Ochmanski, Weaver, Waresmith And Watson Earn Weekly Swimming And Diving Awards

Release: 11/18/2008
Courtesy: America East Communications

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- Stony Brook’s Lukasz Ochmanski (Lodz, Poland) and Vermont’s Kate Weaver (South Burlington Vt./South Burlington) swam for multiple first-place finishes this week, earning this week’s America East male and female Swimmer of the Week accolades. Boston University’s Tess Waresmith (Dover, Mass./Dover Sherborn). and Andre Watson (Hempstead N.Y./Holy Trinity) were perfect again this week, sweeping the 1- and 3-meter diving events and earning Divers of the Week recognition.

Ochmanski, a sophomore swam for three individual titles this weekend, finishing a full 13 seconds ahead of his closest competition in the 1,000 freestyle (9:54.55). Ochmanski’s success in the 500 free (4”44.72) and the 200IM (1:56.87) were not enough to overthrow the undefeated Terriers, however, as the Seawolves were defeated at Boston University 110-188.

Weaver, a sophomore, helped the Catamounts break two of their four home pool records on the day, swimming a 200IM time of 2:09.40 and a leg in the 400 medley relay which recorded a time of 3:57.80. Later, Weaver went on to finish first in the 100 backstroke, propelling Vermont past conference rival Maine.

Waresmith continues her undefeated diving campaign on the 1- and 3-meter boards into week 7, winning the 1M (281.70) diving event by 50 points. The Terriers would go on to defeat the visiting Black Bears, 200-100.

Watson had another week of impressive scores on the 1M and 3M diving boards, winning both events with a combined score of 576.22. The Boston University men topped the visiting Black Bears, 188-110, and remain undefeated on the season.

Binghamton- The Bearcats did not compete this week, but will look to rebound after last week’s loss to UMass when they return to action on Saturday at the Bucknell Invitational.

Boston U- The Terriers traveled to America East rival Stony Brook this weekend, topping the women, 200-100, and the men, 188-110. The men, who remain undefeated with the win, won eight first-place finishes and were highlighted by sophomore Kyle Ernst who clocked in at 59.85 in the 100 breaststroke and was the only competitor to post a sub-one minute time. For the women, junior Brigette O’Shaughnessy continued her successful campaign in the pool this season, winning the 1000-yard free (10:18.22), the 200 fly (2:10.55) and placing second in the 200 breaststroke (2:30.71).

Boston's Story

Maine- The Black Bears traveled to Vermont where the women fell to the Catamounts, 117-174, and the men defeated Keene State, 162-136. Sophomore Jeremy Bender swam to three individual titles, the 1,000 free (10:09.51), the 500 free (4:56.31) and the 200IM (2:05.55) in the men’s exciting come-from-behind victory. Down 31 points after the first nine events, the Black Bears rallied and won all of the remaining seven events. The Black Bear women had five different athletes win individual events and earned first in the 200 free relay. Kerstin Fenton swam the initial leg of the first-place relay and touched first in the 200IM with a time of 2:15.04.

Maine's Story

UMBC- The Retrievers faced Towson and Maryland this weekend, where the men defeated Towson, 168-132, and fell to the Terps, 134-163, while the women suffered two defeats, 226-70, and, 205-89, respectively. Senior Justin Bronson highlighted the day, winning the 200 free in a time of 1:41.28, and posting the team’s season-best time of 4:38.40 in the 500 free. Sophomore diver Amanda Shinholser won her first career event in the 3-meter boards with 209.78 points and placed second in the 1-meter (189.15).

UMBC's Story

New Hampshire- The Wildcats were not in the water this weekend, but will return to action at Boston University’s Invitational where they face conference foes Boston and Maine.

Stony Brook- The Seawolves lost a hard fought decision to America East rival Boston University, 110-188 for the men, and 100-200 for the women. Stony Brook had the upper hand in the freestyle competition, winning the men’s 1,000-, 500- and 50-yard, and the women’s 200- and 500-yard events. Lukasz Ochmanski, a sophomore for the men’s squad, won three individual events including a dominating performance in the 1,000 yard freestyle (9:54.55). Freshman Darcy Heuser continued her strong rookie campaign, winning the 200 (1:52.70) and 500 free (5:06.69). Heuser also swam a leg of the first-place 200-yard freestyle relay.

Stony Brook's Story

Vermont- The Catamounts hosted America East rival Maine, defeating the women 174-117. Vermont got off to a commanding start, winning the first 12 events of the day and breaking four pool records throughout the afternoon. Sophomore Kate Weaver swam the first leg in the 400 medley relay which set a new pool record with a time of 3:57.80, and would go on to set a pool record of her own in the 200IM (2:09.40). Junior Colleen Clark tallied a number of victories, winning the 200- (1:53.47), 100- (54.15) and 50-free (24.98).

Vermont's Story