Immediate Release: January 29, 2011
"I thought we swam well today," head coach Sean Clark said. "Coming into the meet we knew it was going to be a close and it came down to the last relay. The women came through with a victory and clinched the tie. The men put in a powerful performance and I'm extremely happy with the way they swam."
The Bearcat men were lead by junior Nolan Slesnick who won two races on the day. Slesnick touched first in the 1000 free (9:55.57) and 200 IM (1:58.82). Senior Jason Chen swam to two victories as well breaking the long-standing pool record in the 200 back with a time of 1:52.47. He also won the 100 fly with a personal best time of 51.12.
"It was a big race by Jason (Chen)," said Clark. "He really attacked the race and came out with a great time."
Solid performances were put in by a pair of sophomores for the Bearcats. Mark Cereste earned his first collegiate victory, winning the 100 back in a time of 56.22. Josh Saccurato touched first in the 200 breast, finishing with a time of 2:15.97.
The foursome of Keving Kearney, Phil Dzieniszewski, Tim Cabasino and Devon Byrt won the 200 medley with a time of 1:36.85. Sophomore Anthony Foiles scored vital points for the Bearcats winning both diving events.
On the women's side sophomore Tiffany Siu swam to three victories for the Bearcats. Siu won the 1000 free (10:28.63), 200 fly (2:07.93) and the 500 free (5:05.98). "We really relied on Tiffany (Siu) today, she did a tremendous job for us," noted Clark.
Senior Amanda Ciccone put in a strong performance for BU winning the 50 (24.75) and 100 free (53.31). Ciccone's two victories marked the sixth time this season she has won at least two events. Senior Brittany Detlef earned big points for the Bearcats winning the 100 fly with a time of 1:00.14.
The BU women divers put in their second straight stellar showing. The trio of Jenna Easton, Liz Esposito and Morgan Neal took the 1-2-3 finish on the meter board for the Bearcats. Easton also won the three-meter board with a score of 214.80. "Our divers did a fantastic job earning some huge points for us today," said Clark. "They came through when we needed them and are looking better every week."
To close out the meet and earn a tie, the Bearcats needed a first place finish in the 400 free relay. The foursome of Margaret Rakoczy, Siu, Caitlin Nelson and Olivia Baczek brought home the victory for Binghamton with a time of 3:37.73.
"I'm very proud of the way we ended our season," said Clark. "Both teams competed extremely hard and I'm happy with our performance today. We are definitely looking forward to putting on a show at the America East Championships."
With the dual meet season concluded the Bearcats begin training for the America East Championships which will be held February 17-20 in Baltimore, MD. on the campus of UMBC.
NOTE: The tie by the women is the first in Binghamton's Division I history for either team. The Bearcat women earned their first back-to-back winning seasons since 2001-02 and 2002-03.
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