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Swimming and diving sweeps Stony Brook on Senior Day
February 6, 2012Tweet
The Binghamton swimming and diving program sent its seniors out in style, sweeping America East foe Stony Brook on Feb. 4, at the Patricia A. Saunders Aquatics Center. The men defeated their SUNY counterparts for the 11th straight time 172-91, while the women earned their third victory of the season 173-127. The Bearcats will now begin to prepare for the America East Championships, hosted by Boston University from Feb. 23-26.
“It always tough after four years of building a program with a great group of kids,” head coach Sean Clark said. “We got some great performances today from a group I’ve grown to love, and it’s always sad to see them go. But we did have a great day and came away with a pair of victories, which is the way we wanted to send this group out.”
Binghamton began its final dual meet of the season strong, winning both 200 medley relay events. The women’s foursome of junior Olivia Baczek, sophomore Lauren Flower and freshmen Shannon Lampe and Caitlin Kelly touched first in a time of 1:49.88. The men matched the women’s first-place finish with one of their own, as juniors Mark Cereste, Josh Saccurato, Tim Cabasino and freshman Leo Wright won in a time of 1:35.67.
Senior standout Nolan Slesnick continued the men’s hot start with a victory in the 1650 free, the first of three. Slesnick cruised to his first win of the day in a time of 16:00.27, breaking the pool record (16.17.53) set last season by a Cornell swimmer. The senior from Austin, Texas, also won the 500 free (4:38.88) and the 200 IM (1:57.56) to close out a stellar career in his home water.
Fellow senior Dan Feeley was also victorious on the day, taking the 200 free in a time of 1:44.74. Feeley and Slesnick, the only two male seniors, scored significant points for the Bearcats in their final dual meet as Bearcats.
Other winners for the Bearcats were Cereste, juniors Aaron Budner, Andrew Ellman, Tim Cabasino, sophomore Morgan Lloyd and freshman Alexi Corey. The Bearcats swept the breaststroke events as Cereste won the 100 breast (1:00.60) and Ellman touched first in the 200 breast (2:13.37). Budner took first in the 100 fly with a time of 53.10, as Corey swam to a pair of first-place finishes. Corey took both of the backstroke events, winning the 100 back with a time of 53.88 and the 200 in a time of 1:55.91. Cabasino edged out Wright for the win in the 50 free (21.55) and Lloyd also knocked-off a teammate in the 200 fly with a time of 1:58.84.
On the boards, freshman Devin Zdanowski displayed his talents once again, taking both the meter and three-meter dive. Zdanowski won the meter board with a score of 277.65 and the three-meter dive with a score of 290.48.
For the women, it was a group of freshmen leading the way on Senior Day. Newcomers Kelly, Lampe, Corinne Zotter, Karina Hain, Imani Williams and Sarah Hendrickson were all victorious on the day. Zotter touched first twice, sweeping the breaststroke events for the third time this season (Drexel, Colgate). She won the 100 breast in a time of 1:06.43 and the 200 with a time of 2:26.15.
Lampe won the 100 back with a time of 59.89, while Kelly finished first in the 50 free with a time of 24.42. The win by Kelly marked her eighth first-place finish in a dual meet during the 2011-12 season. Hain place first in the 200 IM with a time of 2:14.01.
Williams and Hendrickson helped the Bearcats dominate the boards as Williams won the three-meter dive (245.03), breaking her own freshman record, and Hendrickson took the meter board with a score of 217.05. Seniors Jenna Easton, Sarah Kupferberg and Morgan Neal all dove in their final dual meet as Bearcats. Easton placed second in the three-meter dive with a score of 228.60.
The Bearcats will spend the next two and a half weeks training for the America East Championships in Boston. At last year’s championship, the men placed third for the fourth straight season, while the women finished in the top five for the first time since the 2004 championships. Defending titles will be Slesnick, who won gold in the 400 IM, and Tiffany Siu, who topped the podium in the 200 fly.