Bearcats swept by St. Bonaventure

OLEAN, N.Y.--The Bearcats men's and women's swimming teams ran into the powerful Bonnies on Saturday afternoon, and were swept in a dual competition. The men (6-5) lost 158-81 while the women (8-3) were defeated 138-107.

On the women's side, sophomore Huijue Cai (Shanghai, China) was a triple winner, capturing the 100 and 200 freestyle events and anchoring the Bearcats winning 400 free relay. Cai's time in the final 100 yards of the relay was an astonishing 50.66 seconds. Her times in the 100 and 200 free were 52.52 and 1:53.55, respectively.

"Huijue showed some incredibly fast swimming in the final relay," said BU head coach Benji DeMotte. "her time was more than a second faster than any other 100 yard split time she has had this season, and it may have been the fastest 100 yard split in the conference this season."

Sophomore Hannah Clegg (Hampshire, England) also swam a leg on the winning relay and individually set a St. Bonaventure pool record in winning the 200 backstroke. Clegg's time in the backstroke was 2:05.71.

"For Hannah to set a pool record at a very strong swim school is terrific," DeMotte said. "We are very impressed with her time."

Gemma Bowsher swam in her first competition for Binghamton, and immediately made her mark by winning the 500 free and 1000 free. She finished nearly six seconds ahead of the field in the 1000 free with a time of 10:36.73, and won the 500 free with a time of 5:15.30.

"Gemma had a great debut for us today," DeMotte said. "We are looking forward to seeing good things from her the rest of the season."

On the men's side, junior Chris McGuire (Essex, England) won two individual events. McGuire captured the 200 IM with a time of 1:57.33, then returned just a few minutes later to win the 200 fly in 1:53.20. His time in the fly beat the field by better than 5 1/2 seconds.

"Chris was our highlight of the meet on the men's side," DeMotte said.

Senior Magnus Lofgren (Umea, Sweden) was the only other winner for Binghamton. Lofgren took the 1000 free with a time of 10:01.16, finishing just over a second ahead of a St. Bonaventure swimmer.

Both Binghamton swim teams return home on Wednesday afternoon for a 4 p.m. triangular meet with Lafayette and Delaware at the West Gym pool.

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