Chen, Heuser, Knorr and Waresmith Earn Weekly Swimming & Diving Awards

Release: 01/21/2009
Courtesy: America East Communications

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-  Binghamton University’s Jason Chen (Livingston, N.J./Livingston) and Stony Brook University’s Darcy Heuser (Centerville, Ohio) garnered this week’s America East male and female Swimmer of the Week accolades, while Boston University’s Tanner Knorr (San Diego, Calif./Valhalla) and Tess Waresmith (Dover, Mass./Dover Sherborn) earned recognition as the male and female Divers of the Week.

Chen, a sophomore, earned multiple individual victories in back-to-back meets this weekend, facing St. Bonaventure on Saturday and Drexel on Sunday.  On Saturday, Chen touched first in the 200 (1:45.44) and 100 free (47.48), following it up with wins in the 100 back (53.35), the 200 back (1:55.85) and the 100 fly (1:51.8) on Sunday.  The Bearcats would go on to win both meets.

Heuser, who has now earned Swimmer of the Week honors twice this season, was the difference maker as the Seawolves topped Lafayette this weekend.  The freshman earned individual victories in the 1,650 (17:59.49), 500 (5:14.24) and 200-yard (1:57.05) freestyles while swimming a leg of the winning 200-yard freestyle relay team (1:42.16).  The points proved valuable in Stony Brooks narrow victory, 160-137.

Knorr, a sophomore for the Terriers, won the 3M diving event twice last week, posting a score of 347.33 against Dartmouth, and 311.18 against Holy Cross.  The Terriers would go on to win both meets and remain undefeated in dual-meet action.  This is Knorr’s first weekly accolade.

Waresmith outdid herself on the diving board this weekend when hosting Dartmouth, breaking the pool and school record on both the 1M and 3M boards with scores of 348.00 and 397.25, respectively.  The senior has continued her success from last year as the reigning female Diver of the Year for America East.  This is Waresmith’s eighth weekly award this season.

Binghamton-  The Bearcats took on Drexel and St. Bonaventure this weekend with the women picking up their first win of the year, topping the Dragons, 168-130, and the men also downing Drexel, 161-139.  Sophomore Jason Chen earned three individual victories against Drexel on Sunday in the 100 back (53.35), 200 back (1:55.85) and the 100 fly (1:51.84) just one day after his first-place finishes in the 200 free (1:45.44) and the 100 free (47.48) against St. Bonaventure.  For the women, sophomore Amanda Ciccone won three events in an important victory against Drexel, posting times of 1:57.94 in the 200 free, 55.03 in the 100 free and 2:13.33 in the 200IM.  Ciccone earned first place in the 50 free (25.05) just a day earlier.  Against St. Bonaventure, the men came out on top, 129-110, while the women fell, 94-148.

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Boston U.-   The Terriers were undefeated this weekend, with the women earning victories against New Hampshire (192-107) and Northeastern (202-97) on Saturday, and Dartmouth (166.5-125.5) on Sunday.  The men remain undefeated in dual-meet action with a win over the Big Green on Sunday, 159-130.  The women’s squad earned 12 individual victories in Sundays competition, including a record-breaking performance by junior Bridgette O’Shaughnessy in the 1,000 free (10:13.89).  The time shaved over four seconds off the previous mark, and was one of the junior’s three individual victories of the weekend.  Diving-phenom Tess Waresmith added her name to the Terrier record book, setting the pool and school record for the 1M and 3M diving events, scoring 348.00 and 397.25, respectively.  For the men, sophomore Tanner Knorr won the 3M diving event against Dartmouth on Sunday (347.33) and earlier in the week against Holy Cross on Tuesday with a score of 311.18.  Freshman Jackson Hill earned an individual victory in each of the squad’s competitions last week, posting a time of 54.24 in the 100 backstroke against Holy Cross, and a time of 21.44 in the 50 free.

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Maine- The Black Bears swept Providence College on Saturday, topping the men, 179-115, and the women, 168-106.  Senior Colleen Miller led the women’s squad, winning the 50, 500 and 1000 free events with times of, 25.37, 5:16.82 and 10:37.76, respectively.  Classmate Courtney Healy pitched in with a pair of victories in the 200 (2:15.95) and 100 backstroke (2:15.95).  Junior Jeremy Bender earned three individual victories of his own to help the men’s cause, winning the 500 free (4:59.61), 1000 free (10:09.95) and 200 fly (2:02.10).  Freshman teammate Andrew Mackeil won the 100 back and 100 fly with respective times of 58.27 and 53.80.

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UMBC- The Retriever men earned a hard-fought tie against East Carolina, 149-149, while the women fell, 191-103 to the Pirates.  Senior Justin Bronson won three individual gold medals, touching first in the 100, 200 and 500 free events and swam a leg of the first-place 400 yard freestyle relay team. Sophomore Brad Reitz sweept the fly events with a 1:51.53 in the 200 and a 50.45 in the 100. Reitz also took the 200 individual medley in a time of 1:54.74.  

New Hampshire- The Wildcats dropped two competitions in a tri-meet this weekend against America East rival Boston University, 192-107, and host Northeastern, 171-128.  The Wildcats started off strong, winning the 200-yard medley relay by .14 seconds and followed it up with wins in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:06.69) by sophomore Allison Nahin, and the 50-yard freestyle (24.54) by freshman Jessica Little.  Amy Perrault, the sophomore who led off the winning relay squad, earned a first place finish in the 100-yard backstroke, touching in 58.53.

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Stony Brook- The Seawolves hosted Lafayette on Saturday afternoon with the women’s squad earning an upset over the Leopards, 160-137, and the men falling just short, 138-151.  Freshman Darcy Heuser stole the show for the women earning three individual victories and swimming a leg of the winning 200-yard freestyle relay team (1:42.16).  The freestyle specialist touched first in the 1,650 (17:59.49), 500 (5:14.24) and 200-yard (1:57.05) events.  On the men’s side, freshman Ian Francis earned three individual victories in the 100- (1:00.16) and 200-yard (2:12.22) breaststrokes, as well as the 400-yard Individual Medley (4:19.12).  Classmate Mark Anderson earned first-place finishes in the 100- and 200-yard backstrokes while swimming a leg of the winning 200-yard freestyle relay team.

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Vermont- The Catamounts traveled to Navy on Saturday afternoon coming up short, 206-94.  Sophomore Kate Weaver earned Vermont’s only two wins on the day, placing first in the 100 (1:05.17) and 200 (2:19.94) backstroke events.  Weaver, who has weekly accolades twice the season, would go on to earn second in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:05.45.  While the Catamounts are ranked 19th in the’s latest poll, Navy has yet to lose this season and is ranked 11th.

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