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Swim teams split with Colgate
Men win 123-120 in exciting finish while women fall 137-104

HAMILTON, N.Y.--In the final event of the men's swim meet, the 400 freestyle relay, junior Chris McGuire (Essex, England) anchored Binghamton's (8-6) top relay to a narrow first-place finish, winning the points needed to pull out a 123-120 victory over Colgate. On the women's side, Binghamton (10-4) had five individual first-place finishes, but lost 137-104.

The Bearcats entered the final relay trailing the Raiders 114-112. However, the relay team of Dan Holmberg, Magnus Lofgren, Aytac Gurbuz, and McGuire crossed the finish line in 3:11.80, just 0.41 seconds ahead of Colgate's top relay, to get 11 points. Colgate recorded second- and third-place finishes to pick up a total of six points, but Binghamton's first-place finish was the difference.

Binghamton had three double winners in indivdual races. Lofgren captured the 1000 free (10:01.19) and the 500 free (4:48.98), while McGuire won the 200 free (1:45.26) and the 200 fly (1:53.35) to remain undefeated in dual competition this season. Finally, freshman Robert Kaczynski (Tychy, Poland) captured the 200 IM with a time of 1:59.01, finishing better than two seconds ahead of the field. He also won the 200 breast in 2:11.91, finishing better than three seconds ahead of Colgate's top finisher. Senior Aytac Gurbuz (Istanbul, Turkey) was a winner in the 100 free, finishing in 48.16.

On the women's side, the Bearcats had five individuals with first-place times. Sophomore Huijue Cai (Shanghai, China) won the 500 free (5:19.72). In the 100 free, she swam the butterfly and finished third with a time of 54.69, lowered her "B" cut tim. Gemma Bowsher captured the 1000 freestyle with a time of 10:42.58, beating the field by 18 seconds. Junior Yun Qu (Hangzhou, China) set a pool record in the 200 fly, touching in 2:04.74, more than seven seconds ahead of the field. Sophomore Laura Linek (Canandaigua, N.Y.) won the 100 free (52.83), and Hannah Clegg (Hampshire, England) took the 200 back (2:06.64).

Both the men's and women's teams will be off until February 14, when they will swim in the two-day America East Championship meet at Maine.
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