Immediate Release: May 14, 2009
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.
Blatchford and Cole
Courtemanche, were selected to represent the men's team next
year as captains, while seniors Allyce
Brodfuehrer, and Taryn
Ferrara were chosen as tri-captains for the women's squad
for the 2009-10 season.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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