Release: September 18, 2007
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Binghamton Swimming and Diving Making a Splash in the Classroom
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Between the complex schedules and ever-increasing pressures to succeed, the demands and requirements of student-athletes can be unique and rigorous. The members of the Binghamton University swimming and diving programs have not only been consistently meeting these demands, they have been blowing them out of the water.
With head coach Sean Clark in his first full year at the helm, the mens swimming and diving team completed the 2006-07 season with a 6-3 dual meet record and earned runner-up honors at the America East Championship after winning 11 gold medals and breaking nine school records. It sent its first male swimmer (David Holmes '07) to the NCAA Championships and finished the year ranked 13th in CollegeSwimming.com's Division I Mid-Major Dual Meet Rankings, marking the second straight top-15 finish for the program.
The Bearcats were ranked 39th out of 139 NCAA DI Men's teams by the College Swimming Coaches of America Association (CSCAA) after recording a 3.10 GPA this spring. In addition, the team placed a league-high six swimmers on the America East Swimming and Diving All-Academic team and eight members on the AE Commissioner's Honor Roll (GPA of at least 3.5).
Holmes and recent graduate Brian Koizim '07 both racked up impressive individual accolades as well. Holmes earned 2006-07 NCAA Academic All-American status after earning a perfect 4.0 GPA for both semesters, while Koizim earned the conference's swimming and diving scholar athlete award for a second straight season.
"To lead the league is a great testament to both the character of our men's swimmers and the caliber of student-athletes at Binghamton," said head coach Sean Clark. "We are fortunate to have an environment here where success is expected in all areas of life, not just simply in athletics."
The Binghamton women's swimming and diving team has been just as impressive in the classroom. The Bearcats finished 69th in the nation out of 190 DI teams with a 3.20 GPA for the spring semester according to the CSCAA. BU placed 11 performers on the America East Commissioner's Honor Roll, highlighted by senior Nicole Sweeney, who also earned an ECAC Merit Medal for posting one of the top GPA's of all Binghamton student-athletes.
"I am exceedingly proud of what we accomplished in the classroom during the spring," said Clark. "Our swimmers and divers represent some of the best student-athletes in the department and in the conference. I look forward to continued success this academic year and beyond."
The swimming and diving teams open up the 2007-08 season on October 13 at the Western New York Invitational in Buffalo.
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