For Immediate Release: December 2, 2006
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (
Phone: 607-777-2956

Swimming and Diving swept by visiting Cornell

Final Meet Results

VESTAL, N.Y. - The Binghamton men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams fell to Cornell on Saturday afternoon in their final meet of the semester at the Patricia A. Saunders Aquatic Center. The Bearcat men (2-2) were bested by a very strong Big Red contingent, 175-122, while the women (1-4) lost by a score of 191-108.

"We swam with class," head coach Sean Clark said. "I liked the way we attacked the water. Cornell's program is a bit ahead of ours, but we stood up and really pushed them to swim faster."

Sophomore Brenno Varanda (St. Petersburg, Fla.) paced the men's efforts, touching first in both the 100-yard (1:00.44) and 200-yard (2:09.44) breaststroke events.

Seniors David Holmes (Doncaster, England) and Brian Koizim (White Plains, N.Y.) also recorded individual victories for the Bearcats. Holmes won the 100-yard butterfly in 51.72 while Koizim touched first in the 100-yard backstroke clocking in at 51.74. Holmes also set a team record in the 1,000-yard freestyle finishing in second, just two-tenths of a second off the lead with a time of 9:35.48.

On the women's side, BU swept both diving events as freshman Anne Malvasi (Liverpool, N.Y.) took top honors in the 1-meter dive with an ECAC qualifying score of 239.18 and sophomore Katherine Hassfurter (Horseheads, N.Y.) won the three-meter dive with 238.05 points.

Sophomore Aleksandra Grubic (Split, Croatia) captured the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 1:03.63 while Nicole Sweeney (Commack, N.Y.) clocked in at 11:16.28 in the 1000-yard freestyle for a second-place finish.

The teams are now off until January 13 when they head to Drexel for a 2 p.m. dual meet.

Notes: Over 50 BU swimming and diving alumni were in the stands cheering on the Bearcats as part of the program's alumni weekend festivities...BU established 10 individual personal best times on the afternoon (Men: 7, Women: 3)...Cornell's men are now a perfect 6-0 on the season.

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