For Immediate Release: January 11, 2008
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Swimming and Diving splits dual meet against Buffalo

Bearcat men victorious in return from semester break


VESTAL, N.Y. -- The Binghamton swimming and diving teams split a dual meet with Buffalo on Friday afternoon at the Patricia A. Saunders Aquatic Center. In its first action of 2008, the BU men's team cruised to a 144-98 victory, while the women's team dropped a 140-99 decision.

"I was really pleased with the way my men responded," said head swim coach Sean Clark. "It was a very well-balanced competition. We started strong and finished strong, but in the middle Buffalo proved tough, taking six straight events. Our depth really sealed the deal and was the difference today."

Junior Brenno Varanda (St. Petersburg, Fla.) won a pair of races taking the 200-IM in 1:56.65 and the 200-breast in 2:08.03.

Varanda was also part of the winning 400-medley relay team along with sophomore Philip Dzieniszewski (Bayside, N.Y.) and freshmen Jason Chen (Livingston, N.J.) and Kevin Kearney (Latham, N.Y.). He now has a team-high 15 victories on the season.

In his first competition of the season, Dzieniszewski added a victory in the 50-free in 21.97. Junior Brian Koralewski (Floral Park, N.Y.) had a come-from-behind victory in the 100-free in 1:49.32. The Bearcats also added a victory with a 1-2 finish in the 400-free relay event.

On the women's side, freshman Brittany Detlef (Rochester, N.Y.) was the lone individual event winner. Detlef recorded her fourth win of the season capturing the 200-fly in 2:12.43.

"I thought our women swam well," said Clark. "Buffalo is a very strong team. There were a lot of positives out of the girls' performance today."

The Bearcats also received runner-up performances from
sophomore Allyce Brand (Highland Park, Ill.) in the 200-IM (2:20.66), as well as freshmen Christina Aiello (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) in the 200-back (2:20.98) and Nicole Sheridan (Garden City, N.Y.) in the 200-breast (2:33.75).

"We are definitely tired," said Clark. "We just got back this morning from our semester training trip so I am definitely looking forward to seeing how we respond tomorrow.

The BU swimming and diving teams are right back in action on Saturday afternoon as the Bearcats host Drexel University at 1 p.m.
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