For Immediate Release: January 16, 2008
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Men's Swimming and Diving Sweeps Lafayette and Stony Brook

Varanda and Dzieniszewski lead Bearcats, Graham sets record in 3-meter dive


EASTON, Pa. -- The Binghamton men's swimming and diving squad kept rolling as it swept a double-dual meet against Lafayette and Stony Brook Wednesday afternoon.

The men's team swam past Lafayette 102-38 and Stony Brook 75-65 to record its fifth consecutive dual meet win after dropping its first four decisions to begin the season. On the women's side, the Bearcats earned a split, taking down Stony Brook 81-59 and dropping a 93-47 decision to Lafayette.

"I couldn't be happier with the way we performed," said head swim coach Sean Clark. "We are in the middle of a tough string of meets following our tough training trip and we once again swam with toughness, competitiveness and a great deal of pride "

Junior Brenno Varanda (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and sophomore Philip Dzieniszewski (Bayside, N.Y.) were both double event winners pacing the Bearcat men.

Varanda led a 1-2 BU finish in the 100-breast in 58.96, finishing just ahead of teammate Andrew Palumbo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.), who touched in second in 59.83. Varanda capped off his day with a win in the 200-IM in 1:55.25.

Dzieniszewski captured the 50-free in 21.69 and took the 100-fly in 52.35.

Along with freshman Jason Chen (Livingston, N.J.) and senior Joe Rogan (Ithaca, N.Y.), Varanda and Dzieniszewski also swam a leg on the squad's meet-opening 400-medley relay victory.

Junior Ryan Graham (Vestal, N.Y.) continued his mastery on the diving boards, breaking an 11-year old school record in the 3-meter diving event with 322.10 points. Graham claimed runner-up honors in both diving events, finishing behind Stony Brook standout Julian Acevedo, who himself set a new school mark for the Seawolves in the 3-meter event

Graham broke the previous school record of 306.20 set by Jeff Cohen in 1996. His score also surpassed the NCAA Zones qualifying score on the 3-meter board (310). On Saturday against Drexel, Graham set the new high-water mark in the one-meter event to earn a spot in the NCAA Zone 'A' Championships on March 14-16 at the University at Buffalo.

Senior Jason Lapp (Linwood, N.Y.) and freshman Matt McCort (Commack, N.Y.) each contributed individual wins for the men. Lapp paced all swimmers in the 200-breast in 2:15.94, while McCort registered his first collegiate victory in the 200-fly in 1:59.07.

On the women's side, the Bearcat quartet of
Allyce Brand (Highland Park, Ill.), Taryn Ferrara (Morristown, N.J.), Lyndsi Worthington (Leawood, Kan.), and Brittany Detlef (Rochester, N.Y.) began the meet with a victory in the 400-medley relay, edging Lafayette by a mere 0.34 seconds, clocking in at 4:07.64.

Detlef and Worthington each delivered runner-up finishes in the 200-fly in 2:13.19 and in the 200-back in 2:13.62, respectively.

Juniors Kristin Maney (New Paltz, N.Y.) and Kate Hassfurter (Horseheads, N.Y.) led a Binghamton sweep on the diving boards. Maney won both the 1-meter and 3-meter events with 245.75 and 233.70 points, respectively. Hassfurter added runner-up honors in both events.

The Binghamton swimming and diving teams are right back in action on Saturday afternoon for its fifth meet in 11 days when the Bearcats host St. Bonaventure.


Binghamton University 102.00
Lafayette College 38.00

Binghamton University 75.00
Stony Brook University 65.00

Stony Brook University 83.00
Lafayette College 57.00


Lafayette College 93.00
Binghamton University 47.00

Binghamton University 81.00
Stony Brook University 59.00

Lafayette College 107.00
Stony Brook University 33.00
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