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Swimming and Diving Teams Fall to Binghamton

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 12/02/2012
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The Binghamton University men's and women's swimming and diving teams traveled to Buffalo and swept Canisius College on Sunday afternoon in the Koessler Athletic Center pool, with the Bearcats winning on the men's side by a score of 199-101 and in the women's event by a final tally of 191-109.

The Golden Griffins' 200-yard medley relay team of Shawn Parkhurst, Tyler Carver, Sean Stegmoller and Nick Sereday set a new pool record in the day's second event, as the Griffs won that race with a final time of 1:36.23, besting the previous record by .43 seconds. Individually, Parkhurst also set the pool record in the men's 200 butterfly with his time of 1:52.55, 1.74 seconds faster than the previous pool record set by St. Bonaventure's Elias Homerin earlier this season. On the women's side, Canisius freshman Clare Battaglia set a new Koessler pool record in the 100-yard backstroke with her time of 1:00:12, which was .38 seconds faster than the previous pool mark, which was set in 2008-09.

"This was a chance for us to get our team to compete in the events they will be swimming at the MAAC Championships in February," Canisius head coach Scott Vanderzell said. "I thought we did a pretty good job today despite the score. This was a good chance for us to learn some things in races and understand some of the smaller points that will be crucial toward our success when we get to the conference championships in a few months."

In the men's event, Carver won the 100-yard breaststroke race with his time of 59.40, and Parkhurst won the 200 butterfly with his pool record time. Carver took second in the 200-yard breaststroke race, while freshman Spencer Bray and sophomore Sean Wurster took second and third place respectively in the 500-yard freestyle. Parkhurst also placed second in the 100-yard butterfly with his time of 51.75, just .07 seconds behind race winner Tim Cabasion from Binghamton.

In the men's diving events, sophomore Eddie Quarantillo placed third in the 3-meter diving competition with his score of 244.35, while juniors Joel Kowalski and Jake Kowalski took fourth and fifth. In the 1-meter, Quarantillo also placed second with his score 259.71.

Battaglia won two events on Sunday, as she posted the top time in the 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard backstroke races. She also placed second in the 200-yard IM, .37 seconds behind winner Lauren Flower from Binghamton. Sophomore Marissa Oakey placed second in the 200-yard freestyle and fifth in the 100-yard freestyle, while junior teammate Anna Schena placed second in the 1,000-yard free and 500-yard free events. Junior Kelli Graber finished second in the 50-yard freestlye and third in the 100-yard freestyle race.

Freshman diver Audrey Mulhisen won both the 3-meter and 1-meter diving competitions for the Blue and Gold, as she posted 215.70 points in the 3-meter event before scoring 219.52 in the 1-meter. Sophomore Taylor Epstein placed second behind Mulhisen in the 3-meter with her score of 208.42 and she took third-place honors in the women's 1-meter with her score of 207.52.

Both the Canisius men's and women's swimming and diving teams will be back in action Tuesday, Dec. 4, when the Griffs travel to take part in another dual meet at Cleveland State. Action is set to begin at 4 p.m.
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