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Four Binghamton Swimmers Heading to National Invitational Championship

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VESTAL, N.Y. -

Spring break is a time for relaxation, but for four Binghamton swimmers, it's a time to face their toughest competition yet. 

Tyler Meyers, Thomas Mackey, Ryan Board and Patrick Wilson all made qualifying times for the National Invitational Championship, a meet that's a step down from NCAA, and decided they wanted to extend their season an extra month to continue training for the race. The NIC is a relatively new meet, only in its second year.

"We were planning on going to this meet next year," said head coach Brad Smith. "It shows these kids care about the team, the program and the future of this program."

The meet offers the group of four a chance to swim against others who did not qualify for NCAA, but made great accomplishments during the season.

"Being a DI swimmer, you don't necessarily get high levels of competitions when you go to a mid-major school", said Meyers. "It's a chance for us to get better and help the program stand out.

"We're setting a precedent," said Mackey. "Freshman and recruits will know this is the new normal."

All four will compete in relays, but individually will compete in 50 breaststroke, 200 IM, 50 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 100 IM, and 200 breast. The NIC will be held March 14-16 in Cleveland, Ohio.