For Immediate Release: May 14, 2007
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (
Phone: 607-777-2956

Binghamton University Swimming Announces End of Season Awards

VESTAL, N.Y. -- The Binghamton University men's and women's swimming and diving programs handed out its annual end-of-season team awards last week.

Senior David Holmes (Doncaster, England) was voted Most Outstanding Swimmer. Holmes capped a brilliant career by becoming the first men’s swimmer both at Binghamton and in the America East Conference to qualify for the NCAA Championship. He finished among the nation’s top-30 in three events and during his career, won an incredible 18 America East titles and 15 ECAC crowns. Holmes is a two-time ECAC Swimmer of the Meet and was BU’s co-Male Athlete of the Year last year. In addition, he was an Academic All-American.

Fellow senior Brian Koizim (White Plains, N.Y.) received the Most Improved award. The senior recorded his first ever America East Championship victories in both the 200 I.M. and 200 backstroke, the latter in which he established a conference record. In addition to being named to the academic all-conference team, Koizim was also awarded the America East Coaches Award for highest career-point scoring at championship meet.

Freshman Allyce Brand (Highland Park, Ill.) was voted as the women's MVP. Brand was the highest-placing Bearcat at the America East Championships, where she finished sixth in the 100 breast - missing a school record by a tenth of a second. She was also the team's only individual point scorer at the ECAC meet.

Junior Nicole Sweeney (Commack, N.Y.) was tabbed as the most improved swimmer on the women's side. Sweeney improved nine spots moving from 16th to 7th place by dropping 40 seconds in the 1650 at the conference meet. She also knocked six seconds off her time in the 200 fly.

Sophomores Sean Lorenz (Norwich, N.Y.) and Kelly Harris (Farmingdale, N.Y.) were recognized with the Hard to Outdo Award, presented to team members whose education, determination, and team spirit is unparalleled.

On the boards, sophomore Ryan Graham (Vestal, N.Y.) was named the team's most valuable diver while freshman Kristin Maney (New Paltz, N.Y.) earned most improved honors. Graham followed up a strong freshman campaign by placing fourth on both the 1-meter and 3-meter competitions at this year's America East Championships. He also took fifth on both boards at the ECAC meet. Maney showed terrific improvement, upping her top score on both diving boards by more than 30 points by season's end.

The 2007 team captains were also announced. Leading the Bearcat men next fall will be the senior trio of Michael Britvan, Dylan Hobe, and Bryan Kwiatkowski. Seniors Bridget Dormer and Nicole Sweeney, along with junior Amanda Decker will lead an improved Bearcat women's squad.

Women's winners:

MVP: Allyce Brand ('10)
Most Improved:
Nicole Sweeney ('08)
Hard to Outdo Award:
Kelly Harris ('09)

Men's Winners:

MVP: David Holmes ('07)
Most Improved:
Brian Koizim ('07)
Hard to Outdo:
Sean Lorenz ('09)

Most Valuable Diver:
Ryan Graham ('09)
Most Improved Diver: Kristin Maney ('09)

2007-08 Team Captains:

Seniors Michael Britvan, Dylan Hobe, and Bryan Kwiatkowski
Women: Seniors Bridget Dormer and Nicole Sweeney and junior Amanda Decker

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