Binghamton junior Nolan Slesnick won a pair of individual events in the Bearcats win over Niagara.
Binghamton junior Nolan Slesnick won a pair of individual events in the Bearcats win over Niagara.
Courtesy: America East Communications

Connors, Matyas, Slesnick and Smith Snag Weekly Awards

Release: 01/18/2011
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Boston University women’s swimming and diving team hosted America East rival University of New Hampshire in a dual meet on Monday, beating the Wildcats, 184-113. Two Terrier women were tabbed America East performers of the week for their contributions to the win. Junior Kristen Connors (Mansfield, Mass./Bishop Feehan) earned Swimmer of the Week honors while sophomore Melinda Matyas (Budapest, Hungary/Eotvos Jozsef Gimnazium) grabbed Diver of the Week accolades. On the men’s side, Binghamton University junior Nolan Slesnick (Austin, T.X./LBJ-LASA) took Swimmer of the Week recognition and University of Maine freshman Tim Smith (Bangor, Maine/Bangor) got the nod as Diver of the Week.

Connors posted two individual wins and one relay win against New Hampshire. The junior swept the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events, posting times of 1:03.69 and 2:18.44, respectively. Connors has posted the top times in America East in each of those events this season. She also swam on the Terriers’ first-place 200 medley-relay team.

Matyas won both the one-meter and three-meter diving events against the Wildcats. She scored a 292.20 on the one-meter board and 292.35 on the three-meter board. The sophomore has now been named America East Diver of the Week five times this season.

Slesnick led the Bearcats to a victory over Niagara on Friday, earning individual wins in the 200 free and 200 fly. The junior touched first in the 200 free with a time of 1:49.16 and in the 200 fly with a time of 2:00.07. He also swam a leg on the Bearcats’ winning 200 free relay.

Smith swept the diving events in Maine’s 185-110 win over Providence. The freshman won a pair of one-meter dives with scores of 271.35 and 279.23.

Binghamton University swimming and diving swam two meets in two days, with both the men’s and women’s teams splitting their dual meets. The men defeated Niagara, 125-107, but fell at Buffalo 145-87. The women also defeated Niagara, 140-94, at home, then lost at Buffalo, 138-96. Junior Nolan Slesnick (Austin, T.X./LBJ-LASA) led the men to victory by winning the 200 free (1:49.16) and 200 fly (2:00.07), while swimming a leg in the first-place 200 free relay team against Niagara. Seniors Jason Chen (Livingston, N.J./Livingston), Phil Dzieniszewski (Queens, N.Y./Benjamin Cardozo) and Dan Feeley (Rye, N.Y./Rye) all touched first during that meet. Chen won the 200 IM (1:55.47), Dzieniszewski won the 100 free (49.83) and Feeley won the 500 free (4:59.21). Against Buffalo, Freshman Colin Figus (St. Charles, Mo./St. Charles West) was the sole winner on the day for the men as he swam to his first collegiate victory Saturday, winning the 200 breast with a time of 2:15.27. Leading the women to victory against Niagara were sophomores Tiffany Siu (Hong Kong, China/S.T.F.A. Leung Kau Kui) and Karissa Gorman (Southampton, Mass./Hampshire Regional). Siu placed first in the 200 and 500 free with times of 1:56.38 and 5:05.03, respectively. Gorman, a transfer from Duquesne, earned her first victories of her Binghamton career by touching first in the 1000 free (10:52.68) and 200 breast (2:31.40). Against Buffalo, senior Liz Esposito (Brooklyn, N.Y./Midwood) won the one-meter dive with a score of 196.88. Junior Morgan Neal (Rochester, N.Y./Pittsford Sutherland) placed first in the three-meter board with a score of 219.30. Siu and senior Danielle Gallo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown) were the lone winners for the Bearcat swimmers. Siu touched first in the 200 IM in a time of 2:09.30. Gallo swam to victory in the 200 breast with a time of 2:30.00. Binghamton will travel to Olean, N.Y., this Friday to take on St. Bonaventure before returning home Saturday to host Vermont and Colgate.

The Boston University men’s and women’s teams swam against Brown on Saturday, with the men falling to the Bears, 172-126, and the women winning, 171-129. The women also competed against America East foe New Hampshire on Monday at home, beating the Wildcats, 184-113. Against Brown, the men were led by senior Kyle Ernst (Seekonk, Mass./Seekonk), who won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 57.24 and the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:05.75. Against New Hampshire, the Terrier women were led by junior Kristen Connors (Mansfield, Mass./Bishop Feehan), who posted wins in the 100 breast (1:03.69) and 200 breast (2:18.44) and was also a part of the winning 200-medley relay team (1:44.90). In the diving events, sophomore Melinda Matyas (Budapest, Hungary/Eotvos Jozsef Gimnazium) won on the one-meter (292.20) and three-meter boards, posting scores of 292.20 and 292.35, respectively. The Terriers next compete at Villanova on January 28.

