Binghamton Sweeps Siena, Niagara in Cummiskey’s Debut as Head Coach

Binghamton vs. Siena, Niagara

  • Oct. 19, 2019
  • Vestal, N.Y.
  • Men: Binghamton def. Niagara 242-52
  • Women: Binghamton def. Niagara 214-84; Binghamton def. Siena 210.5-86.5; Siena def. Niagara 157.5-132.5
  • Results

Courtesy: Binghamton Athletics

VESTAL, N.Y. – Senior Ross Bernstein won three individual events and seven other swimmers posted two wins, highlighting Binghamton’s sweep over Niagara and Siena in the season-opening tri-meet on Saturday afternoon at the Patricia A. Saunders Aquatic Center. The Bearcat women beat Niagara 214-84 and Siena 210.5-86.5 while men defeated Niagara 242-52.

The meet marked the debut of first-year Binghamton head coach Jerry Cummiskey. He spent the previous six years on the staff at Bryant before being named the Bearcats’ head coach in July.

“This was a good meet,” he said. “We had some good swims on both sides and our freshmen did very well. We have improved since our Green-White (intrasquad meet) two weeks ago and are heading in the right direction.”

“It was great to get him his first win,” Bernstein said. “It’s been an easy transition, we all like him and we are excited about what is to come.”

Bernstein captured the 100 fly (51.98), the 200 fly (1:56.28) and the 200 IM (1:58.53). It marked the second time in his career that he has won three events in a meet.

A pair of freshmen were double winners on the men’s side. Justin Meyn swept the 50 free (21.74) and the 100 free (47.80) while Matthew Palguta took top honors in the 500 free (4:49.87) and 100 free (9:58.51). Also winning a pair of men’s events was sophomore Ryan Board in the 100 breast (58.50) and the 200 breast (2:11.90).

The Bearcat women, meanwhile, had three double winners. Senior Sydney Atendido was first in the 100 breast (1:06.71) and 200 breast (2:29.63), junior Kaitlyn Smolar won the 200 free (1:57.82) and the 500 free (5:20.65) and fellow junior Erica Bachiller was triumphant in the 100 back (1:58.86) and 200 back (2:10.94). Senior Olivia Santos, meanwhile, touched first in the 50 free (25.34) and 100 free (54.29).

Other winners on the men’s side included senior Dylan Van Manen in the 200 free (1:47.27), junior Shane Morris in the 100 back (53.74), sophomore Brian Harding in the 200 back (2:00.00), sophomore Chris Egan in the one-meter diving competition (284.55) and freshman Ryan Cohn in the three-meter diving event (265.34).

On the women’s side, other winners included freshman Meadow Perez in the 200 fly (2:10.64), sophomore Belen Marriaga in the 100 fly (59.55) and fellow sophomore Amanda McGraw in the three-meter diving event (210.45).

Meyn also anchored the first-place 200 medley relay and 400 free relay teams, which clocked winning times of 1:35.08 and 3:14.83 respectively. He was joined by Morris, Board and Bernstein in the 200 medley relay as well as senior Tyler Meyers, sophomore Benjamin Beldner and freshman Ryan Maierle in the 400 free.

Atendido and Santos swam on both first-place women’s relay teams. The 200 medley relay team — which also included Marriaga and Bachiller — clocked a time 1:47.78. The 400 free relay team — which also included Smolar and senior Kaitlyn Lange, finished in 3:39.82.

Smolar also spearheaded the swimming & diving team’s “Paint the Pool” campaign, which was geared towards spreading awareness and raising funds in the fight against breast cancer. Both teams wore pink caps to commemorate the event. This marks the second year in a row that the Bearcats have designated a “Paint the Pool” meet.

“Today was our Paint the Pool meet to raise awareness for Breast Cancer,” she said. “It was run through our Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) and I had a lot of help doing this from both my teammates and SAAC. (Former swimmer) Brooke Pettis came up with this idea last year and it was a big success so we wanted to carry it over to this year.”

Binghamton heads to Bucknell next Saturday for a 1 p.m. dual meet.

