Immediate Release: October 1, 2004
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2004-05 Men's Swimming & Diving Preview
With three consecutive top-three finishes at the America East Conference Championships, including a first-place performance in 2003, the Binghamton men's swimming & diving team is in solid shape as it starts the 2004-05 campaign. Several top returnees in addition to some blue-chip newcomers put the Bearcats in a good position to stay near the top of the conference.
"We have a large freshman class which will help fill in the holes from last season," head coach Patrice Back said. "We should have very strong depth both in dual meets and at the America East Conference meet."
The most heralded of the freshmen is Kaan Tayla, who just competed in the Athens Olympics for his native Turkey. He swam in both the 50 and 100 meter races. Tayla is the first male Olympian to join the swimming & diving program. Tayla's top times in all of the sprint events would break the existing team records and would meet the "B" cuts for the NCAA Championships.
"Kaan's work ethic and personality make him a great addition to our men's team," head coach Patrice Back said. "His times in the sprint freestyle events should put him at the top of our conference and should qualify him for the NCAA Championship meet. Our Conference relays will be extremely competitive with Kaan as our anchor and this should give a mental boost to the men's team during the year."
Two other swimmers who should excel in the sprint events are sophomore David Holmes and freshman Joseph Rogan. Holmes competed in the Olympic Trials this past year for his native England and will also compete in the butterfly events for Binghamton.
"David has a low-yardage background but has great strokes," Back said. "We will be able to offer him more training than what he is used to which should translate into faster times."
Another top swimmer in the butterfly events is sophomore Trevor Stone, who seeking to follow up on an outstanding freshman season. He won the ECAC Championship in the 100 fly and placed second behind teammate Chris McGuire (who has since graduated) in that same event at the America East Championships. Stone also placed fourth in the 200 fly at the conference meet.
"Trevor had a great freshman year. He is working even harder this year," Back said. "He and David (Holmes) have big goals this season in the fly events."
In the breaststroke events, senior Robert Kaczynski, the defending America East Conference champion in both the 100 and 200 races, returns for his final season. Last season, he won the 200 breaststroke for the second consecutive year and set the conference record in the 100 breaststroke (56.62). In addition, Kaczynski also won the ECAC title in the 200 breast.
"We are fortunate to still have Robert here," Back said. "He has done a lot for our program. We'll move him around to swim a variety of events but he will be able to concentrate more on the breaststroke events than he has in the past because we have more depth this season."
A pair of freshmen, Dylan Hobe and Jason Lapp, will also be counted on in the breaststroke events.
Kaczynski will also join junior Wade Rimbach in the IM events. Last season, Kaczynski was third in the 200 IM at the conference meet and Rimbach was seventh. Rimbach was also fourth in the 400 IM. In addtion to the IM events, Rimbach is the top returning backstroker on the team, having placed sixth in the conference meet in the 200 back last year. He will be joined this season by freshman Michael Britvan.
Sophomore Brian Koizim, who placed in three events at the conference meet last season, is the top returning distance swimmer. He was eighth in the 500 free in addition to a sixth-place effort in the 100 back and a fourth-place performance in the 200 back.
"Brian comes back in great shape," Back said. "He has some strong training partners who are helping him improve across the board."
Senior Brian Roach, who was fourth in the one-meter diving competition at the conference meet last season, returns for his final season. He has placed at the conference meet the past three years.
This year's schedule includes seven home meets, climaxing in a key dual meet against conference rival Stony Brook on Feb. 6. The America East Conference Championships, which will be hosted by defending champion UMBC, take place Feb. 18-20.
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