For Immediate Release: January 31, 2009
Contact: Ian Milne (
Phone: 607-777-6800

Swimming and Diving split final meet against Stony Brook
Four different student-athletes win two events apiece to pace the Bearcats

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STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- Senior Brenno Varanda and sophomore Jason Chen each won two events to lead the Binghamton men's swimming and diving team to a win over hosting Stony Brook University on Saturday afternoon. The men won their fourth meet in a row heading into the America East Championship with a 166-132 win, while the women dropped a close 140-160 decision.

In the individual events, Varanda won the 200 breast (2:06.41) and the 200 IM (1:55.99), while Chen touched first in the 100 back (54.07) and 200 back (1:54.51). Also, winning events for the men were senior Joe Rogan in the 100 fly with a life-time best time of 52.98 and senior Andrew Palumbo in the 100 breast (58.91).

"It's a nice way to roll into the championship...Jason Chen really did step up again, and won both backstroke events in fine fashion," Clark commented after the meet. ""We're in good shape and looking forward to the conference meet in three weeks."

The women were led by sophomore Brittany Detlef who placed first in the 200 fly (2:13.61) and the 100 fly (1:00.51). Another double winner for the women was sophomore Amanda Ciccone who took the 50 free (25.05) and the 100 free (54.64). Another winner for the women was freshman Tricia Alejandro who captured the 200 back in a lifetime best-time of 2:11.67.

On the boards, senior Ryan Graham won the three-meter board with a score of 296.18. Freshman Jenna Easton won the one-meter board with a score of 222.30, and placed second on the three-meter (221.70) behind senior Kate Hassfurter who edged her teammate with a score of 222.83.

The Bearcats will be competeing next in the America East Conference Championships hosted by Boston University on Thursday, February 19th through Saturday the 22nd.

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