For Immediate Release: February 14, 2006
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Binghamton swimming & diving teams head to the America East Championships

VESTAL, 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 Kaan 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 (45.11).

"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."

Freshman Ryan Graham (Vestal, N.Y.) will look lead the Binghamton divers. He has consistently been the top diver on the squad throughout this season.

"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."

Freshman Katherine 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

FRIDAY, 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

SATURDAY, 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

SUNDAY, 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


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