Immediate Release: October 6, 2009
This upcoming season, the pool is brimming with youth, energy and an impatience for competition. The men's roster is half filled with freshman, as 12 of the 24 Bearcats are newcomers. The women's outlook is similar, as 20 of the 34 on the official roster are underclassmen. However, this is far from rebuilding years for the Bearcats,
"Freshmen want to see what they can do in their time at college. The motivation is there, and they are motivated because they know what has happened in the past; they saw our success," said head coach Sean Clark. "They saw eight team records being broken last year, they saw us being 20th and 23rd in the nation academically. They want their turn."
"The upperclassmen realize
they are not going to just be given their places. They have to
earn it everyday; the freshmen want to prove they belong. There
is a lot of competition in the pool, most of it's friendly. You
want to push yourself and feel good and represent. If you're
going to beat me, you better beat our opponents."
"Slesnick looks just as strong as a sophomore. He is picking up right where he left off last year, when he was conference champion in two events. He's got a mark he's got to swim ahead of."
Heading the senior class, Dzieniszewski returns for a final year ready to lead by example. He has a long history of success at the America East Championships, where last year he placed fourth in the 50 free and the 100 fly. Likewise Chen, last year's team h20 award winner, is ready to build upon his success in the pool.
"We have such a strong core of returnees," praised Clark. "Jason really broke out last year. He was our h20 award winner, anytime we called his name he was ready to go in any event. Joe Perez-Rogers is our freshman record holder in the 100 back, he knows he has to keep up the work."
"We're excited about Gleason who really started to blossom last year," said Clark. "We'll see some great things from him. Saccurato in addition to Chen is the most versatile on the team. IM, backstroke, butterfly and he can do breaststroke in a pinch. He's just on the upswing along with former club level teammate Ellman, who is our top breaststroker after we lost our two school record holders all at once. We're putting it on the freshman right away. We expect Elman to be a three event finalist."
"Cabasino was one of the top sprinters in New York state. He'll definitely respond to our training. In the middle distance lane Cabasino and Devon will be competing for points."
"Budner does IM, does Fly, does mid to long distance and has got great potential ahead of him," said Clark. "On the breaststroke side of things, Terracciano is expected to contribute right away. We have such a solid core right behind them, we're always looking for the breakout performers."
On the boards, the Bearcats will be looking to fill the hole left by Ryan Graham, the most decorated diver in Binghamton history. Sophomore Nick Turner will be leading the charge along with senior Bob Nolte and two new divers, freshmen Athony Folies and Justin Mattison.
"Folies and Mattison both have the potential to be two event finalists at the conference level. Adding them to Turner who was top five in the conference as a freshman. here to finish out his career, where he has been a multiple finalist in the past, he's looking to get back there on both boards.
"Our ultimate goal in a swim season is to swim fast in February. Yes it's fun to get some competitive dual meets, yet it's fun to challenge our selves in practice but we define our success by the conference meet. For the men, we have to hold our position. Yes, we were third, but it was one of the best team efforts we had 72 lifetime best times, all 18 guys were involved. Broke eight school records, that's a powerful performance. We would only be truly satisfied if we had similar results this year. It's fun to see my guys on the podium."
"I'm not happy with where we are. It's not a comfortable position. It's not where we want to be... One of the things that we're really looking to do is to break a few team relay records. In order to do that, you have to have more than one person at a really high level," said head coach Sean Clark. "I think it's going to be exciting to have more close contests. There is a level of excitement that I haven't seen at least in my five years here."
Returning for her junior season, Amanda Ciccone was Binghamton's top performer at the conference meet and team MVP. She was a finalist in three events placing fifth in the 100 fly, sixth in the 50 free and seventh in the 100 free.
"She had an amazing first year here and she's in even better shape this year. We're looking forward to using her speed and versatility in the sprints, butterfly and the IM."
"Brand is our school record holder in the 100 breast, and she's ready for a great senior campaign. Her breaststroke and her sprinting is going to be extremely valuable. Broadfurher is continuing to hack time off of her events."
"Our returners are back and looking for the next level. Detlef is still a solid point scorer for us. Alejandro, Mazzoni and Racozy as sophomores are looking for some continued success."
Tin Wai Siu heads a very talented freshman class who are
hungry to make a mark. Last year the Bearcat's roster included
21 underclassmen, and this year looks similar with 20. However,
the talent is
"Gallo has the school record in the 200 breast, not to mention Brand and Parmiter who should be able to score some points in the 100 breast. Deignan, she'll be chasing after Gallo all year long."
"Add them to a strong Worthington," said Clark, "and we've got a solid core. We're looking for someone to break out of that pack."
"Blom is just on the upswing of her career. Crimmins has been working hard, and Nelson will make an immediate impact in the sprint events. She should be a contributor on the relays that we're looking to break some records."
On the boards, the women will also be looking to replace a hole. Kate Hassfurter was the only medalist for the women at last years conference meet, but there is strong contingent right behind. At the 2009 conference championships, five of the eight Bearcat finalists were divers. Of those returning, junior Elizabeth Esposito and sophomore Morgan Neal will be leading the way with sophomores Sarah Kupferberg and Carly Clark right behind. Last season, Esposito was a finalist in the one-meter dive at the conference championships.
Although there are large numbers of underclassmen on both squads, Clark is counting on the motivation and thirst to nullify any inexperience.
"They don't really know what to expect, they don't have any preconceived notions about which teams are tough and what's supposed to happen. I like the new blood and the new attitude especially on the women's side. We're going to have a lot more competitive meets."
The Bearcats travel to the WNY Invitational at Buffalo this Saturday, October 3rd.
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