For Immediate Release: February 18, 2010
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BU swimming & diving takes part in day two of America East Championships
Women leap to fourth place, men retain third


GERMANTOWN, M.D. -- The Binghamton swimming and diving program competed in day two of the America East Championships Friday. The women had a strong day as they jumped to fourth place in the standings, while the men retained their third place showing. Three more BU records were broken on the women's side, as Tiffany Siu and Amanda Ciccone re-wrote Binghamton's record book.

"Overall, we had an aggressive day in the water," head coach Sean Clark said. "We had a lot of people swim well today and score huge points for us. As a team, we will have to paddle faster to hold off the competition."

For the women, Tiffany Siu earned all-conference honors by finishing third in the 500 free with a new school record time of 4:55.70. She broke a nine-year old record held by now assistant coach Yun Qu (5:01.30). Senior Amanda Ciccone also put in a record setting performance in the 200 IM. She broke her own record of 2:06.74 at last years AE Championships by finishing in a time of 2:03.95 in the preliminaries. Ciccone finished fifth in the finals, scoring 14 points for the Bearcats.

Continuing the women's success were sophomores Olivia Baczek and Caitlin Nelson. Both earned points for BU, as Baczek finished eighth in the 50 free and Nelson took 14th in the consolation final. The foursome of Ciccone, Baczek, Nelson and Brittany Detlef touch fourth in the 200 free relay, setting a new school record of 1:35.85.

Juniors Jenna Easton and Morgan Neal scored points for Binghamton on the three-meter board. Easton finished third with a total score of 477.70, while Neal closed out the day with a combined score of 399.40 to earn finalist honors. The duo accumulated a total of 25 points for the Bearcats.

The men had an impressive day in the water, scoring major points in the 500 free and 200 IM. Junior Nolan Slesnick earned all-conference honors by finishing second in the 500 free with a time of 4:30.89. Five BU swimmers scored points for the Bearcats in the event. Binghamton also had a strong showing in the 200 IM as six Bearcats tallied points for BU led by senior Jason Chen's third place finish. Senior Phil Dzieniszewski placed fourth in the 50 free, while junior Joe Perez-Rogers won the consolation final with a time of 20.83.

The men closed out their day by breaking the school record in the 200 free relay and out touching powerhouse UMBC. The quartet of Chen, Dzieniszewski, Perez-Rogers and Tim Cabasino swam to a second-place finish in the final event of the day with a NCAA-consideration time of 1:21.44. The foursome scored huge points for the Bearcats as they retained their third place standing.

Day three continues tomorrow at 10 a.m. with a full slate of events.

 Women's Team Rankings
1. Boston Univ. 262
2. UMBC 251
3. New Hampshire 229
4. Binghamton 156
5. Vermont 141
6. Stony Brook 114
7. Maine 109
Men's Team Rankings   
1. Boston Univ. 304
2. UMBC 288
3. Binghamton  258
4. Maine  118
5. Stony Brook   116

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