For Immediate Release: November 4, 2006
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Binghamton swimming and diving teams swept by UMBC


BALTIMORE, Md.--The Binghamton men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams each fell to the UMBC on Saturday afternoon at the UMBC Natatorium. The Bearcat men (2-1) were bested by the Retrievers, 156.5-86.5, while the women (1-3) lost by a score of 183-59.

"We hoped for a better result," head coach Sean Clark said. "We gave it all we had, but unffortunately we came up a bit short."

The Retrievers set the tone on the men's side, opening the meet with a narrow victory by six-tenths of a second (3:29.05 to 3:29.65) in the 400-medley relay. The setback overshadowed the stellar anchor leg peformance by sophomore Brian Koralewski to try and close it out, turning in a split of 46.9.

Sophomore Brenno Varanda was the lone multiple event winner for the Bearcats with wins in the 200 IM (156.72) and 200 breaststroke (2:07.83).

"Brenno put up some really strong times to post this early in season, said coach Clark, "It really is a testament to how hard he has worked all summer."

Senior David Holmes captured the 1,000-free (9:37.59) by just one one-hundredth of a second while senior co-captain Brian Koizim took the 50 freestyle in 21.54. Junior Jason Lapp posted a third-place finish in the 200 breaststroke, clocking in with a lifetime best time of 2:13.14.

Sophomore Ryan Graham claimed second (217.20) in both the one-meter and three-meter board diving events (192.75).

Six individual lifetime best performances and a victory in the 400 freestyle relay highlighted the Bearcat women's efforts on the afternoon. Freshmen Allyce Brand and Lindsay Wright along with sophomores Jodi Brown and Aleksandra Grubic teamed up take the meet's final race.

"UMBC certainly has some of the best in the conference has to offer," said Clark. "We were a bit overmatched, but it was nice to finish up with some nice swims in that final relay."

Wright continued her strong freshman campaign, placing second in the 200 freestyle with a lifetime-best time of 2:03.18, while Grubic had a strong showing in the freestyle sprinting events, taking second in the 50 and third in the 100.

In the one-meter dive, freshman Anne Malvasi placed third (205.95) while classmate Kristin Maney followed suit in the three-meter event, also claiming third place honors (174.15).

"The women swam well overall," said Clark. "We were very pleased with their efforts. It nice to see that all the hard work is starting to pay off."

The Bearcats return to action Nov. 18-19 at the Bucknell Invitational in Lewisburg, Pa.

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