Both the College of Staten Island men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams took home a win tonight, getting by Brooklyn College at the CSI Sports & Recreation Center earlier this evening as part of CUNYAC play. The CSI men scored a 118-78 victory, while the women scored a much-closer, 112-90, win. The men improved to an even 2-2 on the year, while the women advanced to 2-4.
The women’s race was highly contested the entire way, as CSI used a decisive advantage in the diving portion to merit a 26-0 point score to give them the edge they needed. Stephanie Collyer took gold in both events, including an outstanding 170.85 score in the three-meter portion. In the distance events CSI was in a hole early, losing the first two events, but rebounded nicely when Jocelyn Padilla raced to a 2:52.68 time in the 200-yard freestyle to get CSI some valuable points.
CSI took over the lead one event later in the 50 Free, as Priscila Alvarez and Collyer finished first and second. After seven events the score was tied at 52-52, and that’s when CSI would win four out of the next six races, including a great win in the next-to-last event of the 100 Breaststroke. Here, Elaina Lei raced to a 1:26.87 time being pushed by BC’s Catherine Chan, who finished just a beat behind at 1:28.51. That gave CSI the clinching points they needed to secure the win. Adding first place finishes for the Dolphins were Vasiliki Stergioula in the 100 Freestyle as well.
The CSI men were in control from start to finish, staving off the Bulldogs when they had to to score a win. The Dolphins started with three straight first-place finishes, first in the 200 Medley Relay, and then Vlad Romanov’s time of 10:33.66 in the 1000 Freestyle followed by Andy Gil’s 2:59.52 faring in the 200 Freestyle. That gave CSI a 29-11 lead. Brooklyn’s Roman Vilnayanskiy scored a win in the 50 Free, but Danila Novikov responded with a win of his own in the 200 Individual Medley. Mixed in was John Pignatelli and Gil taking one-two honors in both the one and three meter diving competitions, putting CSI in cruise control.
Romanov won another event in the 100 Backstroke, followed by a Mitchell Lovell win in the 100 yard Breaststroke event.
CSI will now have a healthy break in the action. They do not return to the pool until January 9, when they take on York College at home in both men’s and women’s competitions at 6pm.