Immediate Release: November 18, 2007
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Varanda paces Swimming & Diving at Bucknell Invitational
junior finishes weekend with four individual victories
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).
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
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
"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."
Bearcats return to action on Saturday, December 1, when they
head to Ithaca for a dual meet with Cornell beginning at 11 a.m.