For Immediate Release: October 28, 2006
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Swimming and Diving impressive in home-opening dual meets
Bearcat men defeat Canisius while women split a pair of results

Meet Results

VESTAL, N.Y..-- In its first home meet of the season, the Binghamton University Swimming & Diving teams both had strong showings on Saturday afternoon at the Patricia A. Saunders Aquatic Center. The Bearcat men outscored Canisius College 183-84, while the women split a pair of dual matchups topping Canisius 219-70, but falling to Vermont 168.5-121.5

For the men, senior David Holmes continued his stellar start to the 2006-07 season breaking a pair of individual pool records. Holmes won the 100-fly with a time of 49.74, eclipsing the previous best mark of 50.38 set by Cornell's Danny Diette in 2004. He also paced the Bearcats' record-setting relay effort in the 800-freestyle with a pool-best 200 freestyle time of 1:39.09 in the race's lead leg.

The meet-closing relay victory saw Holmes, senior co-captains Brian Koizim and Trevor Stone, and Brenno Varanda team up to shave nearly 10 seconds off the previous pool record clocking in at 6:59.6. The previous pool record (7:09.29) had stood since 1994.

For the second straight meet, Varanda was a multi-event winner, touching first in the 200-backstroke and the 1000-free, while Koizim paced all swimmers in the 100-backstroke.

Other top performers for the men included junior Jason Lapp touching first in both the 200-fly and the 200-breaststroke, junior Bryan Kwiatkowski delivering a strong performance to take 200-free, and freshman Philip Dzieniszewski capturing the 50 free with a time of 22.71 in his first collegiate meet. Junior Sean Lorenz rounded out the Bearcat winners, with a first-place finish in the 100-free.

In men's diving, the Bearcats swept both events led by strong performances by junior Matt Russo and sophomore Ryan Graham.

Highlighting the women's effort, was a stellar meet-opening relay victory in the 200-medley. The Bearcat foursome of freshmen Allyce Brand and Lindsay Wright and sophomores Kelly Harris and Aleksandra Grubic, combined to edge Vermont by the narrowest of margins, touching first by a mere two-tenths of a second.

In just their second career meets, the Bearcat freshmen duo continued to excel. Wright, a Johnson City, N.Y. native, won the 50-free in a time of 25.42 seconds and took second in the 100-free (55.28) while Brand had a solid all-around performance registering a pair of second-place finishes in the 100 and 200-breast events.

Grubic also scored for the Bearcats, claiming second in the 100 back (1:03.47)

In women's diving, Anne Malvasi, Katherine Hassfurter and Melanie Gelfand took second, third and fourth place respectively, in both the 1-meter and 3-meter events.

The Bearcats return to action Saturday with a dual meet against conference foe UMBC at 1 p.m.


Binghamton def. Canisius (183 - 84)

Binghamton def. Canisius (219-70 )
Vermont def. Binghamton (168.5-121.5)
Vermont def. Canisius College (192-71)


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