Swimming and diving teams earn a pair of victories on Senior Day
January 25, 2011Tweet
The Binghamton swimming and diving program honored 11 seniors as the team swam in its final home meet of the season Jan. 22. The Bearcat men defeated Colgate while the women beat Vermont, but fell to Colgate at the Patricia A. Saunders Aquatic Center. The men defeated Colgate 166-111, as the women won 178.5-121.5 over Vermont and lost 196-104 to Colgate.
“I was really proud of the way our seniors came out and performed today,” head coach Sean Clark said. “Especially after swimming four meets in nine days. It was a sad day, but I can’t express how impressed I am with this group of seniors. The team really put in a strong effort and gave the home crowd a nice performance. “
The men started off the meet quickly winning the 200 medley relay in a time of 1:37.27. The senior foursome of Kevin Kearney, Phil Dzieniszewski, Ziyad Rohana and Jason Chen got things going in the right direction for the Bearcats. Kearney was a dual winner on the day, taking first place in both backstroke events. He won the 100 back with a time of 54.26 and the 200 in a time of 1:55.79.
Chen closed out his last meet at the Patricia A. Saunders Aquatic Center in style by breaking the pool record in the 200 IM, supplanting Brenno Varanda’s time of 1:54.56. Chen set the new pool record with a time of 1:53.03 with no other swimmer remotely close to him, winning the race by more than six seconds. He also won the 100 free with a time of 47.80.
“From day one when Jason (Chen) saw that record he wanted it,” Clark said. “I told him it would be very difficult to break, but he continued to work every year and now it’s his.”
Dzieniszewski finished his home career with a win as well. He swam to a first place finish in the 50 free with a time of 21.61. Juniors Joe Perez-Rogers and Nolan Slesnick helped their seniors go out in fashion by tallying a couple of wins. Perez-Rogers won the 100 fly (51.46) while Slesnick touched first in the 500 and 1000 free. He won the 500 free with a time of 4:41.02 and the 1000 in a time of 9:40.10.
Sophomores Tim Cabasino and Andrew Ellman gave Binghamton a one-two finish in the 100 breast, scoring much needed points for the Bearcats. Cabasino touched in the winning time of 1:01.74, as Ellman was just a fraction of a second behind with a time of 1:01.75.
Sophomores Anthony Foiles finished first on both boards for Binghamton. Foiles won the one-meter board with a score of 239.55 and the three-meter with a score of 256.65.
On the women’s side, seniors Amanda Ciccone, Danielle Gallo and Brittany Detlef helped Binghamton secure its second straight winning season. Ciccone won the 100 free with a time of 53.11 while Gallo and Detlef swam to a pair of second-place finishes in the 100 breast and 100 fly, respectively.
Sophomores Tiffany Siu and Olivia Baczek assisted the seniors to a win on Saturday with their efforts. Baczek won the 50 free in a time of 25.05 while Siu had a pair of second-place finishes. Siu took second in the 200 fly (2:06.93) and 500 free (5:08.14). Freshman Lauren Flower won the 100 breast in a time of 1:08.45, giving BU the one-two finish with Gallo.
The Binghamton women were dominant on the boards; the trio of Morgan Neal, Jenna Easton and senior Liz Esposito took the 1-2-3 finish in the one-meter board against Vermont. Neal won the event with a score of 209.85. Easton also placed first in the three-meter board with a score of 223.00. Versus Colgate the women put in another strong performance, with a pair of second- and third-place finishes in both boards. Easton and Esposito finished two-three in the three-meter board while Neal and Easton did the same on the meter board.
The 11 seniors who were honored were: Jason Chen, Phil Dzieniszewski, Kevin Kearney, Ziyad Rouhana, Kelsey Anderson, Amanda Ciccone, Brittany Detlef, Liz Esposito,Danielle Gallo, Jordyn Kline and Lyndsi Worthington.