Immediate Release: November 6, 2010
VESTAL, N.Y. -- The Binghamton University swimming and diving program officially began their 2010-11 campaign as they welcomed the University of Massachusetts to the Patricia A. Saunders Aquatic Center. The women edged out the Minutemen, 160-159 on strength of a first place finish in the meet's final event, the 500 freestyle relay. The men came up just short against the four-time defending Atlantic-10 champion, falling 162-157 - their best showing since the two schools began competing in 2006.
"We performed at a very high level this weekend," head coach Sean Clark said. "To compete with such a strong Atlantic-10 program, we needed everyone to contribute as much as possible."
Binghamton raced out to a fast start winning both the men's and women's 200 medley relay. The foursome of Joe Perez-Rogers, Phil Dzieniszewski, Jason Chen and David Gleason took first place in the pool-record time of 1:33.72. On the women's side the combination of Brittany Detlef, Danielle Gallo, Tiffany Siu and Amanda Ciccone won the meets first event in a time of 1:49.63.
The women continued to cruise throughout the meet behind strong performances by Ciccone, Siu and sophomore Olivia Baczek. Each BU swimmer won three races over the two-day event while also swimming a leg in the pivotal 500 freestyle relay.
"We expected our leaders to be strong, and Tiffany Siu and Amanda Ciccone did everything they could do," Clark continued. "But Olivia Baczek had a breakthrough meet, with wins in three key events that helped keep the meet close."
Tiffany Siu set a pool record in the 400 IM, finishing with a time of 4:32.75. She also flew to victory in the 500 free (5:04.62) and 200 fly (2:07.43). Ciccone won the 200 IM (2:07.57), 100 and 200 free (52.66, 1:55.01) while Baczek touched first in the 50 free (25.03), 100 and 200 backstroke (1:00.24, 2:08.26).
Fellow contributors to the exciting Bearcat victory were sophomores Caitlin Nelson and Melissa Lindahl. Nelson swam to second and third place finishes in the 50 free (25.23) and 100 free (54.44), respectively. Duquesne transfer Karissa Gorman had a solid Binghamton debut, touching second in the mile with a time of 18:15.68. Senior Brittany Detlef cruised to a second place finish in the 100 fly with a time of 1:00.26.
"Our depth was on display as well, with impressive efforts from Caitlin Nelson in the sprints and Brittany Detlef in the fly," Clark noticed. "This was our first ever win over the UMass women, and I couldn't be more proud of how far the program has advanced in just a few years."
On the men's side, sophomore David Gleason, the defending America East champion in the 500 free, touched first in the event with a time of 4:39.87. Several BU men placed first on the day including Perez-Rogers, Dzieniszewski and Chen. Perez-Rogers, a junior, took the 100 back in a time of 52.02. Red-shirt senior, Dzieniszewski, swam to victory in the 100 breast with a time of 59.73. Chen touched first in the 100 fly with a time of 51.16, he also placed second in the 200 back (1:53.65) and 200 IM (1:55.36). Dzieniszewski and Perez-Rogers finished second and third, respectively in the 50 free.
"Everyone came to the deck this weekend ready to perform and it showed," Clark said of his men's squad. "We got some big wins from Josh Saccurato, Phil Dzieniszewski, Nolan Slesnick and Joe Perez-Rogers. We knew we were going to be tough to deal with after setting the pool record to win the 200 Medley Relay at the start of the meet."
Other winners on the day for the Bearcat men were sophomore Josh Saccurato and junior Nolan Slesnick. Saccurato placed first in the 200 fly with a time of 1:58.53 while Slesnick took the 400 IM in a time of 4:12.68. Saccurato finished right behind Slesnick in the 400 IM. Freshman Morgan Lloyd had a solid collegiate debut placing second in the 200 fly and third in the 100 fly.
"Jason Chen was a standout performer and he handled the pressure situations like the experienced senior we've come to depend on," Clark recognized. "David Gleason put a big effort into his win in the 500 free, and he gave his opponents all they could handle in the 100 and 200 free."
Binghamton finished off their first dual meet exactly how they started it, winning the 500 free relay on both the men's and women's side. Dzieniszewski, Perez-Rogers, Chen and Gleason won with a time of 4:06.10 for the men while Baczek, Nelson, Ciccone and Siu took the crucial race for the women.
On the boards for the Bearcats junior Jenna Easton took second in the three-meter dive with a score of 211.73 while sophomore Anthony Foiles took fourth on the meter and three-meter board for the men. Junior Morgan Neal placed third on the meter board.
"We may have earned a bit of respect from our opponents in a hard-fought loss, but there's no doubt that we were going full out for the win in our first dual meet of the year on our Parents' Weekend," Clark rounded out his thoughts on coming up just short against the UMass men.
The Bearcats next enter the waters on Saturday, Nov. 13 when they travel to Philadelphia to take on Drexel University.
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