For Immediate Release: January 12, 2008
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Graham qualifies for NCAA Zones, Bearcats split with Drexel

Junior becomes first BU diver to qualify for NCAA Zones and breaks school record in men's dual meet win over visiting Dragons

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NCAA Zone Championship Information

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Junior Ryan Graham (Vestal, N.Y.) broke a 17-year old school record in the 1-meter diving event to become the first Bearcat to qualify for NCAA Zones highlighting the Binghamton swimming and diving squads split with visiting Drexel on Saturday at the Patricia A. Saunders Aquatic Center. The Bearcat men picked up a 145-96 victory, while the Dragons were victorious, 137-105.

In 1-meter dive, Graham broke the previous school record of 279.70 set in 1990 with a six-dive score of 318.07. His score surpassed the NCAA Zones qualifying score on the 1-meter (290) and will advance to the NCAA competition in March.

"Ryan has been working really hard and throwing out some new dives," said head coach Sean Clark. "Things are starting to look really good for him."

Led by junior Brenno Varanda's (St. Petersburg, Fla.) sweep of the 200-IM (2:07.47) and 200-breast (1:56.87) events, the Bearcat men won nine of 13 events en route to their third consecutive dual meet victory (3-4). Varanda now has a team-high 17 individual wins on the season.

In total, six different Bearcats were individual event winners.
Junior Sean Lorenz (Norwich, N.Y.) and sophomores Philip Dzieniszewski (Bayside, N.Y.) and Brian Jacobs (Bloomingburg, N.Y.) all notched victories for BU.

Lorenz won the 100-free in 49.11, Dzieniszewski took the 50-free in 21.77 and Jacobs had a first-place finish in the 1,000-free in 10:16.32. Freshman Jason Chen (Livingston, N.J.) also added a win in the 200-back in 2:07.47.

"This was our second meet in two days coming off our intense winter training trip," said Clark. "Our men responded with great pride to defend our home pool. We had some outstanding swims, but again it was our depth that really made the day for us. With six different winners it was a nice way to do it. We know that we can count on anyone at anytime."

On the women's side, the Bearcats improved upon last year's meeting, a 174-126 defeat in Philadelphia.

"Buffalo is a very strong team," said Clark. "We may not have won many events, but we kept it close with a number of second and third place finishes. There were a lot of positives out of the girls' performance today."

The Bearcats were led once again by standout freshman Brittany Detlef (Rochester, N.Y.). Detlef recorded her fifth win of the season capturing the 200-fly in 2:13.00 and also swam a leg on the squad's winning 400-free relay effort.

Joining Detlef in the relay win was juniors Heather Jennings (Ridge, N.Y.) and Amanda Decker (Rhinebeck, N.Y.) as well as sophomore Taryn Ferrara (Morristown, N.J.).

"I cannot be more proud of way we represented ourselves and supported each other under the rigors of our recent training," said Clark. "We get a well deserved day off tomorrow."

The BU swimming and diving teams are back in action on Wednesday when they visit Lafayette for a tri-meet in which America East opponent Stony Brook will also compete at.
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