University of Maine swept Providence College at home Saturday. The men topped the Friars, 185-110, while the women posted a 207-84 victory. For the men, senior Jeremy Bender (St. Paul, Minn./Highland Park) was solid all day as he won both the 1000-yard freestyle and the 200-yard fly. Bender finished the 1000-yard freestyle in 10:04.37 and touched first in the 200 fly at 2:00.53. Bender was also second in the 200-yard backstroke at 2:03.35. On the boards, freshman Tim Smith (Bangor, Maine/Bangor) won both the one-meter diving events. In the women’s meet, senior Caitlin Shelley (Charlottesville, Va./Western Albemarie) dominated the breaststroke events as she won both the 100- and 200-yard events. Shelley was first in the 100 breaststroke at 1:09.25 and also won the 200 at 2:30.57. Freshman Kara Capossela (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) continued to dominate on the diving boards as she won her 11th and 12th straight events, placing first in both the one-meter and three-meter events.

UMBC did not compete last weekend. The Retrievers return to the pool January 22 for their final home meet of the season against Marist.

University of New Hampshire returned to action against Boston University on January 17, falling to the Terriers, 184-113. Sophomore Shelli Reed (Hollister, Calif./San Benito) took the top spot in the 200-yard freestyle, notching a time of 1:52.87. Her afternoon was rounded out with an impressive outing in the 200-yard medley relay, leading a team that included Amy Perrault (Kirkland Lake, Ontario/Ecole Catholique), Allison Nahin (Hartland, Wisc./Arrowhead) and Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa./Emmaus) to a second place finish with a time of 1:48.09. Senior Kiersten Wollenzien (Holland Landing, Ontario/Dr. John M. Denison) added a first-place finish in the 1000-yard free, clocking in at 10:21.84. New Hampshire also had a strong showing in the 100-yard breaststroke, with Nahin grabbing second place (1:04.12) and junior Casey Albert (Enfield, N.H./Lebanon; 1:07.14) nabbing third place. McCandless snagged the top spot in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:04.88. UNH also got a strong showing from freshman Jenna Bull (Woodstock, New Brunswick/Harbord Collegiate Institute), who took first place in the 200-yard individual medley, touching first at 2:08.32. The Wildcats are back in action Saturday, January 22, at 1 p.m. when they return home to take on Dartmouth College at Swasey Pool.

Stony Brook University took on Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Ariz., on Monday. The men’s team fell, 139-65, while the women also lost, 139.5-64.5. For the men, senior Nathan Fleshman (Monroe, Mich./Monroe) took first in the 1,650 freestyle, touching in 17:38.74. Fleshman finished nearly 18 seconds ahead of the second-place competitor in the event. He also took second in the 500 freestyle with a mark of 5:05.93. Junior Sean Conway (Oakdale, N.Y./Connetquot) also turned in a solid day with a win in the 200 free (1:46.93) and a second-place finish as part of the 400 free-relay team. Senior Matt McCort (Commack, N.Y./Binghamton) recorded a second-place standing in the 200 fly (2:02.73), while sophomore Hajime Ichikawa (Scarsdale, N.Y./Eastchester) placed second in the 200 breast (2:21.21). For the women, sophomore Julie Policht (Toronto, Ontario/Michael Power) helped the 400 medley-relay team to a first-place finish in 4:04.56. Policht then placed second in the 200 fly with a time of 2:13.98. Junior Darcy Heuser (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville) took second in the 1,650 freestyle in 18:00.95. Sophomore Christie Bodden (Panama City, Panama/Instituto Panamericano) also placed second in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:15.42. Senior Anastasiya Kiryushkina (Moscow, Russia/Korolev Secondary) added another second-place finish with a time of 2:32.11 in the 200 backstroke. Next up for the Seawolves is a January 19 meet at home against Lafayette.

University of Vermont dropped a pair of meets last weekend on the road. The Cats fell at Navy on Saturday, 211-89. Vermont earned three victories on the day in a meet that was kept in short-course meters. Sophomore Kailey Gardner (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca) won the 1,500 in a time of 17:19.31, while senior Kate Weaver (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington) took first in the 100 backstroke in 1:04.99. Junior Lauren Colby (Andover, Mass./Andover) led the Cats to a one-two finish in the three-meter dive, as she won with a score of 222.98, while sophomore Melissa Wheeler (Roanoake, Va./William Byrd) was second. On Sunday, the Cats fell at Dartmouth, 220-80. Weaver earned Vermont’s only two wins on the day, sweeping the two backstroke events, winning the 100 in 58.50 and the 200 in 2:04.65. The Catamounts return to action on Saturday when they travel to face America East rival Binghamton in a meet starting at 12 p.m.