swim team captures America East Championship
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.
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