Immediate Release: June 6, 2011
Clark and his staff of assistant coach Yun Qu and diving coach R.J. Rappe, the 2011 America East men's and women's Co-Coaching Staff of the Year, named men's and women's most valuable performers (MVP), most improved swimmers, hard to outdo (H20) candidates and a most valuable and improved diver. All award winners and captains were honored based on a team vote, except the coaches award.
Senior Jason Chen was named the men's team MVP, while the women had Co-MVP's as senior and three-time team MVP Amanda Ciccone and sophomore Tiffany Siu were honored. Ciccone won the 100 fly at the 2011 America East Championships, as Siu took the gold in the 200 fly.
The most improved swimmers were sophomore Mark Cereste for the men and classmates Olivia Baczek and Lauri Crimmins on the women's side. The most valuable and improved diver went to a pair of sophomore men as Anthony Foiles won the most valuable diver award and Justin Mattison was named most improved. Both had a pair of finalist performances at the 2011 AE Championships. Foiles finished third on the three-meter board and fifth in the meter dive, while Mattison took fourth in the meter dive and eighth on the three meter board.
The H20 (hard-to-outdo) coaches award went to senior and four-year letterwinner Danielle Gallo for the women and freshman Kees Noach for the men. The H20 award recognizes the individual who displays dedication, determination, and the total team spirit on a daily basis.
The men's captains for the 2011-12 season will be the senior duo of Nolan Slesnick and Dan Feeley. Slesnick, the defending champion in the 400 IM, is a three-year letterwinner and a three-time America East champion and all-conference performer. Feeley, also a three-year letterwinner, had a pair of finalist performances at the 2011 AE Championships, finishing sixth in the 200 free and eighth in the 500 free. He is also a two-time America East All-Academic Team selection.
The program named a trio of seniors as the women's team captains. Returning seniors Jenna Easton, Kylie Cremer and Maria Mazzoni will lead the Bearcats in 2011-12. The group will lead a Bearcat squad that finished its second consecutive winning dual meet season and its first top-five placing at the America East Championships since 2004.
The Binghamton swimming and diving program had one of its best seasons in and out of the pool in 2010-11. The Bearcats had four gold medal winners at the America East Championships, as well as eight all-conference performers. Senior Amanda Ciccone and junior Joe Perez-Rogers were named America East Scholar Athletes, while the program placed five individuals on the all-academic team to lead the conference. Binghamton became the first school to sweep both the Coaching Staff of the Year and Scholar Athlete honors in America East history.
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