For Immediate Release: September 29, 2009
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America East releases preseason coaches' swimming and diving poll
Bearcat men picked third, while the women were picked to place sixth

America East Men's Release
America East Women's Release

VESTAL, N.Y. -- The America East conference released the swimming and diving preseason coaches' poll this afternoon. The Bearcat men were picked to finish third and the women were projected to place sixth.

The Boston U. men were narrowly picked ahead of six-time reigning champion UMBC,securing three first-place votes and 15 points while UMBC received two first-place votes and 14 points.

Following the Bearcats, who garnered 10 points, Stony Brook University (7) and University of Maine (4) rounded out the men's conference.

Similarly close, the Boston U. women received four first-place votes and amassed 34 points while UMBC glided in just behind with 33 points for second place.

University of Vermont (24 points) came in third in the poll followed by University of New Hampshire (23), Stony Brook (15), with the Bearcats (11) and University of Maine (7) completing the women's side.

Last year at the conference meet, the Binghamton women placed sixth for the second year in a row, while the men followed suit placing third for the second consecutive year as well.

"Our ultimate goal in a swim season is to swim fast in February. Yes it's fun to get some competitive dual meets, yes it's fun to challenge ourselves in pracitice, but we define our success by the conference meet," head coach Sean Clark said regarding the upcoming season. "For the men, we have to hold our position. Yes, we were third, but it was one of the best team efforts I've seen. We had 72 lifetime best times, all 18 guys were involved. We broke eight school records, that's a powerful performance. We would only be truly satisfied if we had similar results this year."

"I'm not happy with where we are, it's not a comfortable position," Clark commented about the women's side. "It's going to be exciting to have more close contests. There is a level of excitement that I haven't seen in my five years here."

The Bearcats open up their season this Friday, October 3 with the annual Green and White scrimmage at 11 a.m.

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