For Immediate Release: Janaury 14, 2006
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Binghamton swimming and diving teams return to action with split against Drexel

Meet Results

VESTAL, N.Y.--Juniors David Holmes (Doncaster, England) and Brian Koizim (White Plains, N.Y.) and freshmen Brenno Varanda (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and freshman Aleksandra Grubic (Split, Croatia) all won two individual events, leading the Binghamton swimming & diving teams to a split against Drexel in their first dual meet of 2006. The men (6-1) won 137-99 while the women (1-6) fell short 136-104.

"Drexel is a strong school in the Atlantic 10 conference so this was a good way for us to start the new year," head coach Patrice Back said. "We had a very tough week of training in Florida and I knew our teams would be tired. Still, they went out and responded well."

Holmes broke the pool record in the 500 free, with a time of 4:38.01. The old mark was 4:40.42. Earlier in the meet, Holmes won the 50 free (21.52). Koizim was victorious in the 200 IM (1:58.72) and the 200 back (1:56.13) while Varanda captured the 1000 free (10:03.68) and the 200 IM (1:58.72).

"We needed several first-place finishes to win the men's meet," Back said. "Those people we were counting did great today, especially David in breaking that pool record."

Grubic, meanwhile, began her day by anchoring the 400 medley relay team to a winning time of 4:12.15. She then went on to capture the 50 and 100 with times of 25.93 and 55.98 respectively

"Alexandria really set the tone for us in the women's meet today," Back said. "We were closer against Drexel than we thought we'd be, considering that they have several top swimmers. We were counting on a lot of second and third-place finishes to keep close."

Other winners on the men's side were sophomore Kaan Tayla (Ankara, Turkey), who won the 200 free (1:44.31), and junior Trevor Stone (Windsor, N.Y.), who touched first in the 200 fly (2:02.92). On the women's side, senior Nicole Fulgeri (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) won the 200 back (2:17.43) and freshman Katherine Hassfurter (Horseheads, N.Y.) won the three-meter diving competition (212.03).

The Bearcats head to Lafayette on Wednesday for a 2 p.m. meet.

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