For Immediate Release: October 13, 2005
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2005-06 Men's Swimming & Diving Preview

Placing in second for the second consecutive year at the America East Conference Championship, the Binghamton men's swimming & diving team will continue to shine in the 2005-06 campaign. Most of last season's top swimmers return along with some promising new swimmers and divers.

"The men's team looks to be very strong again this year," head coach Patrice Back said. "They did not lose very much in terms of seniors. The returnees already look stronger this year at this point in the year than in the fall of last year. We also brought in a great group of freshmen which will give us depth to score points not only in dual meets but also in the conference meet."

The top returnee on the team is sophomore Kaan Tayla, who competed in the Athens Olympics for his native Turkey before the start of last season. Tayla's times in the 50 and 100 yard freestyle at ECACs last season made the NCAA "B" provisional mark. He set three individual school records and two individual ECAC records. Tayla was part of all five school relay records broken last season, as well as three conference relay records. He won the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle events at the America East Championship as a freshman.

"Kaan is returning stronger than he was last year," head coach Patrice Back said. "He has taken the time to work on a few of the finer points of sprinting. We expect him to be more powerful off the blocks and more streamlined in the water. Already we are seeing that translate to faster times in practice. He is focused on making the NCAAs."

Another swimmer who will continue to excel in the sprint events is junior David Holmes. He made an impact for Binghamton in his first year on the team, setting a school record in the 100 butterfly. Holmes will look to improve on successful sophomore year with faster sprint times and pushing his teammates to faster sprint times.

"David went through a real change of training last year," Back said. "Now he has adjusted in a good way knowing what it will take to hit some of his goal times this year. He is looking at NCAA's, team records and conference wins. He has some great training partners to push him to accomplish that. I think with some planning he is going to make a huge impact in the conference by the end of the year."

Another top swimmer in the butterfly events is junior Trevor Stone. He finished in second place in the 100 fly and third in the 200 fly at the America East Championships. He also placed in fifth in the 100 fly at the ECAC Championships this past season.

"Trevor is one of our captains and he is a very good leader for the team," Back said. "He a motivator for the team and a hard worker in the water. He is going to make an impact in the butterfly and IM events."

In the breaststroke and IM events, freshman Brenno Varanda looks to fill in the void left by Robert Kaczynski who graduated. Varanda will be one of the top breaststroke and IM swimmers in the conference.

"Brenno is going to be a great addition to this team," Back said. "He has an outstanding work ethic. He is talented in the breaststroke and the IM. He will be utilized in the freestyle as well."

Senior Wade Rimbach is a captain who swims the backstroke, IM events and relays. He took third place in the 200 IM at the America East Championships. He was part of a pair of relays that finished in first at the championship.

"Wade is determined to make this last year count," Back said. "Once he gets his base and work on his speed work we will get him down to his conference times during the season. He will be an important part of our relays at the end of the year and will be strong in the backstroke and IM events."

Junior Brian Koizim, who placed in two events at the conference meet last season, is the top returning distance swimmer. He was second in the 100 backstroke in addition to a third-place finish in the 200 backstroke. He currently holds the school record in the 200 backstroke.

"Brian is one of our captains and is one of the hardest workers on the team," Back said. "He truly trains year round. He had a great summer having some personal best times. He currently has one backstroke record and plans on making that two."

Freshman Ryan Graham, a local diver from Vestal will make an impact in dual meets as well as the Championships.

This year's schedule includes four home meets. The meet which will be a preview of the America East Championships will be the Bucknell Invitational where the Bearcats swim all of the conference championship events. The America East Conference Championships, which will be hosted by Boston University, take place Feb. 16-19.

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