For Immediate Release: Janaury 21, 2006
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Binghamton swimming and diving teams swept by St. Bonaventure

Meet Results

VESTAL, N.Y.-- Binghamton junior David Holmes (Doncaster, England) broke three pool records but the Binghamton swimming & diving teams were swept by St. Bonaventure in dual meet on Saturday afternoon at Patricia A. Saunders Aquatic Center. The men (7-2) suffered their second loss of the season, losing 146-97 while the women (1-8) were defeated 193.5-48.5.

On the men's side, Holmes broke the pool record in the 50 free with a time of 21.05 eclipsing the record of 21.20 set by current teammate sophomore Kaan Tayla (Ankara, Turkey) last season. Holmes later swam the 200 fly in 1:52.05, breaking the pool record of 1:52.16 set in 2003 by Chris McGuire. In the 400 free relay, Holmes swam the first leg in 46.00, capturing the pool record in the 100 free, the previous record of 46.30 was set by Louis Petto of New Paltz in 1994. Freshman Ryan Graham (Vestal, N.Y.) swept the one and three-meter diving events with scores of 233.10 and 286.20 respectively. Freshman Brenno Varanda (St. Petersburg, Fla.) was the other individual for the men, touching first in the 200 IM in 1:58.34.

"Basically I told the team to approach the meet to win each race," head coach Patrice Back said. "They came in, broke pool records and set best times. David's three pool records felt great. It was not planned, but it was the right day. His strokes were strong and smooth. It is nice to put new Binghamton names on the pool record board."

On the women's side, Freshman Katherine Hassfurter (Horseheads, N.Y.) was second in the one-meter dive with a score of 223.95. Freshman Aleksandra Grubic (Split, Croatia) placed second in the 50 free (25.64). Sophomore Nicole Sweeney (Commack, N.Y.) finished third in both the 500 free (5:32.84) and the 1000 free (11.21.69). Grubic and seniors Nicole Fulgeri (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) and Eden Payabyab (College Point, N.Y.) each touched third in an event. Grubic in the 100 free (55.15), Fulgieri in the 200 back (2:18.78), and Payabyab in the 200 free (2:03.34).

"The women had a tough challenge today," Back said. "We got strong swims from our seniors. This was backed up by some season best times by the rest of the team."

St. Bonaventure's Anneli Johnson won the 200 breast in 2.19.98, breaking the pool record of 2.21.10 set in 2003 by Lindsey M. Prather of UMBC.

"Next week we will start our focus on championships," Back said. "Colgate will be great opponent to prepare for that."

The Bearcats will host Colgate on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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