Men's swim team captures America East Championship
DeMotte named Coach of Year; McGuire honored as top swimmer
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ORONO, Maine - The Binghamton men's swimming and diving team capped its 2002-03 season in spectacular fashion on Sunday, winning the America East Championship in Maine's Stanley M. Wallace Pool. Led by the meet's Most Outstanding Swimmer Chris McGuire (Essex, England), the men's swim team totalled 771 points to outdistance Boston (678) and the rest of the six-team field.

In the middle of the University's second year as a Division I program, head coach Benji DeMotte's squad becomes the first Binghamton team to win a Division I conference title. DeMotte was named Coach of the Year on the men's side. His women also enjoyed an outstanding championship, placing third out of seven teams - an improvement of two spots from a year ago.

"This is unbelievable," DeMotte said of the men's title. "These guys swam out of their minds. This was a season where the athletes did everything right and this is how it's supposed to end. It's nice to have it finish up like it should. We're very proud to be the first Binghamton team to win a conference title at the Division I level."

McGuire, a junior who went through the entire dual meet season unbeaten, won all three of his individual events, and swam a leg on three more winning relays. The Essex, England native has not been defeated in any event in back-to-back America East Championships.

"I can't believe what Chris continues to do in the pool," DeMotte said. "He just gets faster and faster. His 200 fly time was two seconds better than he's ever gone, which is mind-boggling."

McGuire led a 1-2-3 BU sweep in the 400 IM on Saturday, a rare feat that gave the Bearcats 53 team points and helped propel them into the lead over day 1 leader Boston. His winning 200 fly time of 1:49.16 broke the conference mark, and lowered his own school record. McGuire also won the 200 IM (1:52.63) and swam on the first-place 200 and 400 medley and the 800 free relays.

Also shining for the men were senior Magnus Lofgren (Umea, Sweden) and sophomore Robert Kaczynski (Tychy, Poland). Lofgren won the 200, 500 and 1650 free events, and also swam a leg on the 800 free relay. His time in the 1650 (16:20.15) was 25 seconds ahead of the field. Kaczynski won the 200 breaststroke, and swam a leg on all three winning relays.

Top Performances
Chris McGuire
1st 200 IM (1:52.63)
1st 400 IM (4:09.08)
1st 200 fly (1:49.16) Conference Record
1st 200 medley relay (1:36.24)
1st 400 medley relay (3:29.92)
1st 800 free relay (6:59.05)

Robert Kaczynski
1st 200 breast (2:04.84)
1st 200 medley relay (1:36.24)
1st 400 medley relay (3:29.92)
1st 800 free relay (6:59.05)
2nd 200 IM (1:54.15)
2nd 100 breast (57.47)

Magnus Lofgren
1st 200 free (1:43.10)
1st 500 free (4:39.15)
1st 1650 free (16:20.15)
1st 800 free relay (6:59.05)

Wael Dowidar
1st 200 medley relay (1:36.24)
1st 400 medley relay (3:29.92)
8th 100 fly (53.28)

Axel Hellstrom
2nd 400 IM (4:12.44)
5th 500 free (4:48.90)

Dan Holmberg
1st 200 medley relay (1:36.24)
5th 50 free (21.86)
5th 100 fly (52.48)

Wade Rimbach
1st 800 free relay (6:59.05)
1st 400 medley relay (3:29.92)
3rd 400 IM (4:18.84)
5th 200 IM (2:00.27)
7th 200 IM (2:01.04)

Greg Bello
5th 100 back (55.36)

Aytac Gurbuz
7th 200 free (1:48.02)
7th 50 free (22.15)

Kevin Kozlowski
8th 200 free (1:49.83)

Chris Konko
7th 100 breast (1:03.41)

Jim Fahlbusch
7th 100 fly (53.20)


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