Immediate Release: February 20, 2010
"Our performance during the week was probably the best in our 50-plus year program's history," head coach Sean Clark said. "We were on fire all week and after an impressive day three we may have out did ourselves on the final day of competition."
The final day of the championships were highlighted by sophomore Tiffany Siu's gold medal race in the 200 fly and the Binghamton coaching staff earning Co-Coaching Staff of the Year honors for both teams. The recognition was the third time the staff won the award (2006 & 2007). Siu won the 200 fly with a time of 2:01.32 giving the women's team their second champion of the meet. The victory by Siu marks the first time since 2003 that the women's team had multiple winners. Senior Amanda Ciccone won the 100 fly on day three of the championships.
"Tiffany (Siu) wasn't going to be denied," Clark continued. "It was an incredibly close race and she did what she had to do to get it and done. Everyone was impressed by her performance."
The men closed out the championships impressively, producing eight finalists. Senior Jason Chen and junior Joe Perez-Rogers led the Bearcat charge both claiming third place finishes. Chen touched third in the 200 back with a school-record time of 1:47.96, while Perez-Rogers took third in the 100 free (45.48). Junior Nolan Slesnick followed up his win in the 400 IM on day three with a second-place finish in the mile. Slesnick swam a solid race, but fell to UMBC sophomore Pierre De Waal by more than ten seconds, ending the event with a time of 15:51.00.
The other finalist on the day for the men were sophomores Josh Saccurato and Andrew Ellman, freshmen Colin Figus and John Pangal, along with senior Phil Dzieniszewski. Dzieniszewski ended his BU career with three finalist honors at the championships, taking sixth in the 100 free (45.93). Saccurato and Pangal claimed fifth and sixth, respectively in the 200 fly, while Ellman and Figus placed sixth and seventh in the 200 breast.
Nine other men earned consolation finalist honors for the Bearcats as the men finished the meet with 690.5 points. BU ended the day with a second-place finish in the 400 free. The quartet of Chen, Perez-Rogers, Tim Cabasino and Dzieniszewski touched in a time of 3:01.27, less than a second behind winner, Boston University.
On the women's side, sophomore Karissa Gorman touched seventh in the mile with a new school-record time of 17.20.23, earning finalist honors. Ciccone took third in the 100 free (51.13) following up her win in the 100 fly with a top-three finish, closing out her all-conference meet.
Sophomores Caitlin Nelson and Melissa Lindahl, along with senior Brittany Detlef all claimed consolation finalist honors for the BU women. Nelson touched 12th in the 100 free, while Lindahl recorded the same finish in the 200 back. Detlef earned a tenth place showing in the 200 fly to finish her BU career. Freshman Lauren Flower set a new school record in the 200 breast with a time of 2:24.46 in the preliminaries. She finished 15th in the consolation finals.
The women earned two more finalist honors on the meter board. Juniors Jenna Easton and Morgan Neal both placed in the top eight. Easton took fourth with a score of 445, as Neal rounded out the event with an eighth-place finish (406.35).
The foursome of Siu, Olivia Baczek, Nelson and Ciccone ended the meet setting a program record in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:28.19, breaking the eight-year old record set in 2003.
"The team did great things and I was blown away," Clark summarized. "We did our best to make Binghamton look good. We were waiting for a chance to show what we could do and we did exactly that."
NOTES: Binghamton had six men (Chen, Dzieniszewski, Foiles, Perez-Rogers, Saccurato, Slesnick) and two women (Ciccone, Siu) earn all-conference honors. Last year only two men claimed the honor, while no women were recognized. All five women relay school records were broken during the championships.
Most Outstanding Swimmer - Kyle Ernst, UMBC
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