Spring 2011

Spring sports briefs

Indoor track: Senior Erik van Ingen finished fifth in the men’s mile at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, earning him an All-America title. He is the seventh athlete in Binghamton’s decade-long Division I history to earn All-America honors. Earlier in the season, van Ingen had been named the America East Men’s Most Outstanding Track Performer at the America East Indoor Track & Field Championships and the Northeast Region Men’s Track Athlete of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA). Van Ingen now has four career America East individual titles and is the third Bearcat in a row to be named the men’s top performer of the indoor meet (senior Cazal Arnett held the title the previous two years.) Van Ingen, who last season set a Binghamton record by running the mile in 3:59:58, set a new record this year with a time of 3:57:11 at the Boston/Valentine’s Day Meet. It was the fifth-fastest time recorded in the NCAA for this indoor season.

The Binghamton coaching staff, led by Mike Thompson, was named the top staff of the year at the America East championships. Joining him were assistant coaches Natilee Dawkins, Annette Acuff and Gabe Fletcher. Later, Acuff was named USTFCCCA Northeast Region Men’s Indoor Assistant Coach of the Year.

The men’s indoor track squad finished the season second behind Albany, and the women finished eighth. 

Men’s basketball:  The men’s basketball team ended the regular season 4–12, finishing lower than sixth place for the first time in the school’s 10-year America East history. The Bearcats, seeded 9th, beat UMBC, seeded 8th, in the opening game of the America East championship tournament, but lost to top-seeded Vermont in the quarterfinals.

Women’s basketball: The women’s basketball team ended the regular season 11–5. The team was seeded No. 3 going into the America East championship tournament and fell to No. 2 seed Boston University in the semifinals.

Wrestling: The Bearcats finished the regular season 16–6, breaking the old record for wins in a season set by the Division III squad in 1974–75. The team’s season win percentage of 73 percent is also the highest in 30 years; the 1979–80 team went 9–2, or 82 percent. In the post-season, Binghamton wrestling crowned three individual champions (out of its six finalists) but fell short of defending its team title at the Colonial Athletic Association Championship in early March. The Bearcats compiled 78.5 points, second only to Hofstra (94) at the seven-team event. Six wrestlers went on to the NCAA championships, where losses and injuries ended their bids for titles.

Swimming and diving: The Binghamton swimming and diving program ended the 2010–11 season with the men finishing third and the women finishing fifth in the America East Championships. This was the men’s fourth consecutive third-place finish, behind University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and Boston University, despite scoring 100 points more than last season. Before this season, the women had not had a top-five finish since 2003–04. Jason Chen, Phil Dzieniszewski, Anthony Foiles, Joe Perez-Rogers, Josh Saccurato, Nolan Slesnick, Amanda Ciccone and Tiffany Siu earned all-conference honors. Both teams shared Coaching Staff of the Year awards, the women with New Hampshire and the men with UMBC.