VETAL, NY – It was a day to celebrate the past, harness the present and build the future for Binghamton’s swim and dive program.
Both the Bearcat men’s and women’s teams beat Iona for their third straight home game. The men defeated the Gaels 196-92 while the women took a 179-115 decision. The wins marked the Bearcats’ final meeting before next weekend’s Rhode Island Invitational—the biggest meeting of the fall portion of the season.
“We had a lot of good swims today and we fought well”, head coach Jerry Cummiskey said. “We know we can get better and better, but for this weekend I was quite happy with how we raced.”
Before taking on Iona, the Bearcat men’s team received their 2021 America East Championship rings in a short ceremony. It concluded a memorable week that also saw the team honored at Tuesday’s Binghamton basketball doubleheader at the Events Center.
“Last year was such a crazy year and what the men’s team did (by winning the America East title) was amazing,” said Cummiskey. “To be honored at the basketball game and to be handed out their rings today was amazing. These are moments they will always remember.”
Binghamton posted four double winners of the event against Iona – two on both the men’s and women’s sides. For the men, seniors Christopher Egan swept the diving events with scores of 293.70 (one meter) and 276.00 (three meters) while freshmen Elijah Lanfear captured the 100 free (46.70) and 100 flies (50.75). On the women’s side, freshmen Lauren Kuzma took top honors in the 100 flies (1:00.44, tying her with senior teammate Belen Marriaga) and 200 breasts (2:26.77) while sophomore Molly Greeley was first in both the 50 Free (25.16) and the 200 IM (2:11.97).
Lanfear also swam on both first place men’s relay teams. He joined fellow freshmen Keegan Chatham, sophomore Liam Murphy and senior Ryan Board in the 200 medley relay (1:33.45) as well as Murphy, junior Justin Meyn and senior Benjamin Beldner in the 400 free relay (3:06.14).
Other individual winners in the men’s were Meyn in the 50 free (21.33), Chatham in the 200 back (1:54.94), sophomore Xiaoyu Lin in the 200 chest (2:05.23), senior Ryan Board in the 100 chest (57.90) and fellow sophomore Henry Shemet in the 200 IM (1:57.67).
For the Binghamton women’s team, senior Amanda McGraw won the one-meter diving event with a score of 275.03 points. In addition, she met the qualifying standard for the NCAA Zone Meet (265.00) for the second time this season. Her first appearance was against Niagara and Siena on October 9.
Other winners of the event on the women’s side were sophomores Courtney Moane in the 100 chest (1:06.33), fellow sophomore marley zimmerman in the 500 free (5:15.02) Mel Carousso in the 1000 free (10:41.14) and freshmen Jade Liguori in the three meter diving competition (249.08).
Moane and Greeley were also part of the 200 free relay team with fellow sophomores Lara Geelen and Kandice Chandra.
The Rhode Island Invitational takes place Friday through Sunday.