Ciccone, Ernst Earn Weekly Awards
Ciccone led the Bearcat women to their third straight win to open the season. The senior won three individual events, pacing the field in the 200 free with a time of 1:53.19, the 50 free with a time of 24.11 and the 200 IM in 2:08.68. Her times in the 200 free and 50 free were season bests. Ciccone also swam a leg on the first-place 400 freestyle relay, which posted a time of 3:36.87.
Ernst led the Terriers to a team win at the Boston University Terrier Invitational over the weekend, where the Terriers paced a field of six teams. The senior posted season-best times in the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke. Ernst finished the 200 IM in 1:51.86 and the 100 breast in 56.18 on his way to winning both events. Ernst also swam a leg on the Terriers’ first-place 400-yard medley relay team.
The Binghamton University men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs swept Marist over the weekend. The men’s team defeated Marist, 166-125, to improve its record to 2-1 while the women topped the Red Foxes, 167-133, to start the season 3-0 for the first time since 2002-03. The men had seven different winners on the day, including a pair of sweeps in two events. The men finished one-two-three in the 50 free and 100 breast. Senior Phil Dzieniszewski (Queens, N.Y./ Benjamin Cardozo) took the 50 free in a time of 21.64 and was followed by sophomores David Gleason (New York, N.Y./Robert Louis Stevenson) and Tim Cabasino (Long Beach, N.Y./Long Beach). Jason Chen (Livingston, N.J./Livingston) placed first in the 100 breast with a lifetime best time of 1:00.66, while Andrew Ellman (Yonkers, N.Y./Fordham Prep) and Josh Saccurato (Chappaqua, N.Y./Horace Greeley) followed close behind. Cabasino and Gleason were winners themselves on Saturday, touching first in the 200 breast (2:17.44) and 100 free (47.47), respectively. Freshman Morgan Lloyd (Placerville, Calif./Union Mine) earned his first collegiate victory after winning the 200 fly in a time of 1:59.47. Sophomore Anthony Foiles (Pomona, N.Y./North Rockland) dove to a pair of second place finishes on the one-meter (229.20) and three-meter (239.18) boards for Binghamton. For the Binghamton women, Amanda Ciccone (Suffern, N.Y./Suffern) and TIffany Siu (Hong Kong, China/S.T.F.A. Leung Kau Kui College) each placed first in three different events. Ciccone won the 200 free (1:53.19), 50 free (24.11) and 200 IM (2:08.68). Siu swam to victory in the 200 fly (2:04.81), 100 fly (57.81) and 100 free (53.43). Sophomore Olivia Baczek (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./F.D.Roosevelt) swept the two backstroke events with times of 1:00.17 in the 100 and 2:08.47 in the 200. She also touched second just behind Ciccone in the 50 free, giving Binghamton the one-two finish. All three women swam a leg on the first-place 400 free relay, which finished in a time of 3:36.87. On the boards for Binghamton, junior Jenna Easton (Churchville, N.Y./Churchville-Chili) finished with a pair of second-place showings in the one-meter and three-meter dives. Binghamton is off next weekend, but welcomes Cornell to the Patricia A. Saunders Aquatic Center on Saturday, December 4.
Boston University swimming and diving hosted its Terrier Invitational meet over the weekend. Both the Terrier men and women came out on top, with the men amassing 801 points to lead six men’s teams while the women posted 865.5 points to pace eight women’s squads. The men were led by senior Kyle Ernst (Seekonk, Mass./Seekonk), who began his weekend with a win in the 200 IM, finishing in 1:51.86, before claiming top honors in the 100 breast with a time of 56.18. Ernst also swam on the winning 400-medley relay team, and the 200 medley relay team. The women’s team was paced by freshman Meaghan Grimes (Dracut, Mass./Dracut Senior). Grimes raced the 1650 free finishing in 16:44.62 and setting a school record in the 1,000 free with her 10:06.66 split. The Terrier women combined to win 10 events in the invitational as they dominated the field, scoring 401.5 points more than the second-place Massachusetts team. Boston University returns to the pool December 3 when it hosts a dual meet against Harvard.
University of Maine men’s and women’s swimming and diving did not have a meet last weekend. The next meet for the Black Bears is the URI invitational in Kingston, R.I., December 3-4.
