VESTAL, New York, January 19. THE Binghamton University swimming and diving squads split a dual meet against visiting St. Bonaventure from the Patricia A. Saunders Aquatic Center.
The men's team swam past the Bonnies 165-135 to record its sixth consecutive dual meet win and improve to 6-4 on the season.
On the women's side, the Bonnies took down the host Bearcats, 181-117.
"We swam great," said head swim coach Sean Clark. "I am just ecstatic about the way our men came out today and performed. We showed a lot of heart and showed great determination in defending our home pool."
Reigning America East Diver of the week junior Ryan Graham (Vestal, N.Y.) swept the diving events and in the process broke his own school record in the 3-meter dive totaling 348 points. Graham won the 1-meter event with a score of 290.70.
In Wednesday's tri-meet versus Stony Brook and Lafayette, Graham had surpassed Jeff Cohen's school record of 306.20 set in 1996 with a score of 322.10. His recent performances have secured him a spot in the NCAA Zone 'A' Championships on March 14-16 at the University at Buffalo.
Junior Brenno Varanda (St. Petersburg, Fla.) picked up a pair of individual wins for the Bearcats. Varanda won the 200-IM in 1:55.09 and the 200-breast in a pool-record 2:06.81. His time topped former Bearcat Chris McGuire's 2:07.21 performance back in 2002.
Also contributing with individual victories for the men, was
senior Joe Rogan (Ithaca, N.Y.) and juniors Sean Lorenz (Norwich, N.Y.) and Andrew Palumbo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.).
Rogan captured the 100-free in 48.89, Lorenz led a BU sweep in the 100-back in a time of 53.75, and Palumbo took the 100-breast in 59.44.
Juniors Kristin Maney (New Paltz, N.Y.) and Kate Hassfurter (Horseheads, N.Y.), as well as freshman Brittany Detlef (Rochester, N.Y.) led the women's efforts on the afternoon.
Maney and Hassfurter claimed the top two spots in both the 1- and 3-meter dives. Maney won the 1-meter dive with a score of 238.12, while Hassfurter claimed first in the 3-meter with a score 258.97.
Detlef captured the 200-IM in a time of 2:17.72 to record her sixth win of the season.
Special thanks to Binghamton for contributing this report.