Release: April 27, 2007
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (email@example.com)
Men's swimming garners national mid-major ranking
VESTAL, N.Y. -- On the strength of its stellar end-of-the-year performance at the America East Conference meet, the Binghamton men's swimming team finished the 2006-07 season among the nation's top mid-major programs according to ratings released by CollegeSwimming.com.
The Bearcat men ranked 13th in the final Division I Mid-Major Dual Meet Swimming and Diving Rankings, marking the second straight top 15 finish for the program.
With first-year head coach Sean Clark at the helm, the mens swimming and diving team completed the 2006-07 season with a 6-3 dual meet record and runner-up honors at the America East Championship. During the four-day competition, the Bearcat men won 11 gold medals, broke nine school records and set eight meet records.
"We are really pleased with our final ranking. It takes a full team effort to put together a high score. Our guys performed tremendously well as a group this year, and they deserve this recognition. I'll always be proud to recall this team as my first as a head coach."
BU was anchored by a senior class highlighted by David Holmes (Doncaster, England) the first Bearcat male swimmer in school and conference history to qualify for the NCAA Swimming Championships. Holmes notched three top-30 finishes at the 2007 swim championships, placing as high as 22nd in the 200-yard freestyle.
"We're looking forward to bringing in more quality student-athletes and developing them into the next set of leaders. We are graduating some of the best student-athletes in the conference, and I'm looking for some upperclassmen to step forward."
The dual meet rankings use an objective point system to compare teams relative strength in a traditional thirteen event dual meet lineup. Lineups are submitted by participating teams. Institutions eligible for the Mid-Major designation do not come from one of the eight major NCAA
Division I-A football conferences or award fewer than seven womens or five mens scholarships. Mid-Major teams are also eligible for the CSCAA Division I Coaches Poll.
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