Staten Island, NY | The College of Staten Island men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams were victorious for the second time in less than 24 hours, following a win last night over Lehman College with a win against FDU-Florham in non-conference action at the Sports & Recreation Center. CSI improved to 4-1 on the men’s side and 2-4 on the women’s side while FDU fell to 0-3 on both the men’s and women’s side.
The CSI women grabbed an early lead, but FDU was able to take the lead back in the 1,000-yard Freestyle where Molly Miller raced in at 11:08.19, breaking a pool record. FDU won the next event as well, but from there, CSI started to turn things around. Gabriella Bartley and Kimberly Hernandez got things started with a one-two finish in the 50-yard Freestyle, with Bartley putting in a below-30 time of 29.91.
Lisnette Solanao was next to score a win, doing so in the 200-yard Individual Medley with a time of 2:46.44, winning the event by over 15 seconds. Jen Basini then recorded a first-place uncontested performance on the one-meter diving board, and shortly after a break, Victoria Musarella was first in during the 100-yard Freestyle, coming in two seconds ahead of teammate Thiyasha Kodituwakku.
The Dolphins’ depth continued to show, as CSI continued to put distance in the meet, and in the final two events, CSI took gold again with a win by Solano in the 100-yard Breaststroke with a time of 1:21.66, and then a second place finish in the 200-yard Medley Relay ended with CSI taking a 91-61 win.
On the men’s side, CSI led almost from start to finish. FDU got off to a flying start with a win in the 200-yard Medley Relay to start the event and then an Eric Bang pool record 10:12.94 in the 1,000-yard Freestyle put the Devils ahead by more. It was Alex Semchenko that gave CSI their first win, as he came in at 1:58.15 in the 200-yard Freestyle, winning by a little over half of a second. Following that, CSI took the lead with a Khaled Hammam win in the 50-yard Freestyle followed by a second place performance from Pete Carle.
Michael Stora was next to gain a win, putting in a great time of 2:13.41 in the 200-yard Individual Medley. CSI then really put distance in the meet when Xavier Nicholson took both the 1M and 3M diving competition with Michael Blacharski adding a silver in the 1M.
Carle added a win in the 100-yard Butterfly competition, with Hammam’s run of 52.23 winning the 100-yard Freestyle. CSI would later finish the meet with a win by Stora in the 100-yard Breaststroke with a time of 1:04.77, and then the CSI foursome of Semchenko, Carle, Sami Jindyeh, and Hammam won the 200-yard Freestyle Relay with a time of 1:36.16.
As part of time-trial after the official race was over, Stora broke the CSI pool record in the 200-yard Breaststroke competition with a time of 2:24.95.
CSI will now break for the holidays and will pick back up with a meet in Florida as part of their training trip on January 5.