For Immediate Release: December 1, 2007
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Swimming & Diving drops dual meet at Cornell

Varanda wins two events to highlight Bearcat efforts

Women's Results (HTML)
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ITHACA, N.Y. -- Host Cornell won 25 of 32 events en route to a dual meet sweep over the Binghamton swimming and diving squads on Saturday afternoon at Teagle Pool. The Big Red men were victorious by a 175-114 margin, while the women came out on top by a score of 211-87.

"We ran up against a very strong program in Cornell," said head swim coach Sean Clark. "Their speed and depth were the story of the meet. We just completed our toughest week of training on the season and I was impressed with how the team responded to swimming a little bit tired. We look pretty good headed into the last meet of the semester on Saturday."

Junior Brenno Varanda (St. Petersburg, Fla.) recorded a pair of individual wins to pace the men's efforts. Varanda won the 200-IM in 1:57.54 and the 200-Breast in 2:09.00 and was runner-up in the 400-IM in 4:07.98. He now has a Bearcat-high 12 individual victories.

"Brenno was our standout swimmer today," said Clark. "He had a tough day after a tough week and he responded like a champion. He posted some great times for a dual meet."

Andrew Palumbo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) notched the first individual win of the afternoon for BU and his fifth on the season, taking first in the 100-Breast in 1:00.37. Palumbo later secured a 1-2 BU finish in the 200-IM, finishing behind Varanda in second place in 2:03.31.

Freshman Jason Chen (Livingston, N.J.) was second in the 100-Back in a time of 53.81 and took third in the 100-Free in 48.15.

The Bearcats received third-place performances from seniors
Joe Rogan (Ithaca, N.Y.), Dylan Hobe (New Windsor, N.Y.), and Jason Lapp (Linwood, N.Y.), as well as junior Brian Koralewski (Floral Park, N.Y.), and sophomore Cole Courtemanche (Gardner, Mass.).

Rogan in the 50-Free in 22.28, Hobe in the 100-Breast in 1:01.23,
Lapp in the 200-Fly in 2:00.91, Koralewski in the 200-Free in 1:47.31, and Courtemanche in the 500-Free in 5:03.25.

On the women's side, freshman
Brittany Detlef (Rochester, N.Y.) and junior Mel Gelfand (Syosset, N.Y.) were both individual winners.

"It was a
solid day of swimming for our women," said Clark. "We had five women do lifetime best times and we are very proud of that."

won the 200-IM in 2:16.49 and finished in third in the 100-Back in 1:01.37. Behind Detlef, junior Heather Jennings (Ridge, N.Y.) touched in second place in the 200-IM in 2:18.94. Jennings also scored for the Bearcats in the 100-Free, taking fourth in 58.69.

Gelfand notched her first individual win of the season, winning the three-meter dive with 216.67 points. Classmate Kate Hassfurter (Horseheads, N.Y.) added a runnerup-finish in the one-meter event with 201.66 points.

Also adding runner-up finishes for the Bearcat women were
senior Nicole Sweeney (Commack, N.Y.) and sophomore Rita Brodfuehrer (Syracuse, N.Y.). Sweeney was the runner-up in the 500-Free in 5:30.56, while Brodfuehrer followed suit in the 100-Fly in 1:02.24.
Sophomore Allyce Brand (Highland Park, Ill.) added a third-place finish in the 50-Free in 25.51, and a fourth-place effort in the 200-Free in 2:02.62.

Freshmen Lyndsi Worthington (Leawood, Kan.) and Jordyn Kline (Amsterdam, N.Y.) both posted third-place swims. Worthington in the 200-Back in 2:14.78 and Kline in the 1,000-Free in 11:22.76.

The Bearcats wrap up the 2007 portion of their schedule when Niagara visits the Patricia A. Saunders Aquatic Center for a dual meet on Saturday, December 8 at 1 p.m.
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