For Immediate Release: January 18, 2009
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Swimming and Diving topple Drexel in strong team effort
Three swimmers win three events as the Bearcats dominate the water

PHILADELPHIA, P.A. -- Sophomore Amanda Ciccone, senior Brenno Varanda and sophomore Jason Chen each won three events to lead Binghamton over host Drexel on Sunday afternoon. The women picked up their first win of the year as they topped the Dragons 168-130, while the men picked up the 161-139 victory.

For the men, Chen showed off his versatility winning the 100 back (53.35), 200 back (1:55.85), and the 100 fly with a time of 1:51.84. At yesterdays meet, Chen won two different events, the 100 and 200 free. Varanda continued his strong push to the end of his senior season, also winning three events in dominant fashion. First, Varanda won the 100 breast (57.93), then the 200 breast (2:06.15) before setting a pool record in the 200 IM with a time of 63.86. Yesterday, Varanda set a new pool record at the Patricia A. Saunders Aquatic Center in the 100 breast.

"The guys swam great and we're pretty proud of what we've done to this point of the season," head coach Sean Clark commented after the meet. "We swam great today, we did what we hoped, it was nice to do it on the road."

The women produced a strong team effort, and had five different individual winners. Ciccone won the 200 free (1:57.94), the 100 free (55.03), as well as the 200 IM with a time of 2:13.33. Junior Allyce Brand won the 50 free (55.44 ), sophomore Danielle Gallo took home the 200 breast (2:32.05), and sophomore Brittany Detlef touched first in the 100 fly with a time of 1:01.65.

Junior Rita Brodfuehrer had the race of the day, posting a life-time best time while coming from behind to snag a victory in the 200 fly (2:14.92).

"We had a great day down here, it's the first time we've beat Drexel on the women's side since I've been part of the program," Clark remarked. "Our girls really rallied around each other and made things happen for each other."

The Bearcats travel to compete next Saturday, January 24th at noon, against Colgate.

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