Swimming-diving teams fall to CornellTweet
The Binghamton University swimming and diving program was once again defeated by Cornell University on Dec. 4. The Bearcats have never beaten the Big Red since they began competing on the Division I level. The men (2-2) fell 154-146, while the women (3-1) were handed their first loss of the season, 189-111.
Four different Binghamton men swam to multiple victories during the meet. Senior Jason Chen won three events while Phil Dzieniszewski, Joe Perez-Rogers and David Gleason each won two. The foursome also broke the pool record for the 400 medley relay, finishing in a time of 3:26.04.
The senior duo of Chen and Dzieniszewski got the Bearcats off to a fast start, but Binghamton could not hold off its upstate rival. Chen won the 50 free (21.67), 100 free (47.67) and 100 IM (52.99). Dzieniszewski touched first in the 50 breast (56.44) and 50 fly (23.46). Junior Joe Perez-Rogers placed first in both backstroke events, finishing with a time of 24.13 in the 50 back and 51.49 in the 100 back. Sophomore David Gleason won a pair of distance events, taking the 200 (1:42.74) and 500 free (4:42.85).
Sophomores Tim Cabasino and Josh Saccurato had solid performances for Binghamton. The classmates finished second and third in the 100 fly, while placing in the top three in other events. Cabasino touched third in the 100 breast (1:00.47) as Saccurato did the same in the 100 back (54.30).
Sophomore Anthony Foiles faired the best for Binghamton on the boards. He placed third in both the one and three-meter dive. Foiles earned the Bearcats six points with scores of 251.55 in the meter dive and 258.08 in the three-meter.
The men finished off the meet on a high note, winning the 200 free relay. The foursome of Gleason, Perez-Rogers, Cabasino and Dzieniszewski won the event in the time of 1:25.65, touching just before the Cornell team (1:25.81).
The women, riding a three-meet winning streak, received another standout performance from senior captain Amanda Ciccone. She won the 100 fly (56.44), 100 free (52.42) and 100 IM (59.78) while swimming the anchor leg on the first place 400 medley relay team. Ciccone has won multiple events in every Binghamton dual meet this season.
Sophomore Tiffany Siu was the only other winner on the day for the Bearcats, but there were several strong performances. Siu won the 500 free in a time of 5:04.54. Seniors Brittany Detlef and Danielle Gallo swam well for the Bearcats. Detlef touched second and third in the 50 fly and 50 back, respectively. Gallo swam to a pair of third-place finishes in the 50 and 100 breast.
Freshman Racquel Giner placed second behind Ciccone in the 100 IM with a time of 1:02.60. She also finished fourth in the 200 free.
On the boards for the women, Morgan Neal placed second in the three-meter dive with a score of 212.78. In the meter dive, Jenna Easton was Binghamton’s top scorer, finishing third with a total of 205.35.
Binghamton is off until Jan. 14, when the Bearcats welcome Niagara to the Patricia A. Saunders Aquatic Center.