New Hampshire's Ellen Pelletier swept the one- and three-meter dives against Central Connecticut State.
New Hampshire's Ellen Pelletier swept the one- and three-meter dives against Central Connecticut State.
Courtesy: America East Communications

Forest, Smith, Siu and Pelletier Take Weekly Honors

Release: 11/09/2010
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Four America East swimming and diving student-athletes from three universities earned weekly honors this week for their contributions to team victories. Two University of Maine freshmen, James Forest (Columbia, Md./Atholton) and Tim Smith (Bangor, Maine/Bangor) earned Male Swimmer of the Week and Diver of the Week honors, respectively. Binghamton University sophomore Tiffany Siu (Hong Kong, China/S.T.F.A. Leung Kau Kui) grabbed Female Swimmer of the Week accolades while University of New Hampshire sophomore Ellen Pelletier took home Female Diver of the Week recognition.

Forest helped lead the Black Bears to a win over conference foe Stony Brook on Saturday. The freshman recorded two individual wins, touching first in the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 55.87 as well as in the 200-yard individual medley, finishing in 2:01.02. Forest also finished third in the 200-yard backstroke and was a member of the second-place 200 medley relay as he helped the Black Bears to their second straight victory.

Smith, a classmate of Forest, swept the diving events in Maine’s home meet against Stony Brook. The freshman posted scores of 257.78 on the one-meter dive and 230.25 in the three-meter dive to claim first in both events.

Siu helped the Bearcats to a 160-159 win over the University of Massachusetts. The win was the first for the Bearcats over UMass in their history. Individually, the sophomore won the 400 individual medley in a pool-record time of 4:32.75 in addition to a first-place finish in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:04.62. Siu also swam for two first-place relay teams, including 200 medley relay and the meet-clinching 500 free relay.

Pelletier swept the diving events as New Hampshire topped Central Connecticut State to stay undefeated. Pelletier scored 229.57 on the one-meter dive and 217.19 on the three-meter dive, winning both events for the Wildcats.   

Binghamton University’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams returned to the pool over the weekend to host a dual meet against the UMass. The men came up just short, falling to the Minutemen, 162-157, in their best showing against UMass since they began competing in 2006. The women’s team edged UMass by one point, 160-159. The foursome of Joe Perez-Rogers (Woodstock, N.Y./Woodstock), Phil Dzieniszewski (Queens, N.Y./Benjamin Cardozo), Jason Chen (Livingston, N.J./Livingston) and David Gleason (New York, N.Y./Robert Louis Stevenson) started the Bearcats off with a first-place finish and a pool-record time of 1:33.72 in the 200 medley relay. Gleason, a sophomore, the defending America East champion in the 500 free, also touched first in the 500 free with a time of 4:39.87. Gleason is the defending America East champion in the event. Several BU men placed first on the day including Perez-Rogers, Dzieniszewski and Chen. Perez-Rogers, a junior, took the 100 back in a time of 52.02. Dzieniszewski, a senior swam to victory in the 100 breast with a time of 59.73. Chen touched first in the 100 fly with a time of 51.16 and also placed second in the 200 back (1:53.65) and 200 IM (1:55.36). Dzieniszewski and Perez-Rogers finished second and third, respectively in the 50 free. Other winners on the day for the Bearcat men were sophomore Josh Saccurato (Chappaqua, N.Y./Horace Greeley) and junior Nolan Slesnick (Austin, Texas/LBJ-LASA), who won the 200 fly with a time of 1:58.53 and the 400 individual medley in a time of 4:12.68, respectively. Saccurato finished right behind Slesnick in the 400 IM. In the women’s meet, the Bearcats edged out the Minutemen on the last race of the meet, the 500 free relay. The relay team of sophomore Olivia Baczek (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./F.D. Roosevelt), sophomore Caitlin Nelson (Florham Park, N.J./Hanover Park), senior Amanda Ciccone (Suffern, N.Y./Suffern) and sophomore Tiffany Siu (Hong Kong, China/S.T.F.A. Leung Kau Kui) grabbed the win in the event and led the Bearcats to the team victory. Individually, Baczek touched first in the 50 free (25.03), 100 and 200 backstroke (1:00.24, 2:08.26). Ciccone won the 200 IM in a time of 2:07.57, as well as the 100 and 200 free with times of 52.66 and 1:55.01, respectively. Siu swam to victories in the 500 freestyle in a time of 5:04.62, the 200 fly in a time of 2:07.43 and the 400 individual medley in a pool-record 4:32.75. Up next for Binghamton is a trip to Philadelphia, Pa. to take on Drexel University on Saturday, Nov. 13.

