Immediate Release: October 13, 2006
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (email@example.com)
and diving teams set to embark on new era
hit the pool for first time this weekend at WNY Invitational
N.Y. - Tremendous optimism surrounds the Binghamton men's swimming
and diving teams as they prepare to hit the pools for the first
time this weekend at the inaugural Western New York Invitational.
It will be a year of changes for the swimming and diving teams
this season, starting at the top where Sean Clark, the team's
top assistant since 2004, enters his first season as the Bearcats'
top poolside mentor. Joining Clark and diving coach Anna Tutunnkova
on this year's staff is new assistant Aimee Bourassa.
With a new-look to its staff and plenty of new faces on board,
both squads expect to make big splashes in 2006-07.
With only two letterwinners gone from last year's squad that
finished 9-2 as the conference runnerups for the third consecutive
season, the men's side is brimming with excitement.
"There is a lot of energy and enthusiasm resonating throughout
the program," said head coach Sean Clark. "With a strong
returning contingent and a number of solid newcomers, we plan
to make sure people start taking notice of what Binghamton swimming
and diving is all about."
Behind the strong leadership of co-captains Brian Koizim
and Trevor Stone, as well as fellow classmates David
Holmes and Pat Hart, the Bearcats are anchored by
a senior class that has competed at a high level throughout their
tenure at BU.
"This is a special senior class," said Clark. "They
are not just our best swimmers, they are also the true motivators
of our team."
Holmes, the team's top returnee and reigning BU Athlete of the
Year, produced an exceptional junior season in 2005-06. In 33
races throughout the year, he set six school records, seven America
East records, seven conference wins and in his final meet of
the season, was named ECAC Swimmer of the Meet. Heading into
his final season, the sky is the limit for the fleet englishman.
expect to see a lot of big things from David this year,"
said Clark. "I have never seen him this fit or swim this
fast at such an early juncture in the season. The sky is the
As a junior, Koizim captured All-Conference honors in three individual
events, placing second in both the 100 and 200-yard backstroke
and third in the individual medley at the conference championships.
This year he will once again be relied upon heavily to score
as the team's top returning distance swimmer.
Stone, a three-time captain and another of the team's top swimmers
in the butterfly events, will look to continue his stellar BU
career. As a sophomore, he won the ECAC Championship in the 100
fly and placed second in that same event at the conference meet
as well as fourth in the 200 fly.
Several top returnees in addition to some blue-chip newcomers
put the Bearcats in a good position to stay near the top of the
This is the deepest team we've had since I have been here.
There is not a person on this squad that doesn't have the potential
to score at conference."
Sophomore Ryan Graham is the squad's top diver returning
from last season. A Vestal native, he enjoyed a stellar freshman
campaign in which he placed third in the three-meter and fourth
in the one-meter diving events. The addition of freshman Robert
Nolte also figures to bolster the diving corps in both dual
meets as well as at the championships.
Sophomore Brenno Varanda will again be one of the top
breaststroke and individual medley swimmers in the America East.
As a freshman, he captured conference titles in both the 200
breast and the 400 IM while placing second in the 200 IM.
Joseph Rogan should again excel in sprint events while
the breaststroke duo of Dylan Hobe and Jason Lapp
also should play prominent roles.
Coming off strong preseason performances, freshmen Philip
Dzieniszewski and Brian Jacobs are also expected to
make immediate contributions to the Bearcats' lineup.
"I expect both Philip and Brian to make great contributions
to our lineup. Phil has the potential to be excellent for us
in the sprint events while Brian has shown to be a very solid
Looking ahead to the America East Meet, Clark feels that although
the reigning champion UMBC will again be the favorites to repeat,
the Bearcats should not be far behind.
"I expect UMBC to again be the top dog at conference. While
we might not have the guns yet to overtake them, you can bet
we will be right there nibbling at their toes."
the strength of one of the program's largest incoming freshmen
classes, the Binghamton women's swimming & diving team heads
into the 2006-07 season determined to climb the ranks of the
America East Conference.
"I believe we will see the women take a big step forward
this season," head coach Sean Clark said. "We have
a bigger team and should place a lot more swimmers at the conference
championship this year."
The squads top returnee is Croatian sophomore Aleksandra Grubic.
As a freshman, Grubic's top time in the 100 free ranked fourth
in the conference while her best marks in 50 and 200 were both
within the top ten. Prior to Binghamton, she was the Junior Croatian
Champion and had held several Croatian Junior National records
as a relay member.
"Aleksandra is coming off a great freshman year in which
she improved significantly," said Clark. "She has had
a strong preseason and we expect her to continue to excel."
Sophomore co-captain Bridget Dormer will pace the Bearcats
in both the IM and backstroke events. As a freshman, Dormer was
a consistent point scorer in the 200 fly.
"Bridget got off to a terrific start last season,"
said Clark. "She looks to be a high point scorer in all
of our meets, making an impact in the conference as well as the
Senior and fellow co-captain Monica Friedl's experience
and leadership also figures to be an essential part of this year's
"Monica is someone the girls look to both inside and outside
the pool," said Clark. "She is a fierce competitor
and we expect she will have another strong season."
the distance events, junior Nicole Sweeney will play an
essential role as the team's top swimmer.
Sophomore Katherine Hassfurter returns after a stellar
freshman campaign. Hassfurter placed seventh in the three-meter
dive at both the America East and ECAC meets.
Contrary to their counterparts on the men's side, this year's
women's squad figures to be driven by a young core of underclassmen,
including 15 newcomers.
Highlighting the new faces is the freshman trio of freestylers
Allyce Brand and Lindsay Wright and diver Anne
"Allyce, Anne, and Lindsay are three girls that have a tremendous
amount of potential," Clark said. "They'll have the
opportunity to come in and compete for top spots right away and
will only get better as the season goes on as they gain more
experience and confidence."
Last year the Bearcats finished 1-10 overall , seventh in the
America East Championship and sent four competitors to the ECAC
Championship in Pittsburgh.