Release: February 9, 2007
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (email@example.com)
Swimming & Diving crowns three individual champions on Day
2 of America East Championships
men vault into second after sweep of individual events; women
draw even with Stony Brook for sixth place
Day 2 Results
Day 1 Recap
BOSTON -- The Binghamton University men's swimming and diving
team crowned three individual champions sweeping the full slate
of individual events to highlight the action on the second day
of competition at the America East Championships on Friday at
Boston University's Aquatic Center.
The stellar performance of the men's squad propelled the Bearcats
into second place (252), behind current leader and defending
champions UMBC (313.5). On the women's side, three individual
lifetime best swims and a terrfic relay effort has moved the
Bearcats into a tie for sixth place with SUNY rival Stony Brook.
Holmes (Doncaster, England) claimed the gold for the Bearcats
in the 500-yard freestyle, shattering the previous meet record
in the by six seconds, with an NCAA B cut time of 4:22.80.
"Dave delivered an absolutely remarkable swim," said
head coach Sean Clark. "He attacked the race and swam hard.
It was fun to watch."
Freshman Brian Jacobs (Bloomingburg,
N.Y.) swam a lifetime best and ECAC qualifying time of 4:43.86
to win the consolation final and claim ninth in the 500.
In the 200-yard individual medley, seniors Brian
Koizim (White Plains, N.Y.) and sophomore Brenno
Varanda (St. Petersburg, Fla.) went one-two with times of
1:50.13 and 1:51.03, each touching a full two seconds ahead of
the field. Senior Trevor Stone (Windsor,
N.Y.) was also a finalist in the event, joining the fleet duo
in seventh place (1:56.50), while teammate Andrew
Palumbo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) captured the consolation
final, finishing ninth overall (1:57.15).
Freshman Philip Dzieniszewski
(Bayside, N.Y.) capped off BU's clean sweep touching first with
a lifetime best 21.22 in the 50 free.
"Philip certainly shocked a lot of people, but he didnt
fool his coach," said Clark. "I was just thrilled to
see him step up in such grand fashion. He was huge for us."
Sophomore Brian Koralewski (Floral
Park, N.Y.) joined Dzieniszewski in the 50 finals, posting a
fifth place finish in an ECAC qualifying time of 21.35.
On the women's side, freshman Lindsay Wright
(Johnson City, N.Y.) was the Bearcats' lone finalist, finishing
eighth in the 50 free in a time of 24.93.
Freshman duo Taryn Ferrara (Morristown,
N.J.) and Allyce Brand (Highland Park,
Illinois) both posted lifetime best and ECAC qualifying swims
finishing 12th in the 50-yard freestyle (25.15) and 15th in the
200-yard individual medley (2:14.99), respectively.
On the boards, Sophomore diver Kate
Hassfurter (Horseheads, N.Y.) took eighth in the 3-meter
championships totaling 219.85 points.
200-yard freestyle relay came in fifth ahead of both Vermont
and Stony Brook, qualifying for next week's ECAC meet with a
time of 1:38.40. The trio of Brand, Ferrara and Wright teamed
up with sophomore Aleksandra Grubic
(Split, Croatia) to record the women's top finish in the event
since the 2003-04 season.
"We are looking forward to the next couple of days,"
said Clark. "It is a good start, but we got a lot of work
Day three of the four-day event continues on Saturday with two
sessions of events. The first session of the day gets underway
at 10 a.m., followed by the days second session at 6 p.m.