Binghamton Picks Up Third Straight Home Sweep Over Iona

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November 14th, 2021 College, News

Binghamton vs Iona

  • Saturday, November 13, 2021
  • Vestal, N.Y.
  • Results

Courtesy: Binghamton Athletics

VESTAL, N.Y. – It was a day of celebrating the past, taking advantage of the present and building towards the future for the Binghamton swimming & diving program.

Both the Bearcat men’s and women’s teams defeat Iona for their third straight home dual meet triumphs. The men defeated the Gaels 196-92 while the women took a 179-115 decision. The victories marked the Bearcats’ final meet before next weekend’s Rhode Island Invitational – the biggest meet of the fall portion of the season.

“We had a lot of great swims today and competed well,” head coach Jerry Cummiskey said. “We know we can keep getting better but for this weekend, I was pretty happy with how we raced.”

Before square off against Iona, the Bearcat men’s team received their 2021 America East Championship rings during a brief ceremony. It concluded a memorable week which also included the team being honored during Tuesday’s Binghamton basketball doubleheader at the Events Center.

“Last year was such a crazy year and what the men’s team did (in winning the America East title) was great,” Cummiskey said. “To be honored at the basketball game and to give out their rings today was awesome. These are moments that they will always remember.”

Binghamton posted four double event winners against Iona – two on each the men’s and women’s side. For the men, senior Christopher Egan swept the diving events with scores of 293.70 (one meter) and 276.00 (three meter) while freshman Elijah Lanfear captured the 100 free (46.70) and 100 fly (50.75). On the women’s side, freshman Lauren Kuzma took top honors in the 100 fly (1:00.44, which tied her with senior teammate Belen Marriaga) and 200 breast (2:26.77) while sophomore Molly Greeley was first in both the 50 free (25.16) and 200 IM (2:11.97).

Lanfear also swam on both first-place men’s relay teams. He joined fellow freshman Keegan Chatham, sophomore Liam Murphy and senior Ryan Board in the 200 medley relay (1:33.45) as well as Murphy, junior Justin Meyn and senior Benjamin Beldner in the 400 free relay (3:06.14).

Other individual winners on the men’s side included Meyn in the 50 free (21.33), Chatham in the 200 back (1:54.94), sophomore Xiaoyu Lin in the 200 breast (2:05.23), senior Ryan Board in the 100 breast (57.90) and fellow sophomore Henry Shemet in the 200 IM (1:57.67).

For the Binghamton women’s team, senior Amanda McGraw won the one-meter diving event with a score of 275.03 points. In the process, she met the qualifying standard for the NCAA Zone Meet (265.00) for the second time this season. Her first such performance came against Niagara and Siena back on Oct. 9.

Other event winners on the women’s side were sophomore Courtney Moane in the 100 breast (1:06.33), fellow sophomores Marley Zimmerman in the 500 free (5:15.02) Mel Carousso in the 1000 free (10:41.14) and freshman Jade Liguori in the three-meter diving competition (249.08).

Moane and Greeley also were part of the first-place 200 free relay team that included fellow sophomores Lara Geelen and Kandice Chandra.

The Rhode Island Invitational will take place Friday-Sunday.

Courtesy: Iona Athletics

VESTAL, NY – Despite the sixth consecutive meet with three individual wins by Michael Faughnan and a pair of wins by Isabella Nicholson, the Iona College men’s and women’s swim team lost on the road at Binghamton University today in a meeting between the America East and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference squads.
The Iona Men went down 196-92, while the Iona women lost 179-115. The Iona Men stand at 4-2 on the season and the women are 5-2.


Faughnan, a sophomore, took the 1000-Yard-Free (9:46.62), the 200-Free (1:42.30) and the 500-Free (4:38.69). Other winners on the men’s side included Graduate students, Conor Mullin in the 200-Butterfly (1:54.73) and Spencer Moran in the 100-Backstroke (52.14).

Nicholson claimed the top spot in the 200-Freestyle (1:55.91) and 100-Freetsyle (53.13).

Juniors Luisa Da Silveira, Meghan Pattison and Taylor Spillman all won with Da Silveira touching the wall first in the 100-Backstroke (1:00.41). Pattison finished the Backstroke sweep with her first win of the season in the 200-Backstroke (2:10.87). Spillman went wire-to-wire in winning the 200-Butterfly (2:11.50).

The Iona women’s closed the day out with the squads’ only relay win, taking the 400-yard Freestyle Relay as Katherine lee, Megan JosephsSamantha Whitney and Nicholson combined to win by 2.6 seconds at 3:40.18.


“We competed well today,” commented Coach Nick Cavataro, however, Binghamton took all the close races and had more quality in spots than we had. We will get back to practice Monday and get ready for Southern Connecticut State University next Saturday at 3 p.m. at Hynes Center Pool.”


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