BEARCAT SWIMMING WEEKLY
RELEASE - November 26, 2007
Swimming and Diving heads to Cornell
The Binghamton swimming
and diving teams return poolside in nearby Ithaca, N.Y. on Saturday,
December 1, when they take on Cornell in a dual meet beginning
at 11 a.m.
Varanda paces Binghamton's efforts at Bucknell Invitational
Junior Brenno Varanda (St. Petersburg,
Fla.) was a perfect 4-for-4, recording four individual wins pacing
the Bearcat men's third-place finish at the two-day Bucknell
Trials/Finals Invitational on November 17-18.
On Sunday, Varanda captured both the 400-IM in 4:03.16 and the
200-Breast in 2:06.48. The day prior, he won the 100-Breast in
58.35 and 200-IM in 1:53.64. Varanda now leads the Bearcat men
with 10 individual wins on the season. His times in the 400-IM
and 200-breast are the fastest of all America East swimmers thus
far this season.
"Brenno really showed some power at Bucknell," head
coach Sean Clark said. "We asked a lot from him and he responded
"There wasn't much of a break between his events, and to
make a clean sweep of all four was a boost for our team. He trains
with ferocity and is ahead of where he was at this point last
year. It's been fun to watch him swim this year."
Binghamton came in third out of four squads with 763 points,
finished ahead of The College of New Jersey (289 points), and
behind Towson (1062) and host Bucknell (857.5).
On the women's side, Binghamton totaled 289 points, finishing
fourth of five teams. Divers Kristin
Maney (New Paltz, N.Y.) and Mel
Gelfand (Syosset, N.Y.) were the women's top finishers, taking
fifth and sixth place in the tree-meter event with 204.85 and
189.10 points, respectively.
The Bearcat freshman trio of
Worthington (Leawood, Kan.), Brittany
Detlef (Rochester, N.Y.) and Danielle
Gallo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) all were consolation finalists
"The women swam with some
intensity," said Clark. "Fourteen different swimmers
combined to post a total of 31 lifetime best times, so we are
feeling pretty confident moving forward."
full meet recap and results click here...
Last Time versus Cornell
Cornell swimming and
diving squads posted dual meet victories over the Binghamton
men (175-122) and women (191-108) in last year's meeting on December
2 at the Patricia A. Saunders Aquatic Center. The Big Red are
8-0 all-time versus BU.
Both the Binghamton men's and women's swimming team have
been recognized among the nation's top mid-major programs this
season according to ratings released by CollegeSwimming.com.
The Bearcat men are currently
ranked 11th in the Division I Mid-Major Swimming and Diving Rankings
with 163.90 points. The Binghamton women held the 25th spot following
the first release of the rankings on November 15.
The dual meet rankings use an objective point system to compare
teams relative strength in a traditional thirteen event
dual meet lineup. Lineups are submitted by participating teams.
Institutions eligible for the Mid-Major designation do not come
from one of the eight major NCAA Division I-A football conferences
or award fewer than seven womens or five mens scholarships.
Mid-Major teams are also eligible for the CSCAA Division I Coaches
Palumbo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) continues to have a strong
junior campaign. Palumbo has four individual wins on the season.
He currently owns the third fastest time in the America East
in the 100-Breast (58.75) and the sixth fastest mark in the 200-Breast
Senior diver Matt
Russo (Manhattan, N.Y.) has excelled on the boards for the
Bearcats this season. Russo won the three-meter diver at the
Bucknell Invite with 252.50 points. Earlier this season, he was
victorious in the three-meter event against conference foe UMBC.
Both Russo and junior teammate Ryan Graham (Vestal, N.Y.) have
recorded some of the top performances in the conference this
season. Russo owns the fifth highest score in the both the 1-
and 3-meter dives, while Graham holds the fourth spot in the
1-meter and the sixth spot in the 3-meter dive
East Performance Lists 2007-2008
Bearcats in Action
from UMass dual meet (November 11)
Reviewing 06-07/Previewing 07-08
With first-year head coach Sean Clark at the helm, the men's
and swimming and diving team enjoyed a historic 2006-07 season.
The men's team finished with 6-3 dual meet record, runner-up
honors at the America East Championship and sent its first male
swimmer in school and conference history to the NCAA Division
I Championships. The men face the tall task of replacing its
much-heralded 2007 senior class, but with a strong cast of returnees
and a number of impact newcomers this year's squad is prepared
to fill the void and eager to leave its own mark on the program.
The Bearcat women earned a seventh-place finish at the America
East Championships and posted a pair of dual meet victories,
highlighted by a solid win over conference rival Stony Brook.
Youth is the name of the game for this year's women's squad which
features 19 underclassmen, including nine freshmen and 10 sophomores.
Preseason Polls Announced
The Binghamton men's and women's swimming and diving teams have
been picked to finish second and sixth, respectively, at the
2008 America East Swimming and Diving Championships, according
to a poll by the league's head coaches, the conference announced
Tuesday. UMBC was chosen to repeat as conference champions on
both the men's and women's sides.
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