Ochmanski, Little, Binghamton Divers Earn Performers of the Week

Release: 01/27/2009
Courtesy: America East Communications

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- New Hampshire’s Jessica Little (Barrie, Ontario/ Barrie Central Collegiate Inst.) and Stony Brook’s Lukasz Ochmanski (Lodz, Poland) earned their second and third America East Swimmer of the Week award, respectively, while Binghamton’s Ryan Graham (Vestal/N.Y./Vestal) and Jenna Easton (Churchville N.Y./Churchville-Chili) garnered the male and female Diver of the Week honors.

Little, a freshman, earned six individual golds and swam a leg in the first-place 400-yard medley relay this week as the Wildcats defeated Maine, 180-115, and fell to Dartmouth, 112.5-129.5.  Little’s time in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:21.98) placed her more than 10 seconds ahead of any Dartmouth competitor, while her performance in the 200-yard breaststroke against Maine was almost 13 seconds better than that of any Black Bear.  

Ochmanski, a sophomore, won three individual events to help the Seawolves defeat Bryant, 141-109.  Ochmanski touched first in the 200-yard IM, the 1,000-yard free and the 500-free with times of 2:03.12, 9:59.45 and 4:47.70, respectively.

Graham, a senior, swept the diving events in Binghamton’s competition against Colgate on Saturday, scoring 256.57 on the one-meter board and 307.58 on the three-meter.  The Bearcats went on to top the Raiders, 158-136.  The last time Graham won the weekly recognition was December 9, 2009.  

Easton, a freshman, won the one-meter diving event and placed second on the three-meter in Binghamton’s loss at the hands of Colgate, 82-216.  Easton scored 206.54 on the 1M and posted a score of 201.67 on the 3M.  This is the first weekly accolades of the rookie’s collegiate career.

Binghamton-  The Bearcats traveled to Colgate on Saturday, earning a split against the Red Raiders, with the men winning, 158-136, and the women falling, 82-216.  Senior standout Brenno Varanda and freshman Nolan Slesnick each earned a pair of individual victories on the day, with Varanda touching first in the 1650 free (16:29.01) and the 400 IM (4:05.68) while Slesnick earned first in the 200 (1:45.96) and 500 free (4:45.90).  Senior Ryan Graham swept the diving events with scores of 256.57 and 307.58 on the one- and three-meter boards, respectively.  Freshman Margaret Rakoczy highlighted the women’s squad, earning her first collegiate victory with a time of 18:33.62 in the 1650 free.  Classmate Jenna Easton won the one-meter (206.54) while earning second on the three-meter board (201.67).

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Boston U.-  The Boston University men's swimming and diving team remained undefeated in dual meets with a 176-122 victory over Tufts on Sunday afternoon. Sophomores Kyle Ernst and Bryon Kallert, along with freshmen Jackson Hill and Daniel Kempf and junior Ben Kaiser were multiple-event winners as the Terriers improve to a perfect 8-0 on the season.  Additionally Kallert, Ernst and Hill swam alongside sophomore Matt Rickett on the first-place 200-yard medley relay team. After a week off, the Terrier women will return to action on Tuesday, February 3, when they host cross-town rival Boston College while the Men travel to take on the Eagles on Wednesday.

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Maine-  Senior captain Colleen Miller won the 100 and 500 freestyle events in her team’s close loss to America East rival New Hampshire, 115-180.  Miller posted times of 10:38.55 and 5:14.59, respectively, and would go on the lead off the first-place 200 yard freestyle relay team. Classmate Adi Levy earned a first-place finish in the 500 free (5:14.59), the last event of the day, but it proved not enough against the hosting Wildcats.

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UMBC-  The Retriever men and women combined to win 25 of 32 events in a sweep of Marist, defeating the men, 162-127, and the women, 169-120.  Junior Sam Maccherola earned three golds for the women, placing first in the 200- and 500-free and swimming the first leg of the winning 200 free relay team.  Her time of 1:51.71 in the 200 free was the fastest for the Retrievers this season. Tereza Kaplanova, a junior, won three separate events with three different strokes, touching first in the 100-back, the 200 breast, and the 100 IM.  Senior Justin Bronson tallied three top finishes of his own, earning first in the 100 fly (51.78), the 200 free (1:42.19) and a leg of the victorious 200 free relay team (1:25.17)

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New Hampshire-  Rookie Jessica Little earned six individual first-place finishes this week while the Wildcats earned a victory against Maine, 180-115, and fell Dartmouth, 112.5-129.5.  Picking up her first four golds against Dartmouth, Little also swam the second leg of the first-place 400-yard medley relay team on Thursday.  In Saturday’s competition against America East rival Maine, Little picked up two additional individual victories and dominated the 200-yard breast (2:20.97), finishing nearly 13 seconds ahead of any Black Bear.  

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Stony Brook- The Seawolves traveled to Rhode Island and left with a sweep over Bryant, the men topping the Bulldogs, 141-109, and the women, 143-97.  Darcy Heauser continued a dominant freshman campaign, winning the 200-yard IM (2:17.16), the 1,000-yard freestyle (11:14.89) and the 50-yard freestyle (25.87).  The women also had a 1-2-3 sweep in the 400-yard medley relay.  For the men, sophomore Lukasz Ochmanski earned first in the 200 IM (2:17.16), and the 1,000- (9:59.45) and the 500-yard freestyles (4:47.70).  Senior Omer Ozcan and freshman Sean Conway won the 50- (22.59) and 100-yard freestyles (48.74), respectively.

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Vermont-  The Catamounts traveled to Northeastern this weekend, falling, 172-128.  The ‘Cats had an impressive performance from sophomore Kate Weaver who recorded first-place finishes in the 200 IM, and the 100- (59.59) and 200-meter (2:07.23) backstroke events.  Junior Colleen Clark earned a pair of victories in the 100- (53.25) and 200-freestyles (1:52.72), while classmate Molly MacMillan touched first in the 500 free (5:08.78).  

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