Binghamton Swimming & Diving Announces Captains for 2017-18

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Binghamton Swimming & Diving, a Division I – America East Conference program recently named eight swimmers, four male and four female as captains for the 2017-18 season.

The women took fifth at the AEC Championships this season highlighted by sophomore Brooke Pettis‘ third-place finish in the 100 butterfly. The men competed at the ECAC Championships where they finished fourth. Senior Liam Cashin lead the Bearcat men with a fifth-place finish in the 200 IM.

Binghamton Swimming & Diving Names 2017-18 Captains

VESTAL, N.Y. – Head swimming and diving coach Brad Smith announced the captains for the 2017-18 season today. Four females and four males were named.

“I am proud and excited for our new captains, said Brad Smith. “Each were selected because they define what is to be a BEARCAT swimmer and diver by their teammates and coaches. Additionally, they all bring a unique perspective and set of skills and talent necessary to successfully lead our teams forward. A better group could not have been selected and I have bit of confidence in the leadership of these young men and women.”

On the women’s side, Kristen Pozmanter, Maria Trivino, Jenna Rice and Bridget Johanson were selected.

Pozmanter is a senior business major and member of the National College Athlete Honor Society. In her freshman season, she set the first-year record in the 1000 and currently sits sixth all time in the 1,000 and fifth in the mile.

Trivino, a senior chemistry major, was honored with the H2O award (hardest to outdo) in both her sophomore and junior seasons. She placed fifth in the 200 IM and seventh in the 400 IM at the 2016-17 America East Championships and currently ranks third all time in the breaststroke and second all-time in the 200 and 400 IM.

Rice and Johanson are both senior business marketing majors that have been with the program for three seasons. Johanson ranks ninth all-time in the 1,000 and seventh in the mile.

On the men’s side, Travis Blank, Max Willard, Alex Brion and Zachary Kaplan were honored.

Blank is a senior biomedical engineering major who enters his second season as a team captain. He is a member of the National College Honor Society and Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Fraternity. He was named the 2015-16 Bearcat swimmer of the year and was voted most improved in 2014-15. He currently ranks sixth all-time in the 100 back.

Willard, a junior economics major, enters his first season as captain for the Bearcats. He sits fifth all-time in the 1,000 free, seventh in the mile, ninth in the 200 back and eighth in the 400 IM.

Brion another junior who is studying environmental science went undefeated in the 50 and 100 free during the 2016-17 season. He was named the Binghamton Athletics Athlete of the Week once this past season and also earned the H2O award and team MVP in 2016-17. He ranks third all-time in the 50 free and sixth in the 100 free.

The final captain on the men’s side, Zach Kaplan is a junior economics major. He was voted most improved for the 2015-16 season and named Bearcat Swimmer/Diver of the year this past season. He earned Dean’s List distinction in the fall of 2015 and spring of 2016 as well as the Athletics Director’s Honor Roll. He holds the freshman record in the 200 backstroke and placed seventh in the 200 back and eighth in the 100 back at the 2017 ECAC Championships.

Press release courtesy of Binghamton Athletics.