For Immediate Release: February 19, 2006
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The Final Day of America East Swimming & Diving Championships is Complete
Binghamton men's swimmers finish in second place; women in seventh place
Bearcats set 23 school and conference records in the four-day meet

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Complete Results

BOSTON, Mass.--The Binghamton University men's and women's swimming and diving teams competed in the third day of competition at the America East Championship on Saturday at the Fitness & Recreation Center. Sophomore Kaan Tayla (Ankara, Turkey) was awarded the America East Men's Most Outstanding Swimmer for the second consecutive year. Individually Tayla set three school and three conference records. Besides for his three individual wins, he placed first on four relay teams, all of which set new school and conference records. In his three individual races he set or improved his NCAA 'B' provisional marks.

The Binghamton coaching staff (head coach Patrice Back, assistant coach Sean Clark and diving coach Anna Tutunnikova) were recognized for their amazing accomplishments this season by sharing the America East Coaching Staff accolade with the Stony Brook coaching staff on the men's side.

The men's team racked up 192 points on the final day for a final total of 677.5 points, only one-half a point ahead of Stony Brook (677). The Bearcats trailed only two-time defending champion UMBC (878.5). Binghamton finished in front of Stony Brook (677), Boston University (487), Maine (320) and New Hampshire (188 points).

On the women's side, the Bearcats finished the championship with 210.5 points and trailed defending champion New Hampshire (787), UMBC (733), Boston University (550), Maine (433), Stony Brook (367.5) and Vermont (314 points).

On the men's side, Tayla broke the school and conference records in the 100 free prelim by touching in 43.68. He later captured the finals in 44.14, almost two seconds faster than the next swimmer. Tayla's prelim time also improved his NCAA 'B' provisional mark of 44.00 which was 14th best in the nation, he set that time earlier this season at the Bucknell Invitational. Currently his time today in the prelim would be ninth fastest in the nation. Senior Wade Rimbach (Essex, England) placed 10th (47.63) in the event, while freshman Brian Koralewski (Floral Park, N.Y.) finished in 11th (48.18).

In the 200 fly, junior David Holmes (Doncaster, England) captured first place (1:47.80), breaking the school and conference record set by former Bearcat Chris McGuire in the 2003 Championship. His time is also an NCAA 'B' provisional time. Sophomore Jason Lapp (Linwood, N.Y.) touched in 1:59.80 for ninth place, while freshman Peter Rodrick (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) finished 11th (2:02.49). Freshman Mark Fedorchak (Vestal, N.Y.) rounded out the Bearcats in the 200 fly touching in 2:13.85 for 14th place. Rodrick also placed 11th in the 1650 free (17.28.51).

In the 200 back, junior Brian Koizim (White Plains, N.Y.) set the school record with a time of 1:52.01, he took second place in the event. Freshman Sean Lorenz (Norwich, N.Y.) finished in sixth place (1:55.58), while sophomore Michael Britvan (Pleasantville, N.Y.) placed 11th in the event (1:59.87). Sophomore Bryan Kwiatkowski (Garnerville, N.Y.) was the final BU swimmer in the event touching in 2:02.81 for 13th place.

In the 200 breast the Bearcats were led by freshman Brenno Varanda (St. Petersburg, Fla.) who won the event in 2:04.75, .35 seconds off the conference mark. Finishing behind Varanda was freshman Andrew Palumbo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) touching in 2:10.57 for ninth place, while sophomore Dylan Hobe (New Windsor, N.Y.) finished 11th (2:11.20).

In the 400 free relay, Koizim, Rimbach, Holmes and Tayla won the race in 3:01.42 setting the conference and school record. The quartet finished more than three seconds faster than the next relay team.

On the women's side, senior Nicole Fulgieri (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) finished in 14 place (2:13.37) in the 200 back, while sophomore Nicole Sweeney (Commack, N.Y.) placed 16th in the 1650 free (18:30.81). Freshman Aleksandra Grubic (Split, Croatia) touched in 54.45 for 14th place in the 100 free. In the 200 fly, senior Christine Carroll (Washingtonville, N.Y.) finished 10th (2:14.78), while sophomore Bridget Dormer (Northport, N.Y.) touched in 2:18.17 in 16th.

In the 400 free relay the quartet of Payabyab, freshman Heather Jennings (Ridge, N.Y.), freshman Jodi Brown (Hauppauge, N.Y.) and Grubic finished sixth (3:39.99).

Top Preformances (1st-8th Invididual, 1st-3rd Relay)
Kaan Tayla
1st 50 free (20.00) SR/CR/NCAA "B" cut
1st 100 free (44.14) - Prelim time (43.68) SR/CR/NCAA "B" cut
1st 200 free (1:37.59) SR/CR/NCAA "B" cut
1st 200 free relay (1:23.47) SR/CR
1st 200 medley relay (1:32.14) SR/CR
1st 400 free relay (3:01.42) SR/CR
1st 400 medley relay (3:20.67) SR/CR

David Holmes
1st 200 IM (1:49.31) SR/CR
1st 100 fly (48.95) SR/CR
1st 200 fly (1:47.80) SR/CR/NCAA "B" cut
1st 200 free relay (1:23.47) SR/CR
1st 200 medley relay (1:32.14) SR/CR
1st 400 free relay (3:01.42) SR/CR
1st 400 medley relay (3:20.67) SR/CR

Brenno Varanda
1st 200 breast (2:04.75)
1st 400 IM (3:59.35) SR
2nd 200 IM (1:52.29)
1st 200 medley relay (1:32.14) SR/CR
1st 400 medley relay (3:20.67) SR/CR
2nd 800 free relay (6:55.05)

Brian Koizim
2nd 100 back (51.71)
2nd 200 back (1:52.01) SR
3rd 200 IM (1:53.09)
1st 200 medley relay (1:32.14) SR/CR
1st 400 free relay (3:01.42) SR/CR
1st 400 medley relay (3:20.67) SR/CR * Set the SR in the 100 back (51.36)
2nd 800 free relay (6:55.05)

Ryan Graham
3rd three-meter dive (434.95)
4th one-meter dive (256.10)

Wade Rimbach
4th 400 IM (4:11.19)
6th 200 IM (1:57.00)
1st 200 free relay (1:23.47) SR/CR
1st 400 free relay (3:01.42) SR/CR
2nd 800 free relay (6:55.05)

Sean Lornez
6th 200 back (1:55.58)

Matthew Russo
7th one-meter dive (198.00)
7th three-meter dive (351.10)

Katherine Hassfurter
7th three-meter dive (369.45)

Eden Payabyab
7th 100 fly (59.39)

Dylan Hobe
T-7th 100 breast (58.82)

Brian Koralewski
8th 50 free (21.86)
8th 200 free (1:45.48)
1st 200 free relay (1:23.47) SR/CR

Andrew Palumbo
2nd 800 free relay (6:55.05)


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