Staten Island, NY | The College of Staten men’s and women’s swimming & diving program each picked up their first CUNYAC win of the season tonight in their home pool for the first time. The men picked up a 122-96 win while the women earned a 117-74 victory. The win boosts the men up to 3-1, 1-1 and for the women, they pick up their first win of the season to improve to 1-4, 1-2.
The women got off to a great start as the relay team of Gabriella Bartley, Lisnette Salano, Thiyasha Kodituwakku, and Kimberly Hernandez raced to a first-place finish in the 200 Medley Relay. The men followed that up with a win of their own as the team of Leo Litovsky, Michael Stora, Peter Carle, and Khaled Hammam touched first with a time of 1:46.27.
Lehman closed the gap in the 1000 Freestyle as Sarina Estiaghi and Hugo Barrera touched first, earing their team 9 points each. Alicia Defonte put the Dolphins back on to with a great swim in the 200 Freestyle, recording a time of 2:31.71, 11 seconds faster than the second place finisher.
With the meet close on both sides the Dolphins looked to pick up more first-place finishes and they got just that in the 50 Freestyle. Bartley touched first with a time of 30.64 while Stora grabbed the gold with a time of 24.29. Lehman responded with another pair of top finished keeping the meet from getting away from them. Alyssa Dunn and Jen Basini lengthened the Dolphins’ lead as they took care of business on the 1-meter boards with Dunn taking the top spot with a time of 179.60. Xavier Nicholson gave the men 9 quality points from earning 9 points after posting a score of 225.30 from the low board.
Hernandez and Victoria Musarella had a 1-2 finish in the 100 Freestyle, keeping the Lightning at bay. Sarina Eshtiaghi continued to keep the women’s team alive for Lehman as she had a clean sweep on the night, picking up three first-place finishes. Alex Semchenko cruised to a gold in the 500 Freestyle, touching 26 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.
The Dolphins continued to pick up top finishes which led them to their first CUNYAC win of the season and will use this momentum to fuel them tomorrow against non-conference opponents, FDU-Florham at 12:00 pm.