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DAY TWO OF CUNYAC CHAMPIONSHIP SEES SEVEN MEDALS FOR CSI

February 1, 2013

Yury Zimarev took home a gold tonight

The College of Staten Island men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs were back in action today, participating in Day Two of the 2013 CUNYAC Championship Meet at Lehman College.  Combined, the Dolphins had their best medal day, grabbing a total of seven medals, including three golds.  Through two days, the CSI women stand in 3rd place, while the men are claiming fourth.

The CSI men claimed two of the three first-place finishes tonight, but it was CSI’s Stephanie Collyer that made the first mark.  Collyer claimed her second gold medal of the meet via the one-meter diving board.   Collyer not only took gold but set a new CUNYAC Championship record to boot, scoring 313.75 points.  Fellow teammate Valeria Phralofa grabbed a bronze in competition, scoring 250.85 points.

In the very next event, the men’s three-meter diving competition, it was John Pignatelli’s turn to shine, and the sophomore charged to a silver medal by scoring 310.20 points.

Dolphins relay teams then both came in 4th place in the 200 Medley Relay before the indiviual events saw CSI claim another three medals.  First up was Andrey Tarasov’s excellent time in the 400 Individual Medley at 4:28.92 grabbing the gold medal.  The same was true for Yury Zimarev, who grabbed gold in the 100 Butterfly with a a stellar time of 51:54. 

Then it was teh women’s turn to grab some hardware.  First was freshman Dakota Dawkins, whose time of 1:15.71 in the 100 Breastsroke got her a silver medal.  Later, Jessica Pifalo charged out to a time of 1:09.91 in the 100 Butterfly, good for a bronze.  Pifalo also came in fifth place in the 100 Backstroke.  Getting praise for a great race time was also Lauren Overeem, who came in fifth place in the 400 IM with a time of 6:18.31.

The third and final day of the championship meet will take place tomorrow beginning at 9am at Lehman College.  After two days, Baruch leads the women with 761 points, followed by Hunter (504), CSI (489), Brooklyn (255), John Jay (192), Lehman (129) and York (74).  Lehman leads the men’s race with 765 points, followed by Baruch (678), Brooklyn (413), CSI (319), and York (106).

Source: CSI Dolphins

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