For Immediate Release: November 22, 2003
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Bearcats compete at Cortland Invitational

Men defeat Cortland while women finish 3rd of 4 at two-day meet

Complete Results

CORTLAND, N.Y.--The men's swimming team won all 17 races and defeated Cortland 793-727 at the two-day Cortland Thanksgiving Invitational at Holsten Pool. On the women's side, the Bearcats finished third in the four-team event. Columbia won the meet with 848 points, and was followed by Wagner (473.5), Binghamton (406.5) and Cortland (303).

Individually for the men, senior Chris McGuire (Essex, England) and freshman Brian Koizim (White Plains, N.Y.) each were triple winners, while junior Robert Kaczynski (Tychy, Poland) and sophomore Dan Holmberg (Oxford, N.Y.) won two events apiece. Local product Trevor Stone (Windsor, N.Y.) also won his first collegiate race, taking the 200 fly with a time of 2:03.09.

"The men produced some really fast times," head coach Patrice Back said. "We put up some of our best in-season times in the meet. It was great for Trevor [Stone] to win his first race."

McGuire captured the 200 IM (1:57.78), the 100 fly (51.79) and the 200 free (1:45.44). He has now won 12 of 13 races this season and has been defeated just once in dual competition over the last two years. Koizim touched first in both the 100 and 200 back with times of 55.44 and 2:00.21, respectively. He also took the 1650 free with a time of 17:07.16.

For the women, junior Laura Linek (Canandaigua, N.Y.) and senior Yun Qu (Hangzhou, China) each set Cortland pool records. Linek won the 200 free in 1:56.01 and Qu captured the 200 fly with a time of 2:06.53. Linek also won the 100 free race with a time of 53.56 and Qu captured the 100 fly in 58.00 seconds. Freshman diver Shelley Wax (Dix Hills, N.Y.) won 1-meter diving competition with a score of 315.85.

"We were pushed by some strong competition," Back said. "The meet was a good opportunity for our swimmers to compete in some championship events. It gave us a good indicator of what to expect in the February championship events."

Binghamton has one meet remaining in the fall semester. Both the men's and women's teams will visit Cornell on Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m.

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