Swimming & diving teams head to America East Conference Championships

The Binghamton swimming & diving teams will head to Orono, Maine this weekend for the 14th America East Swimming & Diving Championships. The meet will be held at the Stanley Wallace Pool on the University of Maine campus and run from Friday-Sunday.

The men's team, which won the team title last season, is lead by senior Chris McGuire, who was named the 2003 America East Conference Men's Outstanding Swimmer of the Year. He won the three events in last season's meet, including a conference-record performance in the 200-yard butterfly (1:49.16). This season, he will attempt to win titles in the 100 and 200-yard butterfly events as well as the 200 IM.

"Chris has the potential to win all of his events but he will have to get his personal-best times to do so," head coach Patrice Back said. "UMBC (which joined the conference during the off-season) has brought a lot of good swimmers into the conference but Chris has swam faster each year that he has been here."

Another returning individual champion for Binghamton is junior Robert Kaczynski, who captured the 200-yard breaststroke at last year's meet.

"Robert is a championship-level swimmer," Back said. "He will be will-rested heading into the meet this weekend."

On the women's side, senior Yun Qu is the top returner from a Binghamton squad that placed third at last season's meet. She won the 200-yard butterfly last season and helped the 400-yard freestyle relay to a first-place finish. At this season's conference meet, Qu will attempt to establish NCAA "B" cut times in both the 100 and 200-yard butterfly events. She has advanced to the NCAA Championship in each of the past two seasons.

"Yun will be very strong in the butterfly events," Back said. "We have rested her up for this weekend so she can go after the B cuts."

Trials begin Friday at 11 a.m. in the 500-yard Freestyle, 200-yard Individual Medley, 50-yard Freestyle, women's Three-Meter Diving, and men's One-Meter Diving. Championships, which begin at 6 p.m., will be decided in those events, as well as the 200-yard Freestyle Relay and the 400-yard Medley Relay.

Saturday's trials begin at 11 a.m. in the 400-yard Individual Medley, 100-yard Butterfly, 200-yard Freestyle, 100-yard Breaststroke, 100-yard Backstroke, and women's One-Meter Diving. Championships in those events, as well as the 200-yard Medley Relay and the 800-yard Freestyle Relay, will begin at 6 p.m.

Sunday's trials begin at 11 a.m. in the 200-yard Backstroke, 100-yard Freestyle, 200-yard Breaststroke, 200-yard Butterfly, 1650-yard Freestyle, and men's Three-Meter Diving. Championships begin at 5:30 p.m. in those events and the 400-yard Freestyle Relay.

Northeastern is the defending champion and favorite in the women's meet while UMBC is the favorite in the men's meet.

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