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For Immediate Release: November 18, 2006
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (sports@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-2956

BU swimming and diving competes at Bucknell Invitational
Men currently sit atop strong five-team contingent; women in fifth after Day 1

Day 1 Team Scores (PDF)
Meet Results

LEWISBURG, Pa.-- Behind a pair of individual freestyle victories from senior David Holmes (Doncaster, England), the men's swimming and diving team leads a five-team contingent at the Bucknell Trials and Finals Invitational after the first day of competition on Saturday at the Kinney Natatorium. The women currently are in fifth place.

Holmes captured both the 50-yard (20.55) and 200-yard (1:36.95) freestyle events highlighting a stellar performance on the men's side. In the 200, he touched a full five seconds ahead of his closest opponent, meeting the NCAA 'B' cut and setting a new school record in the process.

"It was just a tremendous day overall on both sides," head coach Sean Clark said. "We had a number of excellent swims today. I couldn't be more pleased with the way things are going."

The men got off to a fast start in the 200 free relay. The men's team of Holmes, senior Brian Koizim (White Plains, N.Y.), sophomore Brian Koralewski (Floral Park, N.Y.), and freshman Philip Dzieniszewski (Bayside, N.Y.) took first place clocking in at 1:24.48.

Koizim paced the field in the 200 IM (1:53.44) with sophomore Brenno Varanda (St. Petersburg, Fla.) following close behind in fourth (1:56.21).

The Bearcats received a pair of third-place efforts from senior Trevor Stone (Windsor, N.Y.) in the 200 fly (1:55.22) and sophomore Sean Lorenz (Norwich, N.Y) in the 100 backstroke (53.15).

In the one-meter board dive, sophomore Ryan Graham (Vestal, N.Y.) finished in second (243.85) while junior Matt Russo (Manhattan, N.Y.) took fifth (212.50).

BU capped off an impressive afternoon by completing a sweep of the relay events, as the quartet of Holmes, Koizim, Stone and Varanda coasted to victory in the 400 medley (3:24.37).

When all was said and done, the Bearcats had established eight individual personal best times and had captured seven of the ten total events on the men's side. Heading into the second day of competition Sunday, BU has 435 points to lead host Bucknell (400), Old Dominion (338), Towson (304) and Rider (250).

On the women's side, BU received nine individual personal best performances, highlighted by freshman Allyce Brand's (Highland Park, Ill.) seventh place finish in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.73).

Sophomore Aleksandra Grubic (Split, Croatia) was a double consolation finalist in the 50-yard (25.19) and 200-yard freestyle (1:58.67) with 10th and 14th place finishes, respectively. Freshman Lindsay Wright (Johnson City, N.Y.) took ninth 50-yard freestyle (25.13).

On the boards, sophomore Katherine Hassfurter (Horseheads, N.Y.) took third place honors in the one-meter dive (216.70).

Both teams return poolside for a full day of competition on Sunday, with the trials slated to begin at 10 a.m. and the finals at 5 p.m.

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