For Immediate Release: February 17, 2006
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Day 2 of America East Swimming & Diving Championships Complete
Binghamton men's swimmers in second place after second day of competition; women stand in seventh place

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BOSTON, Mass.--The Binghamton University men's and women's swimming and diving teams competed in the second day of competition at the America East Championship on Friday at the Fitness & Recreation Center. The men's team racked up an additional 158 points for a total of 259 and trailed UMBC (297.5). Binghamton is in front of Stony Brook (218.5), Boston University (177 points), Maine (137) and New Hampshire (69).

On the women's side, the Bearcats tallied an additional 57.5 points for 107.5 and trailed UMBC (275), New Hampshire (259), Boston University (214), Maine (160), Stony Brook (136.5) and Vermont (110).

On the men's side, sophomore Kaan Tayla (Ankara, Turkey) broke his own school and conference records in the 50 free by touching in 20.00 for the win, 1.21 seconds faster than the next swimmer. This time also improved his NCAA 'B' provisional mark of 20.33 that he set earlier this season at the Bucknell Invitational. Freshman Brian Koralewski (Floral Park, N.Y.) placed 8th (21.86) in the event. Sophomore Michael Britvan (Pleasantville, N.Y.) finished in 13th place (4.50.06) in the 500 free.

In the 200 IM the Bearcats had seven swimmers place in the top-13 places, including the first three places. Junior David Holmes (Doncaster, England) won the race in 1:49.31 breaking the conference and school records set by former Bearcat Chris McGuire in the 2004 America East Championship. Finishing in second and third behind Holmes was freshman Brenno Varanda (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and junior Brian Koizim (White Plains, N.Y.) respectively. Varanda touched in 1:52.29 while Koizim touched in 1:53.09. Senior Wade Rimbach (Essex, England) finished in sixth (1:57.00) while freshman Andrew Palumbo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) touched in 1:59.19 for tenth place. Sophomore Dylan Hobe (New Windsor, N.Y.) and sophomore Jason Lapp (Linwood, N.Y.) rounded out the Bearcats in the 200 IM. Hobe touched in 1:59.34 for 12th place, while Lapp finished in 13th place with a time of 2:00.30.

In the 200 free relay the quartet of Tayla, Koralewski, Rimbach and Holmes won the race in 1:23.47 setting the conference and school record.

On the women's side, there were two swimmers who placed in the 50 free. Senior Eden Payabyab (College Point, N.Y.) placed tenth with a time of 24.69, while freshman Aleksandra Grubic (Split, Croatia) finished tied for 12th touching in 25.06. In the three-meter dive freshman Katherine Hassfurter (Horseheads, N.Y.) placed seventh (369.45).

In the 200 free relay the quartet of Grubic, freshman Jodi Brown (Hauppauge, N.Y.), freshman Marie Schiano (Staten Island, N.Y.) and Payabyab finished sixth (1:41.09).

The schedule for Saturday is slated with prelims at 10 a.m. then finals at 6 p.m.

15 400 Individual Medley - Women
16 400 Individual Medley - Men
17 100 Butterfly - Women
18 100 Butterfly - Men
19 200 Freestyle - Women
20 200 Freestyle - Men
21 100 Breaststroke - Women
22 100 Breaststroke - Men
23 100 Backstroke - Women
24 100 Backstroke - Men
25 Three-Meter Diving (Final) - Men
26 400 Medley Relay - Women
27 400 Medley Relay - Men


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