Boston University swimming and diving took home wins in both the men’s and women’s meets against Colgate last weekend. The men’s team topped Colgate, 160-71, while the women took home a 148-95 victory. The men won nine events, including seven individual races, en route to their victory. The swimmers were paced by freshman Jeff Thomas (Foxboro, Mass./Bishop Feehan), who took first in the 400 individual medley, posting a time of 4:07.38, and the 500 free, touching first in 4:44.71. Senior Tanner Knorr (San Diego, Calif./Valhalla) led the divers, winning both the one- and three-meter dives, posting scores of 205.80 and 230.09, respectively. The women’s team broke three Colgate pool records in its victory. Junior Amanda Schmitz (Pleasanton, Calif./Foothill) finished the 200 fly in 2:03.24 to grab the record. Shcmitz also claimed first in the 400 individual medley. Freshman Meaghan Grimes (Dracut, Mass./Dracut Senior) set the pool record in the 1000 free, putting up a time of 10:17.47. The third record was broken by the 200 medley relay team of freshman Kendra Cheng (Franklin, Mass./Bishop Feehan), junior  Kristen Conners (Mansfield, Mass./Bishop Feehan), senior Kirsten Tullis (Glenn Mills, Pa./Archmere Academy) and sophomore Liz Floyd (Warren, N.J./Mount Saint Mary Academy) finished first in a time of 1:47.08. Boston U. returns to action Nov. 12 at Stony Brook.

The University of Maine swimming and diving teams hosted America East foe Stony Brook in a dual meet last weekend in Orono, Maine. The Black Bear men topped the Seawolves, 160-134, while the women’s team lost to Stony Brook, 184-116. The men’s team won its second straight meet thanks in large part to a pair of freshmen. James Forest (Columbia, Md./Atholton) led the Black Bears with a pair of victories in the 100 backstroke, finishing in a time of 55.87, and the 200 individual medley, posting a time of 2:01.02. Forest also took third in the 200 back and swam a leg for the second-place 200 medley relay team. Classmate Tim Smith (Bangor, Maine/Bangor) led the Black Bears on the diving board, taking first in both the one- and three-meter dives with scores of 257.78 and 230.25, respectively. The women were led by diver Kara Caposella, who swept the diving events against the Seawolves. Caposella won the one-meter dive with a score of 255.67 and the three-meter dive with a score of 244.65. Next up for the Black Bears is a meet at Keene State against the host school and America East foe Vermont on Nov. 13.

The UMBC swimming and diving teams did not compete this weekend. The Retrievers will return to action on Nov. 13 against in-state rivals Maryland and Towson.

The University of New Hampshire women’s swimming and diving team placed first in 12 events, earning a 190-110 victory at Central Connecticut State University Saturday afternoon. The win keeps the Wildcats unbeaten as they improve to a 3-0 on the season. Senior Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ontario/Ecole Catholique) kicked off the afternoon in stellar fashion, breaking a pool record in her lead-off leg of the 400-yard medley relay (27.31), helping propel the ‘Cats to a first place finish with a time of 3:58.20. She also tallied a pair of first-place finishes in the 200-yard backstroke (2:05.86) and 100-yard butterfly (58.11). Junior Jessica Little (Barrie, Ontario/Barrie Central Collegiate Institute) was equally impressive, breaking a pool record in the 200-yard breast, timing in at 2:21.03. She also claimed first place in the 200-yard IM, touching at 2:10.48. Sophomore Ellen Pelletier (West Hartford, Conn./Conard) also gave the Wildcatsats a lift, sweeping the diving events. Pelletier took first place in the one-meter dive with a score of 229.57 while also claiming first in the three-meter dive,posting a score of 217.19. The Wildcats return to action Saturday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. when they return home to take on the University of Rhode Island at Swasey Pool.

Stony Brook University swimming and diving traveled to Orono, Maine for a conference meet against the Maine Black Bears. The men’s and women’s teams split the weekend, with the men falling to the Black Bears, 160-134, while the women came away with a 184-116 victory. The men’s team, now 1-2 in dual meets this season, pinned down seven victories in 16 events on at the meet. The 134 points is the Seawolves’ highest head-to-head output of the season. The men were led by junior Sean Conway (Oakdale, N.Y./Connetquot), who grabbed two individual wins. Conway touched first in the 50 free in a time of 21.80 and in the 100 free in a time of 48.02. Conway also swam for the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay teams, both of which took first place. The women are now 2-1 after topping Maine. Stony Brook registered its highest team score of the season on Saturday with a 184-point effort. The women won 12 of 16 events, led by freshman Renee Deschenes (Winnipeg, Manitoba/College Louis-Riel), who racked up three individual wins. Deschenes won the 1000 free in a time of 10:46.92, the 200 butterfly in a time of 2:11.31 and the 200 backstroke in a time of 2:08.48. The freshman was also a member of the first-place 400 free relay team. Freshman Allison Zelnick (Troy, Ohio/Troy), junior Darcy Heuser (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville) and junior Taylor Crosby (Port Monmouth, N.J./Middletown) each won two individual events at the meet. The Seawolves face another America East opponent, Boston University, at home on Nov. 12.

The University of Vermont swimming and diving team did not compete last weekend. The Catamounts return to the pool for a tri-meet against Keene State and conference foe Maine on Nov. 13.