For Immediate Release: January 26, 2008
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Swimming and Diving splits with Colgate on Senior Day

Bearcat men record seventh consecutive dual meet win


VESTAL, N.Y. -- The Binghamton University swimming and diving squads split its final dual meet of the 2007-08 season against visiting Colgate Saturday afternoon from the Patricia A. Saunders Aquatic Center.

The men's team swam past the Raiders 175-110 to record its seventh consecutive dual meet win and improve to 7-4 on the season. On the women's side, Colgate took down the host Bearcats, 193-101.

Prior to the meet. ten seniors -- Molly Brown, Bridget Dormer, Tara Schneider, Nicole Sweeney, Brandi Vaughan, Michael Britvan, Dylan Hobe, Bryan Kwiatkowski, Jason Lapp, and Matt Russo -- were honored as part of BU's Senior Day festivities.

"The men displayed tremendous balance today with 10 individual winners," said head swim coach Sean Clark. "We wanted to close out the dual meet season strong with a win for our seniors. The entire team really stepped up to the plate today. We feel very strong right now and we hope to keep that going headed into the conference meet in a few weeks."

Junior Sean Lorenz (Norwich, N.Y.) led the balanced men's effort with a pair of individual wins. Lorenz won the 100-back in 53.08 as well as the 100-free in 48.90.

Seniors Jason Lapp (Linwood, N.Y.) and Matt Russo (Manhattan, N.Y.) both earned victories in the final dual meet of their collegiate careers.

Lapp won the 200-breast in 2:11.63, while Russo claimed the 1-meter dive with a score of 282.30. Russo's score is the second highest in Binghamton diving history behind only current teammate Ryan Graham (Vestal, N.Y.) .

Graham made it a Bearcat sweep on the diving boards, as he took the 3-meter dive with a score of 308.10.

Juniors Brenno Varanda (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Andrew Palumbo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) were also individual winners. Varanda won the 200-IM in a pool-record time of 1:54.56. His time topped the previous record of 1:54.86 held by former Bearcat David Holmes. Palumbo touched in first in the 100-breast in 59.14.

Sophomore Ziyad Rouhana (Vestal, N.Y.) recorded his first victory of the season as he clocked the fastest time in the 200-fly in 1:57.34. Rouhana's effort ranks 8th all-time in BU school history.

Sophomore sprinter Philip Dzieniszewski (Bayside, N.Y.) continued to impress in the 50-free, taking the event in 21.74.

Freshmen Jason Chen (Livingston, N.J.) and Kevin Kearney (Latham, N.Y.) also contributed victories. Chen took home top honors in the 1000-free in 10:02.56, while Kearney won the 200-back in 1:59.67.

The Binghamton women were led by junior divers Kristin Maney (New Paltz, N.Y.) and Kate Hassfurter (Horseheads, N.Y.).

Maney and Hassfurter claimed the top two spots in both the 1- and 3-meter dives. Maney won the 3-meter dive with a score of 236.85, while Hassfurter claimed first in the 1-meter with a score 248.77.

The afternoon’s competition served as the Bearcats’ final tune-up prior to the 2008 America East Championships hosted by the University of Maine on February 14-17.
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