Immediate Release: February 14, 2006
Contact: Thomas Moore II (firstname.lastname@example.org)
swimming & diving teams head to the America East Championships
N.Y.--The Binghamton swimming & diving teams will head to
Boston, Mass. this weekend for the 16th annual America East Swimming
& Diving Championships. The meet will be held at the Fitness
& Recreation Center on the campus of the Boston University
for a four-day event, Feb. 16-19.
"The men are looking for a great fight at the America East
Championship," head coach Patrice Back said. "We took
down UMBC and Stony Brook in dual meets earlier this season.
With the scoring system being different in the championship than
in dual meets and depth playing into the points total, it will
be much more difficult to take down those two teams. The team
is swimming fast. They have a great attitude. They should be
able to pull out some best times."
The men's team, which took second last season, is led by sophomore
Tayla (Arkara, Turkey) who was named the Most Outstanding
Swimmer and Most Outstanding Rookie at the conference championship
last season. He won three individual events at last season's
meet, including a school-record performance at the time in the
200 free (1:40.84). He also won the 50 free (20.72) and 100 free
"One outcome we would like to see from Kaan is him making
an NCAA cut," Back said. "He is swimming faster this
year than last year after setting the bar very high. I think
making the NCAA cut would be a great reward for his work this
season and staying focused on his goals."
Another top swimmer this season for the men has been junior David
Holmes (Doncaster, England) who placed first in the 100 fly
(49.58) at last season's championship. He also placed in second
behind Tayla in the 50 free (20.93) and the 200 free (45.72).
"We are looking for three big individual wins from David
as well as Kaan," Back said. "That would stack up some
more points for us. They are also pretty deadly combination on
our relays as well as having Brian (Koizim) and Brenno (Varanda)
in the medleys. We have some good depth in the freestyle relays
that we should be able to mix up. I am looking to rewrite our
record board with the efforts from the whole group."
Graham (Vestal, N.Y.) will look lead the Binghamton divers.
He has consistently been the top diver on the squad throughout
"Ryan will come in as our top diver," Back said. "He
has certainly improved over the season and stepped up the difficulty
of his dives. He knows what competition is out there and what
he needs to do to be in the top in his events. He is very much
a championship diver."
On the women's side, freshman Aleksandra
Grubic (Split, Croatia) will look to be the top swimmer from
a Binghamton squad that placed seventh at last season's meet.
Grubic's top time in the 100 free ranked fourth in the conference
and her top time in the 50 free and 200 free is in the top-10
in the conference.
"Alex is coming into a completely different swimming arena
coming from short course meters to short course yards,"
Back said. "She is going to have some outstanding competition
in the freestyle events. We are hoping that will push her past
the times we thought she could go when we recruited her."
Hassfurter (Horseheads, N.Y.) will look to be the top diver
for the Bearcats on the women's side.
"Katherine has done a lot of learning as a freshman,"
Back said. "I think if she stays focused on herself she
will do well at the championship. She has a strong list and just
needs to be confident and aggressive to stack up against the
more experienced girls in the conference."
New Hampshire is the defending champion in the women's meet while
UMBC is the favorite and defending champion in the men's meet.
"The women are in a tough position this year," Back
said. "The top teams are a notch above us. We are going
to be fighting Vermont and Boston University to see where we
fall. I know the women have already looked at their individual
goals and have already surpassed a lot of our expectations this
year and look to continue along that line."
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2006 (Diving 5 p.m. | Relays 6 p.m.)
1 One-Meter Diving (Prelim) - Men
2 800 Freestyle Relay - Women
3 800 Freestyle Relay - Men
1 One-Meter Diving (Final) - Men
4 200 Medley Relay - Women
5 200 Medley Relay - Men
FEBRUARY 17, 2006 (Prelims 10 a.m. | Finals 6 p.m.)
6 500 Freestyle - Women
7 500 Freestyle - Men
8 200 Individual Medley - Women
9 200 Individual Medley - Men
10 50 Freestyle - Women
11 50 Freestyle - Men
12 Three-Meter Diving (Final) - Women
13 200 Freestyle Relay - Women
14 200 Freestyle Relay - Men
FEBRUARY 18, 2006 (Prelims 10 a.m. | Finals 6 p.m.)
15 400 Individual Medley - Women
16 400 Individual Medley - Men
17 100 Butterfly - Women
18 100 Butterfly - Men
19 200 Freestyle - Women
20 200 Freestyle - Men
21 100 Breaststroke - Women
22 100 Breaststroke - Men
23 100 Backstroke - Women
24 100 Backstroke - Men
25 Three-Meter Diving (Final) - Men
26 400 Medley Relay - Women
27 400 Medley Relay - Men
FEBRUARY 19, 2006 (Prelims 10 a.m. | Finals 5:30 p.m.)
28 1650 Freestyle - Women
29 1650 Freestyle - Men
30 200 Backstroke - Women
31 200 Backstroke - Men
32 100 Freestyle - Women
33 100 Freestyle - Men
34 200 Breaststroke - Women
35 200 Breaststroke - Men
36 200 Butterfly - Women
37 200 Butterfly - Men
38 One-Meter Diving (Final) - Women
39 400 Freestyle - Women
40 400 Freestyle - Men