POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - The Marist swimming and diving team split their final home meet of the regular season on Saturday versus the Binghamton Bearcats. Following a ceremony to honor and recognize the 11-person Class of 2013, the women earned a 172-126 victory, while the men came up short by a score of 170-130. In a stroke of irony, the big winner on Senior Day for the Red Foxes was junior Bonnie Orr (Fresno, Calif.), who won a program-high three events; five other Marist competitors earned two wins, including seniors Kate Conard (East Setauket, N.Y.) and Erica Vitale (Sterling, Conn.).
WOMEN: Marist 172 - Binghamton 126
In women's action, the Red Foxes came out of the gates fast as they swam to victories in each of the first four events and five of the first six. Orr collected two of those wins as she went back-to-back with victories in the 1000- and 200-yd freestyle. She held off teammate Bethany Powhida (Delmar, N.Y.) in a close 1000-yd race by a 10:38.17 to 10:39.34 duel before cruising in the 200-yd event with a 1.51-second margin of victory at 1:56.32. The junior's third win of the afternoon came later in the 500-yd freestyle as she once again out-dueled Powhida in a close race 5:14.50 to 5:15.86.
After Orr's initial streak of wins, Conard was the next Red Fox to come up victorious as she won the 100-yd backstroke with a 59.13 mark, 2.18 seconds faster than the field. Her second individual win came in the 200-yd IM as she spearheaded a 1-2-3 finish for Marist with a time of 2:09.81. Fellow seniors Erica Vitale and Katie Larkin (Huntington, N.Y.) rounded out the group of top finishing Red Foxes.
Though a second place finisher in the IM, Vitale managed to earn a pair of wins versus the Bearcats as she swept the butterfly events. She edged out teammate Emily Miles (Long Valley, N.J.) in the 100-yd race 59.68 to 59.79. In the 200-yd butterfly, she won with a time of 2:09.33, 3.64 seconds clear of the next closest finisher.
Kimberly Tobias (San Jose, Calif.) was the final two event winner for the women as she swept both diving boards. In close matchups with Binghamton's Imani Williams, the sophomore won the 1-meter event 242.62 to 241.12 and the 3-meter by a score of 265.95 to 261.60.
Powhida was the fifth female Red Fox to win on the afternoon as she cruised a win the 200-yd backstroke by a 4.70-second margin of victory with a final time of 2:07.88.
MEN: Binghamton 170 - Marist 130
In men's action, the Red Foxes came up short versus the Bearcats, though three individuals were able to capture individual victories; Nick Spinella (Franklin Square, N.Y.), Jason Ruddy (Lake Katrine, N.Y.) and Sean Molloy (Slingerlands, N.Y.).
Spinella was the first Marist male swimmer with two wins as he earned victories in 200-yd freestyle and 200-yd backstroke action. In the freestyle race, the junior closed strong, finishing with a 1:45.63 result. In the backstroke, he garnered a decisive 1.70-second win with a final time of 1:54.90.
Ruddy matched Spinella with a pair of wins as he came in first place in the 200-yd butterfly and 200-yd IM. In the butterfly race, he won with a time of 1:58.20. Of note in this race, senior Dan Gaynor (Sonoma, Calif.) charged hard at the end and earned a second place finish with a 1:59.55 result, 0.48-seconds clear of third. Ruddy's second win, the 200-yd IM came courtesy of a 1:55.93 finish.
In diving action, Molloy registered a season-high point total on the 1-meter board as he not only won, but qualified for the NCAA Zone A Diving meet with a score of 304.80. Teammate Jacob Baker (Shavertown, Pa.) was a close second with 300.45 points. In 3-meter action, Molloy finished runner-up with a final total of 296.92.
Marist's sixth win of the afternoon came in the final relay of the day, the 400-yd freestyle. The team of Caleb Camp (Chapell Hill, N.C.), Tyler Ferraro (Southbury, Conn.), John Spitzer (Fairport, N.Y.) and Spinella defeated Binghamton's "A" team by 1.58 seconds with a time of 3:16.00.
With the split decision, the Marist women complete their regular season with a 10-1 record, while the men finish at 6-5.
Prior to the competition the 11-person Class of 2013 was honored; the student-athletes recognized were Chelaine Eliazar, Katie Larkin, Erica Vitale, Kate Conard, Dan Johnson, Dan Gaynor, Tyler Ferraro, Daniel Collins, Stephen Miller, Samuel Nowack and Brian Shannon.
The Red Foxes will be off from competition for 12 days before getting into postseason action with the 2013 MAAC Championships on February 14. The three-day event will be hosted in Buffalo at Erie Community College's Burt Flickinger Center.