Men's swimmers finish in eighth place at ECAC Championship; women move up one spot to 13th

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PITTSBURGH, Pa.--The Bearcats crowned two individual champions on the men's side, and both the men's and women's swimming and diving teams posted much better finishes than last year on the final day of competition at the 2003 ECAC Championship, held at Trees Pool on the University of Pittsburgh campus.

Junior Chris McGuire (Essex, England) touched first in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:49.75, finishing just one-tenth of a second ahead of a swimmer from powerhouse Maryland-Baltimore County. In the three-day championship, McGuire won two individual events (100 fly, 200 fly), finished third in another (100 breast) and participated on two relays. He scored 56 individual points and 40 more on relays as the Bearcats soared to an eighth-place finish. Last season Binghamton finished 18th in the 26-team field.

Sophomore Robert Kaczynski (Tychy, Poland) was the other individual winner on Sunday, as he captured the 200 breast with a school-record time of 2:03.91. Kaczynski finished second in the 100 breast on Saturday, when had and McGuire led a 2-3 BU fnish. Senior Magnus Lofgren (Umea, Sweden) placed fourth in the 1650 free (16:17.04) and freshman Daniel Holmberg (Oxford, N.Y.) was 14th in the 100 free (47.93).

On the women's side, the Bearcats had three individuals place in the top four. Sophomore Huijue Cai (Shanghai, China) took second in the 100 free (51.26). In the first two days of competition, Cai had also won the 100 fly and finished fourth in the 50 free. Sophomore Hannah Clegg (Hampshire, England) took fourth in the 200 back (2:04.02) and junior Gemma Bowsher (Portsmouth, England) tied for fourth in the 1650 free (17:29.92). The women moved up a spot to 13th on the final day of competition, besting their 21st-place showing from a year ago.

The meet concluded a stellar season for the men's swimmers, who captured the America East title two weeks ago, becoming Binghamton's first team to win a Division I conference title. On the women's side, Cai and Yun Qu (Hangzhou, China) are awaiting word on whether they will advance to the NCAA Championship March 20-22. Both have posted "B" cut provisional qualifying times and are likely to receive a bid.


Event 28 - Women 1650 Free

Gemma Bowsher - T-4th of 28 (17:29.92); 14.5 points

Event 29 - Men 1650 Free

Magnus Lofren - 6th of 37 (16:17.04); 13 points

Event 30 - Women 200 Back

Hannah Clegg - 4th of 16 (2:04.02); 15 points

Event 32 - Women 100 Free

Huijue Cai - 2nd of 16 (51.26); 17 points

Event 33 - Men 100 Free

Daniel Holmberg - 14th of 16 (47.93); 3 points

Event 35 - Men 200 Breast

Robert Kaczynski - 1st of 16 (2:03.91); 20 points

Event 37 - Men 200 Fly

Chris McGuire - 1st of 16 (1:49.75); 20 points

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