in sixth place and Zorgman in ninth.
Sophomore Tommy Cummings won the consolation final of the 200 IM, narrowly edging Bucknell’s Jack Robinson by 0.19 seconds. Emmett Jacobi also had a standout evening, placing runner-up in the consolation final of the 500 free. Jacobi set a new personal-best (4:32.13) and is the fourth fastest performer in Binghamton’s history.
Marist leads all teams with a score of 176, just ahead of hosts Navy who comes in with a first day score of 170. Binghamton is just 19 points shy of leaders Marist and figures to have a big weekend ahead.
“I thought we responded well in the evening session after a sluggish start,” head coach Sean Clark said. “Getting a few guys up on the podium was definitely a highlight and capping off the night with a gold-medal performance in the 400 medley was terrific. We are right in the thick of things with some really good competition here and we have strong expectations for tomorrow and Sunday.”
In women’s competition, junior Corinne Zotter set a pair of lifetime bests, including making her way into the consolation finals of the 200 IM. She clocked a time of 2:11.19, which is eighth all-time in BU history. Zotter will compete in her strongest event, the 100 breast, tomorrow morning from Annapolis. She set a school record at the America East Championships two weekends ago with a blistering time of 1:01.88, a time that earned her NCAA ‘B’ cut consideration.
Saturday’s action begins once again at 10 a.m. from Lejeune Hall on the campus of Navy. Follow all the live action and results here