For Immediate Release: February 24, 2006
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Binghamton competes in Day One of ECAC Championships
Binghamton men's swimmers in first place after first day of competition; women stand in ninth

Complete Results

PITTSBURGH, Pa.--Binghamton University junior David Holmes (Doncaster, England) won the 500 free in 4:24.96, meeting the NCAA "B" provisional mark of 4:27.41 as members of the Binghamton men's and women's swim teams competed in the first day of competition at the ECAC Championship on Friday. The meet is being hosted by the University of Pittsburgh at Trees Pool. A full day of competition is on the slate for Saturday and Sunday, with competition starting both days at 10 a.m.

On Friday, the men scored a total of 152 points and are in first place among 16 teams. The team placed first in four of the seven men's events on the first day of the competition.

Holmes shaved almost nine seconds off Chris McGuire's school record set in 2004 of 4:33.81 in the 500 free. Holmes was less than nine tenths of a second off the ECAC record. Sophomore Kaan Tayla (Ankara, Turkey) captured the 50 free in 20.11, breaking his ECAC record from last season of 20.16.

The two men's relays teams won their events as well. In the 200 free relay, Tayla, freshman Brian Koralewski (Floral Park, N.Y.), junior Brian Koizim (White Plains, N.Y.) and Holmes set a school record with a time of 1:23.11, breaking the school record set last weekend in the America East Championship. The relay team was less than a tenth of a second off the ECAC record. In the 400 medley relay, Koizim, freshman Andrew Palumbo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.), Holmes and Tayla won the event in come-from-behind fashion. They finished in 3:24.30, just under a one-half a second ahead of the Rider relay team, who halfway through the relay was ahead of them by over three seconds.

On the women's side, freshman Katherine Hassfurter (Horseheads, N.Y.) placed seventh (181.30) in the three-meter dive. The women stand in 9th place with 50 points.


Event 1 - Women 3 mtr Diving
Katherine Hassfurter - 7th of 8 (181.30)

Event 2 - Women 200 Free Relay
Binghamton - 10th of 11 (1:43.71)
Aleksandra Grubic, Christine Carroll, Nicole Fulgieri, Eden Payabyab

Event 3 - Men 200 Free Relay
Binghamton - 1st of 13 (1:23.11) SR
Kaan Tayla, Brian Koralewski, Brian Koizim, David Holmes

Event 5 - Men 500 Free
David Holmes - 1st of 16 (4:24.96) SR, NCAA 'B' cut

Event 8 - Women 50 Free

Eden Payabyab - 15th of 16 (25.27)

Event 9 - Men 50 Free
Kaan Tayla - 1st of 16 (20.11) ECAC Record
Brian Koizim - 11th of 16 (21.47)

Event 10 - Men 3 mtr Diving
Ryan Graham - 4th of 8 (248.45)
Matthew Russo - 8th of 8 (189.15)

Event 11 - Women 400 Medley Relay
Binghamton - 9th of 11 (4:07.96)
Nicole Fulgieri, Christine Carroll, Eden Payabyab, Aleksandra Grubic

Event 12 - Men 400 Medley Relay
Binghamton - 1st of 11 (3:24.30)
Brian Koizim, Andrew Palumbo, David Holmes, Kaan Tayla


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