Immediate Release: February 17, 2008
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (firstname.lastname@example.org)
America East Swimming and Diving Championships - Day 4
claims third title, earns league's top swimmer honors
Day four results
ORONO, ME -- Junior Brenno Varanda
(St. Petersburg, Fla.) broke his own school record in the 200-breast
to claim his third title of the weekend pacing the Binghamton
swimming and diving team's efforts on the final day of competition
at the 2008 America East Conference Championships at the University
of Maine's Wallace Pool.
Varanda capped off a stellar weekend of swimming by winning the
200-breast in a school- and meet-record time of 2:02.78. He finished
a perfect 3-for-3 in individual events garnering America East
Men's Most Outstanding Swimmer honors for the first time in his
A Binghamton men's swimmer has now earned the conference's top
individual accolade in four consecutive years. Former BU swimmer
Kaan Tayla won the award from 2005-2006, while 2006 graduate
and NCAA qualifer David Holmes won it at last year's meet.
His record-setting swim topped his own previous mark of 2:03.34
set at last year's championship meet. The Bearcat junior has
now won the event in three consecutive league meets. In his three-year
collegiate career, he has now collected seven individual America
Led by Varanda, the Binghamton men finished in third place in
the five-team field with a total of 709 points, while the Bearcat
women came in sixth place out of seven with 302.5 points - marking
the squad's highest scoring output at the league meet since the
team's fifth place effort during the 2004 season (324 points).
The UMBC men captured their 11th consecutive conference championship
and fifth straight since joining the America East. The Retrievers
followed suit on the women's side, as UMBC became the first school
in conference history to win back-to-back mens and womens
Junior Andrew Palumbo (Yorktown Heights,
N.Y.) and senior Dylan Hobe (New Windsor,
N.Y.) both also reached the 200-breast finals, finishing in third
and fifth place, respectively.
Senior Jason Lapp (Linwood, N.Y.) and
sophomore Craig Juergens (Boylston,
Mass.) followed in 10th and 11th place. For Palumbo, it was his
second medal in as many days clocking in at a personal-best 2:05.95.
the men's 200-back, junior Sean Lorenz
(Norwich, N.Y.) led a trio of Bearcat finalists. Lorenz captured
fourth-place honors in a time of 1:52.90.
Freshmen Jason Chen (Livingston, N.J.)
and Kevin Kearney (Latham, N.Y.) joined
Lorenz in the evening's final, touching in sixth and seventh
place, respectively. Chen clocked in at 1:54.13, while Kearney
was two spots behind with a time of 1:54.38.
Junior Brian Koralewki (Floral
Park, N.Y.) and sophomore Philip
Dzieniszewski (Bayside, N.Y.) were finalists in the 100-free.
Koralewski medaled with a third-place finish in a time of 46.92,
while Dzieniszewski touched just three tenths of a second back
in fourth in 46.95. Junior Joe Rogan
(Ithaca, N.Y.) added a 15th place finish in the event.
Sophomore Brian Jacobs (Bloomingburg,
N.Y.) and freshman Cole Courtemanche
(Gardner, Mass.) both reached the finals in the mile. Jacobs
came in sixth place in 16:26.61, while Courtemanche touched in
eighth place in 16:44.27. Peter Rodrick won the consolation final
and finished in ninth place in 16:52.68.
Binghamton posted three top-10 performances in the 200-fly final.
Junior Peter Rodrick (Briarcliff Manor,
N.Y.) and Matt McCort (Commack, N.Y.)
tied for sixth overall in 1:56.38. Sophomore John
Blatchford (Amsterdam, N.Y.) came in 10th in 1:59.82.
On the women's side, freshman Lyndsi
Worthington (Leawood, Kan.) became a two-time finalist advancing
to the 200-back finals. Worthington touched in a time of 2:10.47to
finish fifth. On Saturday, she finished eighth in the 100-back.
In the consolation final, Jordyn
Kline (Amsterdam, N.Y.) and Kelly
Harris (Farmingdale, N.Y.) added 13th- and 16th-place finishes,
First-year swimmer Brittany
Detlef (Rochester, N.Y.) won the consolation final in the
200-fly in a time of 2:10.48. Detlef earned a pair of top-10
finishes in her America East Championship debut, highlighted
by her third-place effort in the 100-fly on Saturday.
Fresh off Saturday's school-record breaking performance in the
100-breast, freshman Danielle
Gallo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) set another team mark in the
200-breast earning 11th place honors in a time of 2:26.61.
Gallo's time surpassed former BU swimmer Mary Tennyson's seven-year-old
school mark of 2:27.20.
Sweeney (Commack, N.Y.) and freshman Kelsey
Anderson (Penfield, N.Y.) both reached the consolation finals
in the mile. Anderson came in 13th in place while Sweeney was
in at in 16th.
Brand (Highland Park, Ill.) and Taryn
Ferrara (Morristown, N.J.) were both consolation finalists
in the 100-free. Brand finished 14th overall and Ferrara in 16th
The Binghamton men's and women's swim team will return to action
at the ECAC Championships in Pittsburgh, PA on February 29 to
March 2, 2008.
Women's Team Rankings
2. Boston University
3. New Hampshire
7. Stony Brook
Men's Team Rankings
2. Boston University
4. Stony Brook
America East Men's Championship
2008 Brenno Varanda, Binghamton
2007 David Holmes, Binghamton
2006 Kaan Tayla, Binghamton
2005 Kaan Tayla, Binghamton
2004 Brad Green, UMBC
2003 Chris McGuire, Binghamton