For Immediate Release: February 16, 2008
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America East Swimming and Diving Championships - Day 3
Varanda wins 400-IM for third straight year at league meet

Day Three Results
Day Four program

ORONO, ME -- Junior Brenno Varanda (St. Petersburg, Fla.) won the 400-IM claiming his second individual title of the weekend pacing the Binghamton swimming and diving team's efforts on the third day of competition at the 2008 America East Conference Championships at the University of Maine's Wallace Pool.

Varanda defended his crown in the 400-IM with a winning time of 4:00.33 and is now a three-time champion in the event. In his three-year collegiate career, he has now collected six individual conference titles. On Sunday, Varanda will look to defend another crown and become a three-time champion in the 200-breast.

Both senior Jason Lapp (Linwood, N.Y.) and freshman Craig Juergens (Boylston, Mass.) were consolation finalists in the event, claiming 11th and 14th place, respectively.

One day after defending his title in the 50-free, sophomore Philip Dzieniszewski (Bayside, N.Y.) fell just shy of his second gold medal, earning runner-up honors in the 100-fly in 50.48. Dzieniszewski finished fourth in the event at last year's meet.

Freshman Jason Chen (Livingston, N.J.) was also a finalist in the event, touching in sixth in 51.43.

Freshman Matt McCort (Commack, N.Y.) and sophomore John Blatchford (Amsterdam, N.Y.) added 11th and 13th place finishes in the consolation final.

Pacing the Bearcat men's efforts in the 200-free was junior Brian Koralewski (Floral Park, N.Y.). Koralewski finished in seventh place in 1:43.58 leading three BU point scorers in the event.

Sophomore Brian Jacobs (Bloomingburg, N.Y.) won the consolation final, finishing ninth overall in 1:44.26, while senior Michael Britvan (Pleasantville, N.Y.) added a 14th-place finish.

Junior Ryan Graham (Vestal, N.Y.) finished third overall in the men's 3-meter diving competition. Graham scored 284.15 points in the final round. Senior Matt Russo (Manhattan, N.Y.) placed sixth overall with a score of 230.10m while sophomore Bob Nolte (Schenectady, N.Y.) finished in 10th place with 194.40 points.

In the 100-breast championship, junior Andrew Palumbo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) claimed runner-up honors in 57.14. The performance marks Palumbo's highest-ever finish at the league meet. His previous top finish was a fifth-place effort at the 2007 meet in Boston.

Senior teammate Dylan Hobe (New Windsor, N.Y.) touched in fourth in 57.94, while sophomore Craig Juergens (Boylston, Mass.) rounded out the Bearcat finalists in eighth with a time of 1:00.67.

Jason Lapp won the consolation final, finishing ninth overall and John Blatchford added a 14th-place finish in the event.

Junior Sean Lorenz (Norwich, N.Y.) medaled in the 100-back, finishing in third place in a time of 52.02. Touching in fifth place was freshman Kevin Kearney (Latham, N.Y.) in 52.87.

The men's 400-medley relay team touched in second place behind Boston University. The Bearcat quartet of Dzieniszewski, Palumbo, Lorenz, and Koralewski clocked in with a 3:24.63.

The men sit in third place in the five-team field and have a total of 470 points, behind meet-leading UMBC (671) and Boston University (513).

On the women's side, freshman Brittany Detlef (Rochester, N.Y.) became the Bearcats' first medalist at the league meet earning a share of third place in the 100-fly with UNH's Deanna Petchonka. Detlef clocked in at 57.83, less than a second off the winning pace. She later would add a 12th place finish in the 100-back in 1:01.39.

Sophomore Taryn Ferrara (Morristown, N.J.) shaved over a second off her prelim time, posting a 1:00.23 in the consolation finals of the event and fighting her way to an 11th-place finish.

Fellow freshmen Danielle Gallo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) and Lyndsi Worthington (Leawood, Kan.) were both also finalists on the evening. Gallo finished in sixth in the 100-breast in a school-record time of 1:07.13, while Worthington clocked in at 1:00.95 in the 100-back, good for an eighth place finish.

Gallo's time surpassed former BU swimmer Mary Tennyson's seven-year-old school-best mark of 1:07.92 in the 100-breast .

Juniors Heather Jennings (Ridge, N.Y.) and Jodi Brown (Hauppauge, N.Y.) and freshman Jordyn Kline (Amsterdam, N.Y.) were all consolation finalists for the Bearcats. In the 400-IM, Jennings finished in 15th in 4:45.76, while Kline took 16th in 4:45.76. Brown was 16th in the 200-free in 1:58.89.

The Bearcat women are sitting in sixth with 235.5 points headed into Sunday's finale.

The four-day America East Championships concludes Sunday with the men’s and women’s mile, 200-fly, 100-free, 200-back, 200-breast, and 400-free relay. The morning preliminary session begins at 10 a.m., while finals begin at 5:30 p.m.

 Women's Team Rankings
1. Boston University 488
2. UMBC 477
3. UNH 468.5
4. Vermont 318.5
5. Maine 276.5
6. Binghamton 235.5
7. Stony Brook 142
Men's Team Rankings   
1. UMBC 671
2. Boston University 513
3. Binghamton  470
4. Stony Brook  330
5. Maine  203

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