2022-23 Swimming and Diving Preview
VESTAL, NY – Binghamton’s swimming and diving teams are about to start their 2022-23 seasons. The Bearcat men’s team, which won the America East title in 2021, settled for second place last year. The women’s team, meanwhile, took fourth place for the third season in a row. This year, the Bearcats have four home games. The conference championships, to be held at the WPI for the second straight season, are scheduled for Feb. 22-25.
Binghamton’s men’s team returns a pair of defending champions as well as six all-conference winners.
Junior Liam Murphy won the 500 freestyle for the second year in a row and finished second in the 1650 freestyle. Junior Companion Henry Shemet, meanwhile, broke the conference meet record in the 400 individual medley. Murphy and Shemet return from first place in last year’s 800 freestyle relay team – which also included year two Elie Lanfear and junior Jacques Vecchio. Lanfear also finished third in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly at the America East Meet.
Senior diver ryan cohn was second to teammate Chris Egan, who has since graduated, in both events (one meter and three meters) at the 2022 America East meet. Also in the diving events, sophomore Guillaume Maurer was a finalist last year, finishing fourth on the three-metre springboard and seventh on the one-metre springboard. They will be joined by a freshman David Marshall.
The freestyle events feature significant depth for the Bearcats. In addition to Murphy, who also finished second in the 1650 freestyle at the America East Championships last year, senior Justin Mein was the finalist in the 100 freestyle. Senior Ryan Maierle was a finalist in the 50 free, 100 free and 200 free in junior Zacharie Ciriaco was in the top eight in the 500 free and 1650 free. The other returning finalists are juniors George Kiphidze (200 free), junior Christophe Ghim (1650 free) and senior Matthew Palguta (1650 free). First-year student Liam Preston is the best newcomer to freestyle events.
Meyn and Shemet also took all-conference honors in breaststroke events last year. Meyn was third in the 100 breaststroke while Shemet was third in the 200 breaststroke. Junior Xiaoyu Lin finished fourth in both breaststroke events while the juniors Eric Croonmeanwhile, finished fifth in the 100 breaststroke.
In the flight events, Lanfear is joined by Vecchio, junior Travis Phillps and senior Jackson Homan. Vecchio was the 2021 America East champion in the 100 butterfly.
A pair of freshmen – david ponce and Max Kabak – should have an immediate impact in the backstroke events. Top comebacks in these events include Kipshidze, Vecchio and Ghim.
Besides Shemet, returning finalists in IM events include Meyn and Ghim.
WOMEN’S TEAM OUTLOOK
Bearcat’s women’s team returns one all-conference performer and four finalists from last year’s team. Junior Maddie Hoover finished third in the 200 freestyle at the East America Championships and placed seventh in the 100 backstroke and 100 freestyle. Junior Courtney Moane finished fourth in the 200 breaststroke and took sixth place in the 100 breaststroke. Second year Lauren Kuzma finished seventh in the 100 breaststroke while a junior Lindsey Weisman finished fifth in the one-meter dive last year after earning all-conference honors in 2021.
In addition to Weissman, senior Chloe Peterson and second Miranda Rogers are the best returning divers this year. They will be joined by a freshman Elizabeth Tirado.
Three other returning stars this year for the Bearcat women’s team include the juniors Marley Zimmerman, Molly Greeley and Mel Carousso.
Greeley, who was America East’s Swimmer of the Week on Nov. 16, won six individual events during the regular season and was part of five first-place relay teams. She competes in freestyle and IM events.
Zimmerman won 10 individual events during the regular season, including three against St. Bonaventure on Jan. 22. She competes in freestyle events.
Carousso, meanwhile, swam in the distance events. She won the 1000m freestyle at the Rhode Island Invitational on November 21.
Binghamton is hosting a strong all-female freshman class this year. It includes long distance swimmers Rachel Bostian and Julia Snow. Olivia Philbrick, Celia Webster will excel in backstroke events, just like Maria Pignatelli in freestyle events. Saige Kazlauskas is the best newcomer to flight events. Webster, Pignatelli and Truong will also add depth to IM events.