For Immediate Release: January 17, 2009
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Swimming and Diving split meet with St. Bonaventure on senior day
Men pick up first win of the season, while the women come up short

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VESTAL, N.Y. -- The Bearcat men celebrated senior day with a win as Binghamton defeated visiting St. Bonaventure on Saturday afternoon. The women swam hard, but ultimately came up short as they were defeated 94-148, while the men downed the Bonnies 129-110.

For the men, sophomore Jason Chen picked up a pair of wins. First in 200 free (1:45.44), followed up by the 100 free with a time of 47.48. Another double winner was freshman Nolan Slesnick who won the 1000 free (9:54.13) and the 500 free (4:50.01). Senior Sean Lorenz placed first in the 200 back (1:58.41), and junior Philip Dzieniszewski took home the 50 free (21.78). Senior Brenno Varanda also picked up a win in the 200 IM (1:54.62).

For the women, sophomore Amanda Ciccone won the 50 free (25.02), and fellow sophomore Danielle Gallo took another first in the 200 breast (2:30.37). Freshman Maria Mazzoni claimed a second in the 200 free (2:01.27), and freshman Tricia Alejandro took second in the 500 free (5:14.72). Junior Allyce Brand also placed second in the 100 free with a time of 56.23.

On the boards, Ryan Graham took first place on the one-meter (285.15) and three-meter (314.25) boards. For the women, senior Kate Hassfurter finished with a score of 229.58 on the one-meter and 226.28 on the three-meter board to claim first place in each event.

"It's been a long season so far without a victory, so to send these guys out at their last home meet with an amazing team performance, that's something they'll remember for a little while," head coach Sean Clark commented after the meet.

"We swam great today, men's and women's sides, but we got a whole other meet tomorrow, we're not going to take much of a rest. We'll get back on the bus tomorrow morning and do it all over again."

Senior Andrew Palumbo joined Varanda in a unique attempt to take down the 100 breast pool record while swimming the 200 breast. Both Palumbo and Varanda slipped by the old record of 57.91 as Palumbo cruised in at 57.80 and Varanda just a stroke ahead at 56.85.

There is no rest for the weary as the Bearcats travel tomorrow, on January 18 to take on Drexel. The meet begins at 2 p.m.

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