McGuire and Huijue Cai sweep 100 yard butterfly on second day
of ECAC Championship
Men are in eighth place, women are 14th in 26-team field
Day 1 Release
PITTSBURGH, Pa.--On the second day of competition at the ECAC Championship, sophomore Huijue Cai (Shanghai, China) and junior Chris McGuire (Essex, England) led a BU sweep in the 100 yard butterfly. Cai lowered her "B" cut provisional qualifying time for the NCAA Championship with a time of 54.62. She finished more than a second in front of the field and jumped three spots from her fourth-place standing following the preliminary time trials in the morning. McGuire, who was third in the preliminaries, touched in a new school-record 50.32 in the finals to hold off a swimmer from Yale by just three-tenths of a second.
Sophomore Robert Kaczynski (Tychy, Poland) led a 2-3 Binghamton finish in the 100 yard breaststroke, touching in 57.11. McGuire was just behind him in third place, with a time of 57.19. Junior Axel Hellstrom touched 13th in the 400 yard IM with a time of 4:13.08 and the men's 200 yard medley relay team of junior Greg Bello (Rochester, N.Y.), Kaczynski, senior James Fahlbusch (Centerport, N.Y.) and freshman Daniel Holmberg (Oxford, N.Y.) placed 13th with a time of 1:37.93.
In addition to Cai on the women's side, the 200 medley quartet of sophomore Hannah Clegg, junior Gemma Bowsher (Portsmouth, England), Cai and freshman Eden Payabayab (College Point, N.Y.) placed 12th, touching in 1:52.94. Individually, Clegg was fourth in the 100 back with a school-record time of 58.02 and Bowsher was ninth in the 400 IM (4:33.11). The Bearcats jumped two spots in the standings during the second day of competiton.
"Overall things have gone very well so far," head coach Benji DeMotte said. "Chris and Robert both swam under the America East conference record in the 100 breast, and we are looking forward to a good day tomorrow with some of our swimmers performing in their top events."
Through two days of competition, both Binghamton teams are well ahead of their position in the standings from last season. The men finished 18th and the women 21st in last year's championship. The final day of competition at Trees Pool begins Sunday at 10 a.m. with time trials, with the finals taking place in the evening.
Event 14 - Women 200 Medley Relay
Binghamton - 12th of 16 (1:52.94); 10 points
Hannah Clegg, Gemma Bowsher, Huijue Cai, Eden Payabayab
Event 15 - Men 200 Medley Relay
Binghamton - 13th of 15 (1:37.93); 8 points
Greg Bello, Robert Kaczynski, James Fahlbush, Daniel Holmberg
Event 16 - Women 400 IM
Gemma Bowsher - 9th of 16 (4:33.11); 9 points
Event 17 - Men 400 IM
Axel Hellstrom - 13th of 15 (4:13.08); 4 points
Event 18 - Women 100 Fly
Huijue Cai - 1st of 16 (54.62); 20 points
Event 19 - Men 100 Fly
Chris McGuire - 1st of 16 (50.32); 20 points
Event 23 - Men 100 Breast
Robert Kaczynski - 2nd of 16 (57.11); 17 points
Chris McGuire - 3rd of 16 (57.19); 16 points
Event 24 - Women 100 Back
Hannah Clegg - 4th of 16 (58.02); 15 points
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