Binghamton Men, Northeastern Women Take America East Crowns -- February 17, 2003
ORONO, Maine. Feb. 17. NORTHEASTERN University women successfully defended their fourth straight title while the Binghamton University men took the men’s crown at the America East Swimming and Diving Championships held at Stanley M. Wallace Pool on the University of Maine campus.
The Binghamton men finished with 771 points followed by Boston University (678), Stony Brook University (644.50), University of New Hampshire (523), University of Maine (397.50), and University of Vermont (189).
The Northeastern women totaled 821.50 points. New Hampshire was second with 774.50 points followed by Binghamton (518), Boston University (489.50), Maine (384), Stony Brook (219.50) and Vermont (188).
The Bearcats who led Boston University by 60.5 points after day two, continued their impressive run, increasing their lead throughout the day Sunday. In the men’s 1650-yard Freestyle Binghamton took three of the top six places. Finishing first for the Bearcats was Magnus Lofgren with a time of 16:20.15, coming in second was Axel Hellstrom (16:45.38) and in sixth place was Kevin Kozolowski (17:06.16).
Binghamton’s Robert Kaczynski won the men’s 200-yard Breaststroke with a time of 2:04.84. In the men’s 200-yard Butterfly the Bearcats put on another impressive performace taking home three of the top four finishes; Chris McGuire set a new America East Championship Record with a time of 1:49.16, coming in second was Wael Dowdiar (1:56.18), and in fourth place was Jim Fahlbusch (1:58.53).
Stony Brook’s Nathan French took first place in the men’s 200-yard Backstroke with a time of 1:55.19, while his teammates took home the fifth through seventh positions; Jason Ferrara came in fifth (2:01.76), Kyle Thorton was sixth (2:02.94), and Yohann Littee finished seventh (2:03.10).
Boston University’s Mike Kelly won the men’s 100-yard Freestyle with a time of 46.50. The Terriers also took home four of the top seven diving places. Boston University Sophomore Victor Paguia took first place for the second straight year with a score of 524.85, teammates Daniel Brown took fourth place (353.60), Bryan Martinez took fifth (349.30) and finishing seventh was James Yon (308.95).
New Hampshire took home the men’s 400-yard Freestyle Relay with a time of 3:07.16, competing in this event for the Wildcats was; Doug Heller, Dan Brittan, Deron Huff and Jarrod Zwirko.
The Northeastern women led the Championship from day one and capped it off with yet another impressive showing Sunday. Northeastern was able to show their depth in the 200-yard Breastsroke when they placed three swimmers in the top four; Kristen Kane took home second place with a time of 2:20.98, Katherine Kane finished third (2:22.95) and in fourth was Emily Rochefort (2:24.96). The Huskies also placed third in the women’s 400-yard Freestyle Relay with a time of 3:32.35.
The Binghamton women were able to move up from fourth position to third in the final day, with strong performances in the 100-yard Freestyle by Huijue Cai who won the event in a time of 50.77, while fellow Bearcat Laura Linek finished in second (52.23). Fellow Bearcat Yun Qu took home the gold in the women’s 200-yard Butterfly with a time of 2:01.21. Binghamton was also able to capture the women’s 400-yard Freestyle Relay with a time of 3:28.38 which is a new America East Championship Record, this event was swam by; Stefanie Gerber, Yun Qu, Laura Linek, and Cai Huijue.
New Hampshire Junior Kristen Nardozzi won the women’s 1650-yard Freestyle with a time of 17:17.25, while teammate Melissa Lague took home the victory in the women’s 200-yard Backstroke with a time of 2:02.06 which is a new America East Championship Record. Wildcat freshman Shannon Daly also received a gold medal when she won the 200-yard Breaststroke with a time of 2:18.96.
Binghamton junior Chris McGuire was named the Men’s Outstanding Swimmer of the Year, while New Hampshire freshman Shannon Daly was named the Women’s Outstanding Swimmer of the Year.
Boston University’s Victor Paguia was named Men’s Outstanding Diver of the Year, while teammate Stacey Gallagher was named Women’s Outstanding Diver of the Year. Their coach Agnes Miller took home both the Men and Women’s Outstanding Diving Coach of the Year.
Benji DeMotte of Binghamton won the Men’s Outstanding Coach of the Year, while Northeastern’s Roy Coates took home the Women’s Outstanding Coach of the Year.
Results: 2003 America East Swimming & Diving Championships