For Immediate Release: January 24, 2009
Contact: Ian Milne (
Phone: 607-777-6800

Swimming and Diving split meet against Colgate
The men win ten events with seven different student-athletes

[full results...]

HAMILTON, N.Y. -- Senior Brenno Varanda and freshman Nolan Slesnick each won two events to lead Binghamton over host Colgate on Saturday afternoon. The men won their third meet in a row with a 158-136 win, while the women dropped a 82-216 decision.

For the men, Varanda won the 1650 free (16:29.01) and the 400 IM (4:05.68), while Slesnick placed first in the 200 free (1:45.96) and the 500 free (4:45.90). Senior Sean Lorenz took the 100 back (54.09), while junior Philip Dzieniszewski touched first in the 100 breast (1:01.02). Also placing first for the Bearcats were freshman Joe Perez-Rogers in the 200 back (1:56.96), and senior Andrew Palumbo in the 200 breast (2:10.10).

"Colgate definitely made it interesting on the mens side...We had some strong performances coming down the line," Clark remarked after the meet. "I think the seniors are leaving the team in pretty good hands with the younger crew."

The women were led by freshman Margaret Rakoczy with her first collegiate victory in the 1650 free with a time of 18:33.62. She was followed up by sophomore Amanda Ciccone placing third in the 100 breast (1:09.95) and the 500 free (5:16.02). Freshman Tricia Alejandro third place 100 back (1:02.34), while junior Allyce Brand touched third in the 100 fly (1:02.77). Junior Stephanie Gomez also place third in the 400 IM (4:53.67).

On the boards, senior Ryan Graham won the one-meter (256.57) and the three-meter board (307.58). Freshman Jenna Easton won the one-meter board with a score of 206.54, and placed second on the three-meter (201.67).

The Bearcats travel to take on America East rival Stony Brook next Saturday, January 31st at 2 p.m.

Check out video highlights of last weeks meet against St. Bonaventure here.

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