Release: February 11, 2007
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Men's Swimming and Diving Takes Second at AE Championships; Holmes
named Most Outstanding Swimmer
grab four victories, set four meet records; Coaching staff earns
league's top accolade
Day Four Results
Championship Recaps: Day Three
Day Two Day
BOSTON -- Senior
Holmes (Doncaster, England) notched
his third individual crown and fifth overall en route to earning America
East Men's Most Outstanding Swimmer
honors on Sunday evening in the final night of the 2007 America
East Swimming and Diving Championships.
The mens team delivered four record-setting performances
and captured four of the six swimming events en route to their
fourth straight runner-up finish. The womens team had three
finalists on Sunday as they took home seventh-place honors.
"We outdid ourselves again," said head swim coach Sean
Clark. "The last four days have been the culmination of
a long, hard season and I can't be more proud of how my teams
represented both themselves and our university. There was an
awful lot of Bearcat pride on display this weekend."
notched his sixth NCAA 'B' cut of the year and fourth in as many
nights, as he set a new school, pool, and conference high-water
mark in the 200-yard butterfly, touching in 1:46.70. He swam
the lead leg on Binghamton's second record-setting 400-yard relay
effort to close out the four-day meet.
A Binghamton men's swimmer
has now earned the conference's top individual accolade in three
consecutive years. Former BU swimmer Kaan Tayla won the award
at each of the last two championship meets. In addition to Holmes'
honor, Clark, diving coach Anna Tutnnikova and first-year assistant
Aimee Bourassa were named America East Men's Swimming Coaching
Staff of the Year.
the 200 fly, Holmes was one of five Binghamton finalists in the
200 fly as freshman John Blatchford
(Amsterdam, N.Y.) took fifth and the trio of Peter Rodrick (Briarcliff
Manor, N.Y.), junior Jason Lapp (Linwood,
N.Y.) and Alex Goldstein (Huntington,
N.Y.) occupied slots 8-10, respectively.
Koizim (White Plains, N.Y.) picked up his second individual
championship crown of the weekend, setting a new school and championship
record in the 200-yard backstroke, clocking at 1:48.77. For his
stellar efforts over his four-year BU career, Koizim was awarded
the Senior Coaches' Award, given to the swimmer who earned the
most points at the championship meet from freshman through their
senior years. Joining Koizim in the finals, sophomore Sean
Lorenz (Norwich, N.Y.) finished in fifth in 1:54.05
For the second consecutive night, sophomore Brenno
Varanda (St. Petersburg, Fla.) set a new pool, school and
championship record while successful defending his individual
crown, this time around claiming the gold in the 200-yard breaststroke
in 2:03.34. For the meet, Varanda finished with three titles,
a pair of individual wins and one relay, to go along with runner-up
honors in the 200-yard individual medley.
Sophomore Brian Koralewski (Floral
Park, N.Y.) was less than four-tenths of a second off the pace
in the 100-yard freestyle, taking home the silver in a lifetime
best time of 46.34. Capping off a fantastic weekend, freshman
Philip Dzieniszewski (Bayside,
N.Y.) reached his third final, finishing in sixth in 47.50.
BU also had a pair of finalists in the 1650-yard freestyle as
Brian Jacobs (Bloomingburg, N.Y.) and
Peter Rodrick placed sixth and eighth, respectively. Alex Goldstein
won the consolation final in 17:16.94, finishing ninth overall.
In the final meet of the night, the Bearcats capped off an outstanding
day weekend as the BU quartet of Holmes, Koizim, Lorenz, and
Koralewski teamed up to capture the 400-yard freestyle relay
in a record-setting time of 3:01.18.
UMBC (876.5 points) captured its fourth straight America East
title since joining the league. Despite finishing as conference
runners-up for the fourth straight year, BU's marked improvement
cannot go unnoticed. This year the Bearcats significantly narrowed
the gap between themselves and the Retrievers (from 201 points
to 71.5), while putting a healthy amount of distance in front
its closest competitor.
"To close the gap as much as we did is a real testament
to the character of our men," said Clark. "They were
just incredible this weekend."
New Hampshire followed BU in third (596), while Boston University
(488) and Maine (393) rounded out the five-team field.
Junior Nicole Sweeney (Commack, N.Y.),
along with freshmen Lindsay Wright
(Johnson City, N.Y.) and Anne Malvasi
(Liverpool, N.Y.) were all finalists pacing the Bearcat women's
efforts on the final day of the championship meet.
cut 40 seconds off her time from a year ago finishing seventh
in the 1,650-yard freestyle in a lifetime best 17:50.32, while
Wright took eighth in the 100-yard freestyle in 54.28, and Malvasi
was seventh in the one-meter diving championships with 226.20
points. Sweeney was also a consolation finalist in the 200-yard
butterfly, finishing in 11th.
Freshman Allyce Brand (Highland Park,
Illinois) won the consolation final in the 200-yard breaststroke
with a lifetime best time of 2:28.82. Also a consolation finalist,
freshman Taryn Ferrara finished out
a strong weekend with a 15th place finish in the 100 free with
a lifetime best of her own, 54.44.
UMBC (719) was also victorious on the women's side, comfortably
topping runner-up Boston University (616), while New Hampshire
(596) finished in a close third. Maine (462) ended in fourth,
followed by Vermont (454), Stony Brook (264) and Binghamton (247).
"It was a fun night going back and forth with Stony Brook,"
said Clark. "We definitely gave them a run. I couldn't be
prouder of our women's efforts. This weekend proved that the
future of our program is very bright."