Release: February 10, 2007
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Men's Swimming & Diving Makes Waves on Day 3 of America East Championships
Four school records fall, four champions crowned as the Bearcats maintain second place in five-team field
Day 4 Psych Sheets
Day 3 Results
Day 2 Recap
BOSTON -- Senior swimmer David Holmes (Doncaster, England) claimed gold in two indivdual events, swam the anchor leg on Binghamton's record-setting 400-yard medley relay and notched his fourth NCAA 'B' cut of the year and second in as many nights, highlighting a momentous evening for the Bearcats' swimming and diving program on the third night of competition at the America East Championships on Saturday at Boston University's Aquatic Center.
"We had some absolutely fantastic performances tonight on both sides," said head swim coach Sean Clark. "For the men, tonight has to go down as one of the best performances in school history."
Holmes posted a new school, pool, and America East Conference record time in the 200-yard freestyle with his NCAA 'B' standard qualifying time of 1:35.56. His effort trumps former Bearcat swimmer Kaan Tayla's record of 1:37.59 established at last year's championships. Holmes' effort eclipses the 'B' standard by over two seconds, but fell just four tenths of a second shy of the automatic qualifying standard in the event
Still, Clark described Holmes' chances at becoming the first Binghamton University men's swimmer to qualify for the NCAA Division I Championships as "highly likely."
"It was without a doubt, one of the biggest swims in championship history. Last year that time would have qualified for the NCAA Championships. We won't know for sure for a couple weeks, but he has a solid chance and he still has plenty of opportunities both tomorrow and next weekend at the ECAC meet."
Sophomore Brenno Varanda (St. Petersburg, Fla.) kickstarted the Bearcat efforts, successfully defending his crown in the 400-yard individual medley shattering a ten-year-old meet record in 3:57.93. Sophomore Sean Lorenz (East Norwich, N.Y.) followed in seventh, the first of two finals he qualified for on the Saturday. Lorenz finished fifth in the 100-yard backstroke.
Next up, it was senior co-captain Trevor Stone (Windsor, N.Y.) who kept the BU momentum afloat, capturing the 100-yard butterfly in dramatic come-from-behind fashion. Stone swam a personal best 49.72 to nip UMBC's Justin Bronson by three-tenths of a second. Building upon Friday's victory in the 50-yard freestyle, freshman phenom Philip Dzieniszewski (Bayside, N.Y.) posted a personal best time of his own, claiming fourth in 50.66.
In the 100-yard backstroke, fellow co-captain, senior Brian Koizim (White Plains, N.Y.) broke his own school record three times over the course of Saturday's action en route to a silver medal performance. Koizim first bested his top time in the prelims (51.35) before raising the bar again in the finals (50.31). Later, he comleted the trifecta, swimming the leadoff leg in 50.14.
Three BU divers reached the finals of the three-meter championships, as sophomores Ryan Graham (Vestal, N.Y.) and Matt Russo (Manhattan, N.Y.), along with freshman Robert Nolte (Schnectady, N.Y.) grabbed fourth, fifth and eighth place, respectively.
In the final meet of the night, the 400-yard medley relay, the Bearcats capped off an outstanding day of performances in fitting fashion. The BU quartet of Koizim, Stone, Varanda and Holmes touched in a time of 3:20.65, breaking the previous pool, school and meet records set by the Bearcats at the 2006 championships.
When all was said and done, the Bearcats had produced a total of three individual champions, a record-setting relay victory, 10 finalists (three of which posted top five finishes), and nine consolation finalists.
Heading into the final day of the 2007 championships UMBC (609.5 points) maintains its lead, while Binghamton remains in second with 538 points. Stony Brook follows (380.5). Boston University (332) and Maine (272) round out the five-team field. Last year, the Bearcats finished more than 200 points behind the champion Retrievers and narrowly held off third-place Stony Brook by one-half point.
After being picked to finish fourth in the preseason coaches poll, Clark believes the BU has gone a long way to reaffirming its status as a conference power. "I think we have served notice to the rest of the league that there are some quick swimmers in Upstate New York."
Day four of the four-day event continues on Sunday with two sessions of events. The first session of the day gets underway at 10 a.m., followed by the days second session at 5:30 p.m.
"We are very pleased with our performance thus far," said Clark. "But there is still work to be done."
Notes: Former BU women's swimmers Yun Qu and Huijue Cai are the only Bearcats that have previously qualified for the NCAA Championships...Holmes met a pair of NCAA 'B' cut times in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle earlier this season at the Bucknell Trial/Finals Invitational.
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