Swimming and diving team opens season at WNY InviteTweet
For the fourth consecutive season the Binghamton swimming and diving program began its year at the Western New York Invitational hosted by the University of Buffalo. The five-team non-scoring meet welcomes four schools from across the state, including Canisius, Niagara and St. Bonaventure.
Headlining Binghamton’s day were junior Josh Saccurato for the men and freshman Stephanie Lindahl for the women. Each notched victories Oct. 8 at Buffalo’s Alumni Arena, Pool and Natatorium. Saccurato won the 400 IM with a time of 4:11.06, while Lindahl won her first collegiate race in the 1000 free with a time of 10:53.28.
“We had some successful efforts out there today,” head coach Sean Clark said. “With about 20 new swimmers we have a lot of maturing to do, but I thought today was a good start to the season.”
Junior Nolan Slesnick, reigning America East 400 IM champion, touched five seconds after Saccurato in the event to take second with a time of 4:16.45. The Saccurato and Slesnick one-two finish was four seconds better than the third-place swimmer. Saccurato added to his impressive day with a pair of third-place finishes in the 200 IM and 100 breast. Slesnick also touched seventh in the 500 free with a time of 4:57.82.
“I thought Josh (Saccurato) had a great day and has steadily improved each season. He’s displayed that by putting in a lifetime best in the 100 breast,” Clark said.
Junior Tim Cabsino turned in three top-eight performances on the day, picking up sixth in the 100 fly, seventh in the 100 breast and eight in the 50 free. Sophomore John Pangal touched fifth in the 200 fly (2:00.40), while freshman Emmett Jacobi finished fifth in the 1000 free (10:25.81) rounding out Binghamton’s top finishers on the men’s side.
Lindahl led a group of six Binghamton women to swim to a pair of top-eight finishes. Lindahl followed up her win in the 1000 free by touching eighth in the 200 free (1:59.85). Including Lindahl, four of the swimmers in the group were freshmen. Joining Lindahl were classmates Corinne Zotter, Caitlin Kelly and Karina Hain. Kelly and Hain each touched fourth in the 50 free and 400 IM, respectively. Zotter swam to a sixth-place finish in the 100 breast and touched seventh in the 200 breast.
Upperclassmen Tricia Alejandro, Caitlin Nelson and Melissa Lindahl also put in top-eight performances. Melissa Lindahl, the older sister of Stephanie, took sixth in the 100 back with a time of 1:02.63. Alejandro, the lone senior of the bunch, touched just behind Hain in the 400 IM taking fifth and placing seventh in the 200 IM. Nelson, in her third season swimming for the Bearcats, took eighth in the 200 IM and back.
Freshman Devin Zdanowski displayed his abilities on the boards recording a pair of top-eight finishes in the one and three-meter dive. He finished seventh in each event, while junior Anthony Foiles placed eighth on the three-meter board.
The freshman duo of Sarah Hendrickson and Imani Williams led the Binghamton women on the boards. Hendrickson took seventh in the three-meter dive and eighth on the meter board. Williams scores in the meter dive were good enough for seventh.
Binghamton is off for a couple weeks before traveling to Boston, for a dual meet with the Terriers on Oct. 29.
“We have about three weeks to get ready for a conference rival in Boston, but now we have some information to learn from and move forward,” Clark said.