For Immediate Release: November 13, 2010
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BU swimming & diving sweeps Drexel on the road
Men earn first victory of early season, women move to 2-0


PHILADELPHIA, PA. -- The Binghamton swimming and diving program swam to a pair of victories Saturday. Both the men and women won their dual meet against host Drexel. The men won 168.5-129.5 while the women took the win by the score of 172.5-125.5. This marks the third straight season that Binghamton has swept Drexel.

"It was a fantastic performance all-around for our program today," head coach Sean Clark stated. "The contest really showed what kind of character we have, especially the women who clawed back after losing the first four event. The team really put the hammer down in the second session after a subpar performance in the first."

Both squads featured multiple-event winners with Jason Chen and Nolan Slesnick leading the way for the men. The trio of Amanda Ciccone, Danielle Gallo and Tiffany Siu spearheaded the women's attack.

The men got off to a fast start winning the first three events, beginning with the 200 medley relay. The foursome of Joe Perez-Rogers, Phil Dzieniszewski, Morgan Lloyd and David Gleason touched first with a time of 1:35.40. Slesnick and Chen then went on to win their first events of the meet. Slesnick took the 1000 free (9:54.08) and Chen won the 200 free (1:43.24).

Chen would go on to win two more races for the Bearcats while also swimming a leg on the first-place 400 free relay team. Chen touched first in the 100 free and fly with times of 47.24 and 51.36, respectively. Slesnick won the second distance event of the meet, taking the 500 free in a time of 4:50.35.

Other winners on the day for Binghamton were Josh Saccurato, Perez-Rogers and Gleason. Perez-Rogers, a junior, finished first in the 100 back with a time of 51.74. The sophomore, Gleason won the 200 back in a time of 1:55.67. Saccurato swam to victory in the 200 IM, finishing with time of 1:57.81.

Freshman John Pangal had a solid day as well finishing behind Slesnick in both distance events. Pangal touched second in the 500 and 1000 free with times of 4:54.52 and 10:01.89, respectively. Sophomore Anthony Foiles took home a pair of second place finishes on the one and three-meter boards.

The men closed out the meet the same way they started, by winning the final race. Gleason, Perez-Rogers, Chen and junior captain Dan Feely won the 400 free relay with a time of 3:10.13.

The women earned its first 2-0 start since the 2003-04 season thanks to solid performances all-around and their significant depth. Ciccone, Gallo and Siu all touched first in two events apiece.

Ciccone won the 50 free (24.13) and 100 fly (58.26) while swimming a leg on the first place 400 free relay team. Gallo swept the two breaststroke events, winning with times of 1:09.67 in the 100 and 2:29.62 in the 200. Siu touch first in the 100 free, helping Binghamton sweep the event. Caitlin Nelson and Lauri Crimmins followed behind Siu to give BU the one-two-three finish. Siu also won the 200 fly with a time of 2:06.53

Sophomore Olivia Baczek and senior Tricia Alejandro both had strong performances for Binghamton. Each swam to second-place finishes in two different races. Baczek finished second in the 100 and 200 back while Alejandro scored points in the 200 and 500 free.

On the boards for the Bearcats, junior Jenna Easton placed second in the one-meter dive. Senior Liz Esposito scored a second place finish on the three-meter board.

Binghamton will welcome Marist to the Patricia A. Saunder Aquatic Center on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 1 p.m.

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