Release: February 18, 2007
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Holmes named Most Outstanding Performer; Men finish sixth at ECAC Championships
Senior repeats as meet's top swimmer, Clark named ECAC Coach of the Year
Day Three Results - Final Team Results - Final Meet Results - Day One Recap - Day Two Recap
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. -- Senior David Holmes (Doncaster, England) won his third individual event in as many days and swam an anchor leg on Binghamton's third winning relay effort of the weekend as he repeated as the Most Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet at the ECAC Open Swimming & Diving Championships at Harvard University's Blodgett Pool.
The nine-man Bearcat squad claimed four individual titles and captured three relays en route to a sixth place finish with 366 points, only 21.5 out of third-place. Three Bearcat women's swimmers along with a trio of divers combined for 104 points to finish 11th out of 16 teams. For the second straight weekend, the efforts of the BU coaching staff were recognized on the men's side as head coach Sean Clark was named ECAC Coach of the Year.
"I cannot say enough about the job my staff has done," said Sean Clark. "I've rode their backs and those of my swimmers. This award is as much theirs as it is mine."
Holmes finished the championships a perfect 3-for-3 in individual events, pacing the field in the 200 fly with a time of 1:47.80. He posted NCAA Division II B cut times in each of his individual wins. He swam to victory in the 500 free breaking a seven-year-old ECAC record in a time of 4:23.68, won the 100 butterfly in 48.18, and was also a part of relay wins in the 200, 400 and 800-yard freestyle relays.
"This is yet another well-deserved honor for David," said Clark. "Seeing him repeat as the conference champion is a tribute to not only himself, but to his teammates as well for making him work that much harder and achieve to the fullest of his ability."
Senior co-captain Brian Koizim (White Plains, N.Y.) made the most of the last individual swim of his BU career, capturing his first ECAC title after pacing the field in the 200 back with a time of 1:50.59. Entering this year's meet, Koizim's previous best finish was a fifth-place effort in from a season ago, also in the 200 back. He finished the weekend with three individual medals and as part of all three winning Bearcat relays.
In fitting fashion, Holmes and Koizim teamed up with fellow senior and co-captain Trevor Stone (Windsor, N.Y.) and sophomore Brian Koralewski (Floral Park, N.Y.) for one last trip together to the winner's circle in the final event of the evening, the 400 freestyle relay. The quartet touched in 3:02.88, coming from behind to finish over two seconds ahead of the field, to notch BU's third victory in five relay events at the meet.
Stone also took seventh in the 200 fly in 1:54.74, while Koralewski added a top-10 finish in the 100 free, winning the consolation final in 47.16 for ninth place overall.
In the 200 breast, sophomore Andrew Palumbo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) registered his second top-five performance of the weekend, placing fourth in a lifetime best time of 2:08.18.
Sophomore Ryan Graham (Vestal, N.Y.) finished strong in the men's diving finale, placing fifth on the one-meter boards with 248.45 points.
Leading the women's individual efforts, freshman Allyce Brand (Highland Park, Illinois) was the women's top finisher, touching in 15th in the 200 breast, clocking at 2:31.62.
The Bearcats' 400 free relay quartet of Brand, fellow freshman Taryn Ferrara (Morristown, N.J.), junior Nicole Sweeney (Commack, N.Y.), and sophomore diver Katherine Hassfurter (Horseheads, N.Y.) closed out with the meet with a 10th place finish in 4:13.69. With only three swimmers on the trip, the versatility of the Bearcat divers, all of whom which scored points on the one and three-meter boards on the weekend, was on grand display as each swam relay legs over the weekend.
"We have shown that Binghamton University can compete in the region," said Clark. "It was a fitting end to a terrific season."
BU SWIMMING AND DIVING AT THE 2007 ECAC CHAMPIONSHIPS
Binghamton Gold Medal Count
David Holmes 500 Free, 100 Fly, 200 Fly
Brian Koizim - 200 Back
200 Men's Free Relay (Koizim, Holmes, Lorenz, Koralewski)
400 Men's Free Relay (Koizim, Holmes, Koralewski, Stone)
800 Men's Free Relay (Britvan, Koizim, Holmes, Koralewski)
ECAC Championship Records Broken by BU
David Holmes 500 Free
Additional Binghamton medalists
Brian Koizim 100 Fly (2nd), 50 Free (3rd)
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