For Immediate Release: May 14, 2009
Contact: Ian Milne (
Phone: 607-777-2956

Swimming and Diving Announces Team Awards, '09-10 captains
Seniors Varanda, Lorenz and Brown also represent Swimming and Diving at University Athletics Awards Ceremony

VESTAL, N.Y. -- The Binghamton men's and women's swimming and diving programs announced its annual awards and team captains for the 2009-10 season at the team banquet in the end of April. Additionally, Last week, seniors Brenno Varanda and Jodi Brown were honored at the Binghamton Athletics Award Ceremony and senior Sean Lorenz was chosen as a senior athlete speaker.

Two seniors, J.J. Blatchford and Cole Courtemanche, were selected to represent the men's team next year as captains, while seniors Allyce Brand, Rita Brodfuehrer, and Taryn Ferrara were chosen as tri-captains for the women's squad for the 2009-10 season.

Varanda was named team MVP for the second year in a row. This season, he broke several pool records, and finished his career with a Conference record winning his fourth consecutive 200 Breast title at the America East Championships.

Varanda also received the 2009 AE Coaches Award and was named America East swimmer of the week. He graduates with eight individual America East titles accumulated in his four-year collegiate career.

His success in the classroom was equally impressive, with a 3.87 GPA in Mechanical Engineering in the Fall. He led the team to a 20th in the nation for GPAs in the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Team Academic All-America rankings. Varanda was also named to the conference All-Academic team.

For the women, sophomore Amanda Ciccone was tabbed for MVP. Ciccone broke the team record in the 200 I.M. and was the first three-event finalist at the America East Championships since 2005.

During the year Ciccone won eight individual races, and finished in the top-three 17 times including three individual first place finishes in a win over Drexel. She was also inducted into the National College Athlete Honor Society, earning a 3.85 GPA in the Fall.

Senior Heather Jennings was honored with the Female Most Improved Swimmer, with lifetime bests in 11 different events as a senior. Most Improved Swimmer for the men was freshman Dan Feeley who dropped 30 seconds from his lifetime best in the mile and 13 seconds from his 500 freestyle.

On the boards, the Most Improved Diver went to freshman Nick Turner, who increasingly took on a leadership role while developing his skills on the diving boards. The Most Valuable Diver was awarded to senior Ryan Graham, won for the third consecutive year. As the best diver in Binghamton history, he qualified for finals at the NCAA Zones Championship.

Sophomore Jason Chen and junior Allyce Brand and were recognized with the Hard to Outdo (H2O) Award, presented to team members whose "dedication, determination, and daily displays of team spirit are unparalleled".

Chen was always ready to race, no matter how tired he was. He was self-motivated and fearless in the pursuit of stepping up for the team. In addition to lifetime bests in 8 events, he was a ferocious relay competitor.

Brand responded well to the challenges of training and had numerous gutsy finishes in clutch situations all year long. She broke the team record in the 100 breast and was the team's second highest point-scoring swimmer at the America East Championships.

At the year end University's Athletics award ceremony, senior Brenno Varanda was presented with the John Bilos Alumni Award, recognizing his stellar career achievements. Varanda follows former teammate, and swimming standout David Holmes as the recipient of this prestigious Departmental award. Over the years, Varanda has amassed several pool, school, and conference records, along with previous recognition as America East Most Outstanding Swimmer (2008), America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year for Swimming & Diving (2008), and the Coaches' Award for Most Career Points at the Conference Championships (2009). Head coach Sean Clark speaking for the teams said, "we were proud to see him earn special recognition."

Also at the year end University's Athletics award ceremony, Sean Lorenz was tabbed to be a Senior Athlete Speaker, where he gave a well-delivered and well-received speech. He reminded the athletes and coaches in attendance to be proud of being and representing athletes, but also to develop themselves beyond their sports.

Also at the ceremony, senior Jodi Brown was honored with the ECAC Merit Award Medal. She had the fifth highest GPA (3.86) of all graduating senior athletes at Binghamton.

"We are really looking forward to another great season for the Bearcats in the pool and on the boards," head coach Sean Clark said. "A strong freshman class in the fall will keep pushing us in the right direction."

Women's awards:
Most Valuable:
Sophomore Amanda Ciccone
Most Improved: Senior Heather Jennings
Hard to Outdo (H2O) Award: Junior Allyce Brand

Men's awards:
Most Valuable:
Senior Brenno Varanda
Most Improved: Freshman Dan Feeley
Hard to Outdo Award (H2O): Sophomore Jason Chen

Diving awards:
Most Valuable:
Senior Ryan Graham
Most Improved: Freshman Nick Turner

2009-10 Team Captains:
Seniors J.J. Blatchford and Cole Courtemanche
Women: Seniors Allyce Brand, Rita Brodfuehrer, and Taryn Ferrara

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