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Bearcats' Huijue Cai and Yun Qu achieve national qualifying times in season-opening meet
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VESTAL, N.Y. -- In their first meet of the season, the Binghamton University women's swim team defeated Niagara University 137-95. The Bearcats also recorded a win on the men's side, 130-86.

The Bearcats were led by the sensational combination of sophomore Huijue Cai (Shanghai, China) and Yun Qu (Hangzhou, China). Both swimmers displayed remarkable early-season form in achieving "B" cut national qualifying times. Cai captured the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 55.05, easily achieving the "B" cut standard of 55.76. Cai won the race by swimming the normally slower butterfly stroke, setting a school and pool record in the process. Qu captured the 200 yard butterfly with a winning time of 2:00.76, finishing more than 20 seconds ahead of the field. She also captured the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 2:00.30.

"Yun and Huijue are both outstanding athletes," said BU head coach Benji DeMotte. "To have two swimmers achieve a "B" cut qualifying time in our first meet of the season is a dream, not to mention extremely rare for this early in the season."
Dynamic Duo
Sophomore sprinter Laura Linek (Canandaigua, N.Y.) set a pool record in the 50 freestyle, finishing in 24.69 seconds. She also swam a leg on the 400 free relay that had the fastest time. Freshman Stephanie Gerber (Middle Village, N.Y.) and junior Amy DeWitt (Mastic, N.Y.) each won a pair of races. Gerber won the 1000 freestyle in 11:06.87, finishing nearly 31 seconds ahead of the field. She also took the 500 freestyle in 5:23.49. DeWitt captured the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:19.90. She also won the 200 backstroke in 2:16.72 and swam a leg on the winning 400 medley relay.

Senior captain Mary Tennyson (Middletown, N.Y.) won the 200 yard breaststroke with a time of 2:37.12 and freshman diver Audra Murphy (Hanover, Pa.) won the 3-meter diving competition with a score of 132.90.

"It is always nice to start have wins early in the season," said coach DeMotte. "Both of our teams have started off with a confidence boost that they can use in our upcoming meets."

On the men's side, senior Chris McGuire (Essex, England) was a double winner and set a new pool record. McGuire won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:46.91 and captured the 200 fly in 1:53.90. His time in the fly was 22 seconds ahead of the field and set a new pool record.

"Chris is a truly unbelievable athlete, " DeMotte said. "He continually surprises us and we expect nothing but his best year at Binghamton in his final season."

Senior Magnus Lofgren (Umea, Sweden), a transfer from the University of Utah, won the 1000 and 500 free events. His time of 10:15.18 in the 1000 free was nearly 40 seconds ahead of the field. He took the 500 free with a time of 4:55.78 and swam a leg of the 400 free relay.

"Magnus' times today were about what we expected," DeMotte said. "We think his times today should be near the top of the America East Conference, and we think he can be even faster than he was today."

Senior Aytac Gurbuz (Istanbul, Turkey) was also a double winner for BU, winning the 100 free (49.16) and 200 IM (2:03.88). Freshman Dan Holmberg (Oxford, N.Y.) won the 50 free (22.71) and junior Greg Bello (Rochester, N.Y.) won the 200 backstroke (2:04.99). Bello also swam a leg on the winning 400 medley relay.

Sophomore Robert Kaczynski (Tychy, Poland) had the fastest time in the 200 breaststroke (2:11.95) and swam a leg on the 400 medley relay.

"Robert was a pleasant surprise today," DeMotte said. "His time in the 200 breast was surprisingly fast, and should be at or near the top of the conference."

The Bearcats will travel to Burlington, Vermont next Saturday to compete against America East rival Vermont. The next home meet is on Saturday, November 2, against Towson.
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