For Immediate Release: February 20, 2009
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Phone: 607-777-2956

Swimming and Diving competes in day two of the America East Conference Championship

BOSTON, Mass. -- Freshman Nolan Slesnick broke the school freshman record with a lifetime best time on the way to a third place finish in the 500 free to highlight the Bearcats efforts on day two of the America East Conference Championships at the BU Aquatic Center in Boston, Massachusetts. The men sit in third place, and the women in fifth with two days of competition to go.

Slesnick placed third in the 500 free (4:30.45), while teammate senior Peter Rodrick placed eighth (4:44.07).

Senior Brenno Varanda placed fourth in the 200 IM (1:51.07), and was followed up by sophomore Jason Chen in sixth place (1:53.39) and senior Andrew Palumbo in seventh place (1:54.06).Senior Sean Lorenz also won the "B" final, ninth place overall, in the 200 IM with a time of (1:54.76).

Junior Philip Dzieniszewski placed fourth in the 50 free with a time of 20.77. Also placing in the 50 were senior Joe Rogan and freshman Joe Perez-Rogers who placed in 11th and 12th place with times of 21.46 and 21.50 respectively.

"Some amazing swimming going on here, we're swimming great," head coach Sean Clark commented after the days competition. "Today was one of our good days, tomorrow is going to be more of a scramble to stay in contact with UMBC and Boston."

Sophomore Amanda Ciccone place sixth in the 50 free (24.11) to lead the women, while teammate junior Allyce Brand followed behind in ninth place with a time of 24.37. Freshmen Tricia Alejandro came in 16 in the 200 IM (2:11.70).

On the boards, Senior Kate Hassfurter placed third, while teammate Melanie Gelfand came in eighth place. Clark was extremely pleased with his divers performances, exclaiming "This is just a testament to their perseverance and their stick-to-it-ness."

"We're putting up some great swims, and staying on top of things…It's going to be tough to hold that spot," Clark said. "We've got two tough days to battle it out. Every little point is important on the women's side."

The Championship will resume tomorrow with preliminaries beginning at 10 a.m. Finals will begin at 6 p.m. and winners will be crowned in the men and women’s 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard individual medley, 50-yard freestyle, 200-yard freestyle relay and the women’s 3-meter dive. Diving preliminaries will begin at approximately 2 p.m.

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