Kutt, Cantwell, Graham, and Waresmith Earn Swimming and Diving Weekly Accolades

Release: 01/15/2008
Courtesy: America East Communications

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--UMBC's Rasmus Kutt and Tina Cantwell earned weekly honors as America East Men's and Women's Swimming Performers of the Week, while Binghamton University's Ryan Graham and Boston University's Tess Waresmith were named America East Men's and Women's Diving Performers of the Week. The conference made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon.

Sophomore Kutt (Tallinn, Estonia/Gustav Adolf Gymnazium) notched his seventh-straight victory in the 200 backstroke last Thursday as the Retrievers defeated Maryland in their first meeting in seven years. Kutt swam a time of 1:53.75 to lead a Retriever sweep of the 200 back and also led off the 400 medley relay with a blistering 100 back split of 51.19, which the Retrievers won in 3:27.73.

Junior Cantwell (Sinking Spring, Pa./The Hill School) continued her unbeaten streak in the 200-yard breaststroke in the Retrievers’ win against Maryland, extending it to eight meets this season and 16 straight meets as she turned in a time of 2:19.99 to lead a Retriever sweep. Cantwell has not lost the 200 breaststroke since Oct. 28, 2006, when she placed second in the event against Navy. Cantwell also swam the breaststroke leg of the Retrievers’ winning 400 medley relay team which swam a time of 3:56.78.

Junior Graham (vestal, N.Y./Vestal) broke a 17-year old school record in the 1-meter diving event and became the first Bearcat to qualify for NCAA Zones highlighting the Binghamton men's swimming and diving squad's sweep of Buffalo and Drexel over the weekend. In 1-meter dive, Graham broke the previous school record of 279.70 set in 1990 with a six-dive score of 318.07. His score surpassed the NCAA Zones qualifying score on the 1-meter (290) and will advance to the NCAA competition in March. Against Buffalo, Graham captured runner-up honors in both the 1- and 3-meter events, with 270.53 and 275.78 points, respectively.

Junior Waresmith (Dover, Mass./Dover Sherborn) remained undefeated on both boards. She continued her dominance on both the 1- and 3-meter boards with 269.85 points and 304.88 points, respectively.

Team Results:

The Binghamton swimming and diving teams split a dual meet with Buffalo on Friday afternoon at the Patricia A. Saunders Aquatic Center. In its first action of 2008, the BU men's team cruised to a 144-98 victory, while the women's team dropped a 140-99 decision. The Binghamton swimming and diving squads split with visiting Drexel on Saturday at the Patricia A. Saunders Aquatic Center. The Bearcat men picked up a 145-96 victory, while the Dragons were victorious, 137-105. [Binghamton Story]

Boston University
The Boston University men's swimming and diving team defeated Dartmouth, 189.5-110.5, while the women's squad dropped a tight meet, 154-146, to the Big Green on Saturday afternoon at Karl Michael Pool. The men's team claimed first place in 14-of-16 events, while Eve Kinsella picked up three victories and Sarah Doersam and Tess Waresmith were multi-event winners for the women's squad. [Boston Story]

The Black Bears will return to action when they travel to Providence College on January 19, 2008.

The UMBC and University of Maryland men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams met for the first time after a seven-year hiatus as the Retrievers downed the Terps in dominating fashion on Thursday night at the UMBC Natatorium. The men were victorious by a score of 142-92, while the women earned the win by a score of 134-99. [UMBC Story]

New Hampshire
The Wildcats return to action Saturday, January 19, 2008 for a 1:30 PM meet against Boston University and Northeastern.

Stony Brook
The Seawolves will return to action January, 16th when both teams travel to Easton, Penn., to take on Lafayette and Binghamton.

The University of Vermont women’s swimming and diving team earned a pair of victories on Sunday afternoon, defeating host Holy Cross 225-74 and edging Central Connecticut State 164-135. The Catamounts improve to 8-5 on the season with the win as they have now won six straight. [Vermont Story]