Immediate Release: February 17, 2010
"We're relieved to be on our way," head coach Sean Clark said. "It's going to be a really fast championship and the races were extremely competitive overall. We had some really fantastic performances today."
During day one, the men swam to a pair of third place finishes in the 800 free relay and 200 medley relay. The foursome of juniors Nolan Slesnick and Dan Feeley and sophomores Devon Byrt and Aaron Budner finished with a time of 6:47.43 in the 800 free relay. UMBC won the relay in a new America East Championship record time of 6:34.28. The team of junior Joe-Perez Rogers, seniors Phil Dzieniszewski and Jason Chen and sophomore Tim Cabasino took third in the 200 medley relay setting a new BU record with a time of 1:30.16. Boston Univeristy won the race in America East Championship record time of 1:28.91.
"All four men had lifetime best splits in the 800 free relay, which was awesome to see," Clark continued. "Joe Perez-Rogers had a lifetime and conference-best split in the 200 IM where he swam a very strong leg."
One the meter board for the men, sophomores Justin Mattison and Anthony Foiles scored significant points for the Bearcat men. The duo earned finalist honors finishing fourth and fifth respectively, totaling 29 points for men's team. Mattison posted a score of 502.60, while Foiles recorded a total of 485.95.
"Our two sophomore divers put in solid performances today and earned us some quality points," Clark said. "We're looking forward to seeing them do even better on the three-meter board."
On the women's side, the compilation of senior Amanda Cicone, sophomores Tiffany Siu and Caitlin Nelson and junior Maria Mazzoni touched fifth in the 800 free relay with a time of 7:34.55, demolishing the old Binghamton record by more than ten seconds. The quartet of seniors Brittany Detlef and Danielle Gallo and sophomores Siu and Olivia Baczek were just out touched by Vermont for fifth place in the 200 medley relay. The women finished in a new school record time of 1:45.61, just .32 seconds behind the Catamount foursome. Vermont also won the 200 medley relay at the dual meet with BU earlier in the season.
"Our women put in some electrifying splits during the relays," Clark noted. "The senior leadership of Brittany Detlef and Amanda Ciccone showed right from the start. Both girls swam lifetime best splits and that's exciting to witness."
At the end of day one the men's team sits in third with 93 points, behind UMBC (114) and Boston University (107). The women are in sixth place with 54 points, with second place and sixth separated by just 12 points.
The four-day America East Championships continue Friday with the mens and womens 500-free, 200-IM, 50-free, 200-free relay and the womens 3-meter diving. The morning preliminary session begins at 10 a.m., while finals begin at 6 p.m.
NOTE: All four relay teams swam to ECAC qualifying times...the men's 200 medley relay team just missed the NCAA consideration time of 1:29.94.
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