The UMBC men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams competed in the Patriot Invitational in Fairfax, Va., last weekend. The men dominated the invitational, scoring 1,097 points, 504 above second place UNC Wilmington while the women successfully defended their Patriot Invitational title with 977 points, 169 points ahead of second-place UNCW. For the men Eric Jones (Gambrills, Md./Arundel) won the 200 free (1:40.06), while freshman Johan Rohtla (Tallinn, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) won the 100 back in a meet-record time of 49.96 and finished second in the 200 back in a UMBC-record 1:48.36. Junior John Mendenhall (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East) won the 200 breast in 2:05.86 and sophomore Pierre De Waal (Pretoria, South Africa/Tuks Sport/Cleveland State) earned a first-place finish in the 200 fly in 1:50.49. Senior Brad Reitz (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) won the 200 IM in 1:52.74. For the UMBC women, sophomore Tara Morrissette (Somersworth, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas) won two events, the 200 fly (2:02.80) and the 200 IM (2:06.20), while finishing second in the 400 IM in a UMBC-record time of 4:24.05. Senior Sarah Ryan (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Oceanside) won the 100 fly in a school-record 55.15, while two Retriever relays also broke school records. The women’s 400 free-relay team of junior Ashley Miller (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach), freshman Erika Ronning (Western Springs, Ill./Lyons Township), senior Danielle Cruz (Catonsville, Md./Western Tech) and junior Abbey McKenney (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine) broke the UMBC and Patriot Invitational meet record in a time of 3:25.99. The women’s 200-yard medley relay team of junior Kathryn Moorby (Cape May, N.J./Lower Cape May Regional), freshman Talor Tadena (Orangevale, Calif./Bella Vista), Ryan and Miller broke the UMBC record and finished third in a time of 1:44.15. The Retrievers return to action January 8 against Drexel and Howard in Philadelphia, Pa.
The University of New Hampshire women’s swimming and diving team competed in the Boston University Terrier Invitational this past weekend. Led by a record-breaking performance from senior Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ontario/Ecole Catholique), the University of New Hampshire women’s swimming and diving team earned fourth place. Perrault broke the program record in the 100-yard butterfly (54.71), taking second place in the event, as New Hampshire racked up 453.5 points on the weekend. In addition to her record-breaking swim, Perrault also took second place in the 200-yard backstroke (2:03.63), while claiming third in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:06.19. Aside from her individual production on the weekend, Perrault was instrumental in giving the ‘Cats an early edge on day one of the weekend, leading UNH to fifth- and sixth-place finishes in the 200-yard free relay and 400-yard free relay, respectively. Shelli Reed (Hollister, Calif./San Benito), who was also a member of both relay teams, gave New Hampshire a lift individually on day one, grabbing fifth place in the 50-yard free, clocking in at 24.33. She also took second in the 100-yard free with a time of 52.43. Jessica Little (Barrie, Ontario/Barrie Central Collegiate Institute) added a solid effort in the 200-yard breaststroke, notching second place, timing in at 2:20.32. The Wildcats return to action on Sunday, December 5 at 2 p.m., when they travel to the University of Vermont to take on the Catamounts at Forbush Natatorium.
Stony Brook University swimming and diving did not have a meet over the weekend. The Seawolves will return to the pool for the ECAC meet in East Meadows, N.Y., December 3-5.
The University of Vermont women improved to 7-1 on the season with a 160-100 win on the road over Bryant on Sunday afternoon. The Catamounts broke eight Bryant pool records in the process. Four different Catamounts recorded multiple victories on the day, led by sophomore Kailey Gardner (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca) who won three races. Gardner won the 400 IM (4:32.79) and 200 freestyle (1:55.43) in pool-record times, while also winning the 500 free (5:10.56). Junior Avery Pittman (Raleigh, N.C./Enloe) won both butterfly events in pool-record times, taking the 100 (59.37) and leading a Vermont podium sweep in the 200 (2:10.78), while senior Kate Weaver (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington) swept the backstroke events, winning the 100 (58.11) and 200 (2:06.15). Weaver’s time in the 200 also set a new pool mark. For the second straight week, junior Caitlin Dowd (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) won both the 100 (109.28) and 200 (2:28.21) breaststroke events, setting a pool record in the 200 in the process. Also breaking pool records were junior Katie Heenan (Clarendon Hills, Ill./Hinsdale Central) in the 1,650 free with a time of 18:04.90 and the 800 freestyle relay team made up of Weaver, Pittman, Gardner and Heenan in 7:50.66. Sophomore Abby Mundt (Madison, Wis./West) wrapped up the Catamount victories by leading a one-two-three finish in the 100 freestyle with a time of 55.29. The Catamounts return to action on December 4 for their home opener when they host Yale, starting at 12 p.m.
Each of the seven America East swimming and diving programs is idle this upcoming weekend. With the weekend off, there will be no swimming and diving report next week. The next reporting date will be Tuesday, December 7.