For Immediate Release: November 18, 2007
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Varanda paces Swimming & Diving at Bucknell Invitational
Bearcat junior finishes weekend with four individual victories

Day One Results
Day Two Results

LEWISBURG, Pa.-- Junior Brenno Varanda (St. Petersburg, Fla.) made it a perfect 4-for-4, claiming his third and fourth individual wins of the weekend on Sunday as the Bearcat men wrapped up competition at the two-day Bucknell Trials/Finals Invitational on Sunday.

Varanda captured both the 400-IM in 4:03.16 and the 200-Breast in 2:06.48 highlighting the Bearcat men's efforts on the weekend. On Saturday, he won the 100-Breast in 58.35 and 200-IM in 1:53.64. Varanda now leads the Bearcat men with 10 individual wins on the season. His times in the 200- and 400-IM and the 100- and 200-breast are the fastest of all America East swimmers thus far this season.

"It was a great competition in a fast pool," said head swim coach Sean Clark. "We came into the weekend wanting to prove that we could be prepared for a championship format and when February comes around and we'll look back on this positive experience here and use it to our advantage."

The Bearcats took third out of the four squads who competed in the weekend's action. With 763 points, the men finished ahead of TCNJ (289 points), while coming in behind Towson (1062) and host Bucknell (857.5).

Senior Matt Russo (Manhattan, N.Y.) also was an individual winner for the Bearcats, claiming the three-meter dive with 252.50 points.

"Matt really stepped up and showed that he can get the job done, said Clark."

Sophomore Brian Jacobs (Bloomingburg, N.Y.) added a runner-up finish in the 500-free in 4:44.76

Freshman Jason Chen (Livingston, N.J.) was a finalist in a pair of events, finishing fifth in the 200-Back in 1:57.46 and eighth in the 100-Free in 49.02.

Other finalists for the BU men included junior Brian Koralewski (Floral Park, N.Y.) and freshman Matt McCort (Commack, N.Y.) posting fifth-place performances in the 100-Free in 48.55
and the 100-Fly in 53.33, respectively.

Senior Dylan Hobe (New Windsor, N.Y.) and sophomore Cole Courtemanche (Gardner, Mass.) each added sixth-place finishes. Hobe took sixth in the 200-Breast in 2:14.67, while Courtemanche followed suit in the 500-Free in 4:48.65.

On the women's side, Binghamton totaled 289 points, finishing ahead of TCNJ (109), and trailing Towson (1294), James Madison (841), and Bucknell (722).

Divers Kristin Maney (New Paltz, N.Y.) and Mel Gelfand (Syosset, N.Y.) were the women's top finishers, taking fifth and sixth place in the tree-meter event with 204.85 and 189.10 points, respectively.

The Bearcat freshman trio of Lyndsi Worthington (Leawood, Kan.),
Brittany Detlef (Rochester, N.Y.) and Danielle Gallo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) all were consolation finalists as well.

Worthington took 13th in the 200-Back in 2:13.22, Detlef was 13th in the 100-Fly in 1:00.26, while Gallo was 14th in the 200-Breast in 2:32.23.

"The women swam with some intensity," said Clark. "Fourteen different swimmers combined to post a total of 31 lifetime best times, so we are feeling pretty confident moving forward."

The Bearcats return to action on Saturday, December 1, when they head to Ithaca for a dual meet with Cornell beginning at 11 a.m.

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