Courtesy: Niagara Athletics

VESTAL, N.Y. – The Niagara men’s swimming and diving team dropped a dual meet with Binghamton, 242-52, on Saturday.

Meet Notes

  • The relay team of Harry Fox, Edgar Melchor, Noah Brooks and Tyler Prosser placed third in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:40.63.
  • Melchor placed second in the 100 breast with a time of 59.27, second in the 200 breast with a time of 2:12.59 and second in the 100 fly with a time of 52.94.
  • Nicholas Stoll finished fourth in the 100 free with a time of 10:54.66. He finished fourth in the 500 free with a time of 5:14.45.
  • Brooks finished third in the 200 free with a time of 1:49.33. He placed fourth in the 200 fly with a time of 2:10.04 and fourth in the 200 IM with a time of 2:05.03.
  • Fox took second place in the 200 back with a time of 2:03.97. He placed fourth in the 100 back. He swam the event in 57.43.
  • Prosser placed third in the 50 free (22.46). He finished fourth in the 100 free (50.82).
  • Colin Lang placed third in the 3-meter dive with a score of 243.30 and third in the 1-meter dive with a score of 255.15.

The Purple Eagles women’s swimming and diving team fell to both Binghamton and Siena in a tri-meet to open the season on Saturday. NU fell to the Bearcats, 214-84, and the Saints, 157.5-132.5.

Meet Notes

  • Sydney Sarkis took first place in the 1-meter dive with a score of 236.92.
  • The relay team of Isabella DeSimone, Jenna Wagoner, Hannah Charlton and Delaney Labue placed third in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:52.89.
  • Avery Sanquist finished second in the 1000 free with a time of 10:58.68.
  • Yvonne Schere placed second in the 200 free. She finished the event in 1:59.07. She also took second in the 100 free with a time of 55.20.
  • DeSimone placed second in the 100 back with a time of 1:01.26. She took third in the 50 free with a time of 25.44.
  • Charlton finished third in the 200 fly (2:14.20). Zoe Gavin finished fourth in the same event with a time of 2:16.11.
  • Sarah Webber finished fourth in the 200 breast with a time of 2:36.48.
  • Labue placed third in the 100 fly (1:00.13).
  • Morgan MacMahon placed fourth in the 3-meter dive with a score of 179.99.
  • The relay team of DeSimone, Lauren Nicastro, Labue and Schere finished second in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:41.84.

Up Next
The Purple Eagles face Colgate on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 1:00 p.m.

Courtesy: Siena Athletics

VESTAL, NY – Siena Swimming & Diving opened its 21st season with a splash Saturday afternoon, spitting a pair of results in a tri-meet at Binghamton University in Vestal, NY. The Saints defeated MAAC rival Niagara, 157.5 – 132.5, while falling to host and America East heavyweight Binghamton, 210.5 – 86.5.

With the split, the Green and Gold picked up both their first dual meet win over the Purple Eagles and their first victory in a season-opening meet since 2015. The Saints are now 12-7 when facing Niagara and 1-6 against the Bearcats all-time.

Siena opened its season by winning three events, with all three coming from freshmen competing in their first collegiate action. Reilly King won the 1000-yard freestyle (10:56.20) by over two seconds, while Rory Kalac tied for the top spot in the 50-yard freestyle (25.34) and Jessica Shine took home the gold in the 200-yard individual medley (2:13.89).

Aside from nine newcomers that took the pool donning the Saints’ uniform for the first time, freshman Lydia DeLano became the first Saint since 2016 to compete as a diver for the team, placing fifth in the women’s one-meter diving (195.59) and the three meter diving (162.30) events.

Junior Sydney Lautenslager began her third season in the pool for Siena by swimming a pair of personal best times, doing so in the 100 fly (1:03.67) and 200 fly (2:19.71).

The Saints also competed in a pair of relay events, placing third in the 400 freestyle relay and third in the 200 medley relay.

Siena is back in action on Saturday, Nov. 2 for a dual meet at Stony Brook at 1:00 p.m. The Saints and the Seawolves will meet for just the second time ever, with Siena grabbing a 172-58 victory in Loudonville in 2017.

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