Swim and dive teams fall to Cornell

The Binghamton University women’s swimming and diving team suffered its first loss of the season, as both the men’s and women’s teams fell to Cornell University this past Saturday.

The men’s team (2-2) swam a close match, finishing 154-146. On the other end, Cornell dealt the women’s team (3-1) a hefty defeat, with the day ending in an overall score of 189-111. The Bearcats have never beaten the Cornell Big Red since the BU swimming program entered Division I.

The meet started off on a high note as both teams swam to an early victory in the 400-yard medley relay. The women’s relay team of sophomores Olivia Baczek and Tiffany Siu, and seniors Amanda Ciccone and Danielle Gallo, touched first. The men’s relay, made up of Joe Perez-Rogers, Jason Chen, Philip Dzieniszewski and David Gleason, broke the pool record with more than six seconds to spare.

“We were showing off our skills with some extra oomph,” said Binghamton head coach Sean Clark. “Our guys especially responded to the heavy challenge from Cornell.”

The men continued to dominate as senior Chen won three individual events. He swam to victory in the 100-yard free (47.67) and the 100-yard individual medley (52.99) — both events that fellow swimmer Ciccone took on the women’s side. Chen also won the 50-yard free with a time of 21.67.

Senior Dzieniszewski, junior Perez-Rogers and sophomore Gleason all took two wins each, adding to BU’s score. Dzieniszewski won the 50-yard breast (27.03) and the 50-yard fly (23.46) while Perez-Rogers dominated the backstroke, winning the 50- and 100-yard back with times of 24.13 and 51.49, respectively. Gleason won both the 200 and 500 free with times of 1:42.74 and 4:42.85, respectively.

“Phil Dzieniszewski really had an impressive meet as our top sprinter,” Clark said. “Chen set a pool record in the 100 individual medley, and pulled out two other gutsy wins.”

The men’s team of Gleason, Perez-Rogers, Dzieniszewski and sophomore Tim Cabasino also took the 200-yard free relay (1:25.65).

On the women’s end, Ciccone led the team with a total of three individual victories. Ciccone finished first in 100-yard fly (56.44), roughly three seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. Siu took the team’s only other first-place finish in the 500-yard free with a time of 5:04.54.

“Ciccone set a new pool record in the 100 [individual medley], and in the 100 butterfly she put up the fourth-best time in the Conference this season,” Clark said. “Siu came very close to the pool record in the 500 free. Baczek became the third-best 100 backstroker in the history of our program with her leadoff swim in the victorious 400 medley relay.”

Cornell continued its stride of victories in the diving events, finishing first in the one meter and three meter for both the men’s and women’s teams. Junior Morgan Neal placed second in the three-meter dive (212.78) while fellow teammate Jenna Easton picked up third place in the one-meter dive (205.35). Sophomore Anthony Foiles, on the men’s side, took third place in both dives.

“Cornell always presents a strong program as a member of the Ivy League,” Clark said. “They are extremely well-coached, they are tough and full of school pride. They are so tough because they also have versatility and depth.”

The BU swimming and diving teams are scheduled to be back in action 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 14 as they host Niagara University at the Patricia A. Saunders Aquatic Center.